Using soccer to spread the word – the Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania

Posted on February 20, 2015 by Ashley Debilzen
Allison Beebe

​The Kisiwani Lutheran Parish is using soccer to spread the word about malaria prevention and control!

A crowd gathered together to watch the youth soccer team from Kisiwani Lutheran Parish take on the team from the Catholic parish nearby.

At the beginning of the game, Pastor Emmanuel Mnzava of the Kisiwani Lutheran Parish invited the teams and the crowd to join him in an opening prayer. Pastor Emmanuel received malaria training from the Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania, which is supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign and implemented by Lutheran World Relief and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.

LMI Fellows Delegation to Tanzania

LMI Fellows Delegation to Tanzania

 

Photo courtesy of Brenda Kimaro, Lutheran World Relief 

Throughout the soccer match, the announcer helped to educate the crowd with public service announcements about malaria causes, symptoms and treatments. Youth from the Lutheran parish walked through the crowd with banners displaying malaria-related messages.

LMI Fellows Delegation to Tanzania

LMI Fellows Delegation to Tanzania

Photo courtesy of Brenda Kimaro, Lutheran World Relief ​

When the match drew to a close, soccer team members gathered under a mosquito net to reinforce the message: learn to protect yourselves and your families!

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