Not a single member! – The Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Jessica Nipp Hacker
Jessica Nipp Hacker

​Tausi Juma is learning how to keep her children healthy. Tausi is participating in the “Child Survival Program,” one of the ministries of Usa River Lutheran Parish in Meru Diocese, Tanzania. The Child Survival program is part of the Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania.

Usa River Lutheran Parish

Usa River Lutheran Parish

Photo: Tausi with her daughters Yahaya (L) and Nurudi (R).

The program reaches out to women like Tausi, with children under the age of three.  So far 40 women are participating in the comprehensive Child Survival Program, which offers its participants food, health care, malaria prevention training and entrepreneurial training.

The Child Survival Program is making a difference in the Usa River Parish! The program reports that for the past two years, the parish has not lost a single member to malaria.

Because of her training with the Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania, Tausi now knows how to protect her children and herself from malaria.  Tausi received a mosquito net from the Child Survival Program, and now she and her daughters, Yahaya and Nurudi, sleep under the protection of that net every night.

In Tanzania, the malaria program supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign is implemented by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photo by Brenda Kimaro, courtesy of LWR.