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    Make Malaria History

    Making an Impact in Zambia: Part 2

    Posted on February 13, 2013 by jessicanipp
    A traditional healer-- whose remedies won't cure malaria.

    This drama portrays a traditional healer– whose remedies won’t cure malaria.

    With support from the ELCA Malaria Campaign, Lutherans in Africa are providing malaria education programs in creative ways!

    A community group from Kulula, Zambia has created an educational drama, depicting a child suffering from malaria and his parents, who have differing ideas of how he should be treated.

    In the drama, the child lies shivering on the floor.  His mother wishes to take him to a medical clinic to see a doctor, and his father prefers the traditional healer of the village (who would not have access to malaria medicines). They bicker hilariously—but their comic portrayal communicates a very serious message: if a loved one is suffering from the symptoms of malaria, go to a doctor as soon as you can!

    This drama ends happily: the mother’s wishes prevail, the boy is finally taken to a doctor and treatment is successful.  This is a great example of the creative ways that the Lutheran Malaria Program is inspiring communities in Africa to take the malaria message to the streets and to educate households and communities about how to keep themselves safe from malaria.

    Their child is shivering and feverish... what is the best way to help him?  This educational drama portrays the choice available to many parents in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Their child is shivering and feverish… what is the best way to help him? This educational drama portrays the choice available to many parents in sub-Saharan Africa.

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