Invest in the future–defeat malaria! That’s the theme for World Malaria Day 2013, which is celebrated worldwide on April 25.
Our Lutheran sisters and brothers in Southern Africa have put together some great resources for World Malaria Day. You can access these resources on the LUCSA web site. LUCSA–the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa–is a sub-regional expression of the Lutheran World Federation. LUCSA is operating ELCA-funded malaria prgorams in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. (The ELCA is funding malaria progams in six other African countries as well.)
On the LUCSA web site you’ll find two great infographics that measure the impact of malaria programs in the Southern Africa region in the past decade, statistics such as:
- The percentage of households in sub-Saharan Africa owning at least one insecticide-treated net has risen from 3% in 2000 to 50% in 2011.
- The proportion of suspected malaria cases that receive rapid diagnostic testing (RDT) in public health facilities has risen from 2% in 2000 to 45% in 2011. Greater access to RDTs means more lives are saved!
You’ll also be able to view a World Malaria Day video message from Lucas Owuor-Omondi, the Regional Malaria Program Coordinator in Southern Africa. Lucas says,
“Malaria has been around since the dawn of humankind, and continues to ravage the lives of millions of people around the world. Combined with HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and other diseases, malaria forms a destructive alliance that brings pain and suffering to much of the developing world. LUCSA and its partners, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, are walking hand in hand to help communities build a holistic approach to respond to this disease.”
It’s a 4-minute video, and I encourage you to watch all of it here (scroll down to find the video) and share it with your friends!