Rolling back malaria–together

Jessica Nipp

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A billboard in Lusaka, Zambia says "United we can beat Malaria: Remember to sleep under your insecticide treated mosquito net every night."  The Lutheran Malaria Program in Zambia is working together with governmental and non-governmental organizations to implement their malaria prevention and control programs.

A billboard in Lusaka, Zambia says “United we can beat Malaria: Remember to sleep under your insecticide treated mosquito net every night.” The Lutheran Malaria Program in Zambia is working together with governmental and non-governmental organizations to implement their malaria prevention and control programs.

The ELCA Malaria Campaign is working together with Lutheran companions in 12 countries in Africa to prevent and control malaria.  These malaria programs, supported by ELCA gifts and implemented by our Africa companions, work together with national malaria control programs and other non-governmental organizations whenever possible.  This makes it possible for the churches to contribute to the wider Roll Back Malaria (RBM) movement,  whose motto is “a global partnership for a malaria-free world.”

Roll Back Malaria’s vision is of a world free from the burden of malaria.  Below are some of the objectives that RBM seeks to achieve:

  • By 2015, the malaria-specific Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is achieved, and malaria is no longer a major cause of mortality and no longer a barrier to social and economic development and growth anywhere in the world.
  •  Beyond 2015, all countries and partners sustain their political and financial commitment to malaria control efforts. The burden of malaria never rises above the 2015 level, ensuring that malaria does not re-emerge as a global threat.
  •  In the long term, global malaria eradication is achieved. There is no malaria infection in any country. Malaria control efforts can be stopped.

RBM video screen shotThese are laudable objectives, and they are obtainable when global partners come together. The ELCA Malaria Campaign is proud to seek to contribute to this wider network of global partners working to make malaria history.

I highly recommend a new video that was just released by Roll Back Malaria, entitled “Malaria and Poverty.”  It lifts up the need for continued support of malaria control and prevention programs, and emphasizes the role that malaria plays in the cycle of poverty.  Take three minutes to watch this video now!

- See more at: http://blogs.elca.org/malaria/post/rolling-back-malaria-together-25#sthash.K30CQ5M4.dpuf