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    Make Malaria History

    Combating the Malaria/HIV and AIDS “Alliance of Destruction” in Malawi

    Posted on April 19, 2013 by jessicanipp
    Mphatso Thole (R), communicator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi, and John Bvumbwe (L), malaria focal person in a community near Nkhotakota, Malawi. Photo: Anders Uhl

    Mphatso Thole (R), communicator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi, and John Bvumbwe (L), malaria focal person in a community near Nkhotakota, Malawi.

    Mphasto Thole is the Communicator for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM).  Last month, Mphatso and his colleagues welcomed two delegations from the ELCA.  They hosted a visit from Bishop Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, and they also hosted a delegation of staff and volunteers from the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

    Recently the ELCM published a news release about Bishop Hanson’s visit.  Mphatso writes,

    In Alex Perry’s book Lifeblood: How to change the world, one dead mosquito at a time (2011)  the author pointed out that the word Mal`aria was coined in the year 1574, Italian for ‘bad air’, after the foul swamp vapours originally thought to carry it.  In 2013, however, Bishop Bvumbwe of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi has his own definition: malaria is a disease transmitted by a mosquito and has made an alliance with HIV and AIDS to kill people. While both definitions deliver a point, this article unpacks the second definition by taking readers on board to know what is happening in Nkhotakota and Salima, the districts that enjoy the breeze of Lake Malawi while people who sleep without bed nets 365 days a year, suffer because of the mosquito bites and the disease they transmit.

    You can read the whole article here.

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