In Panyagor, Twic East County, South Sudan, today is a banner day. Today, our companions in South Sudan celebrate the launch of the Lutheran malaria program there. The program is fully supported by your gifts to the ELCA Malaria Campaign, and is implemented by our partners in the Lutheran World Federation. The program will be active in Twic East and Duk Counties.
For more information about some of the challenges facing this region, and the other ways in which Lutheran World Federation is at work there, please check out this video, entitled “Beseiged by Water: Building a dyke and a future in Twic East.” (Around the 6:00 mark, there’s a great depiction of the impact that a Village Savings and Loans group can make in a community!)
Program staff in South Sudan have been working hard to create local relationships, and many high-profile guests will be attending the launch celebration today. These guests include the District Commissioner, representatives of several government departments (Health, Education, Gender, Social and Child Welfare, Agriculture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), community organizations, local chiefs, and representatives from several non-governmental organizations. These guests are signaling their intention to support the Lutheran malaria program, which will greatly contribute to its local impact.
As the program launches, several priorities have been identified for September:
- Identify and train malaria promoters
- Identify and register at-risk households in the program area
- Train school leaders on malaria prevention and control
- Work with health facilities to educate pregnant women on malaria during pre-natal visits
There is much to celebrate in Panyagor today, thanks to your generosity. In the coming month–and in the coming years– the Lutheran malaria program in South Sudan will change lives. As donors and supporters of the ELCA Malaria Campaign, we celebrate alongside our sisters and brothers in Panyagor today–together, we’re making malaria history!