ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/Sustainable Livelihoods in Zimbabwe: A Community GardenAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/285http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/285<div class="ExternalClass338CF82360ED4802AC6009C62264B3FD"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">I</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">n Burure, Zimbabwe, there are over 30 sustainable livelihoods&#160;projects underway, all with the hope of reducing malaria's impact in the region. One way to fight malaria is to lessen the burden of poverty on families who are stricken with it. Families with regular income can afford medication, hospital visits, and other malaria interventions.</span></p><p>One of these projects is a large community garden. The garden began with a grant from the Lutheran malaria program in Zimbabwe. There are 68 people who will be participating in this large gardening project (26 men, 42 women). The garden is in the early stages. It covers about 2 acres of land, and is surrounded by a high fence to keep animals out. It was plotted near a natural spring, which is one of the few fresh water sources in the area. &#160;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Zim%20Garden%201.jpg" alt="Zim Garden 1.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Some members of the community garden sit near the fence that surrounds the land.</em></p><p>The garden rows are all marked out, and the members are prepared to plant for the rainy season. The garden is very precisely organized and each person has their own section for which they are responsible. A variety of crops will be grown in the garden, but an emphasis will be on corn. Corn is a staple in the region, and the staple dish in the region, sadza, is made from cornmeal. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Zim%20Garden%202.jpg" alt="Zim Garden 2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Malaria Field Office Kelton Ncube (far right) introduces the leaders of the community garden project.&#160;</em></p><p>The participants also have a work rotation. One member works in the community garden while the others tend to their own crops at home. Many members of the community garden project are also farmers of their own land, so this schedule allows them to work in the garden while still keeping up with their own personal farming obligations. While this is a project of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe, an agricultural extension officer is working with the group, making sure that they are well-educated on best practices in gardening. &#160;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Zim%20Garden%203.jpg" alt="Zim Garden 3.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; The community garden members outside of the garden.&#160;</em></p><p>In addition to providing food and income to the community, the garden members are also encouraging good hygiene practices. A toilet was constructed near the garden as an example to the community in good sanitation habits. Keeping latrines and toilets covered and sanitary is one way to reduce mosquito breeding grounds, and consequently reduce malaria.&#160;</p><p>By helping to contain malaria&#160;and promoting healthy habits, projects like this community garden make a life-saving difference in communites like Burure!</p></div>12/19/2014You are helping to change the world!Jessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/284http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/284<div class="ExternalClassDB9434B33B51462DA1FE1D1DEDECCF61"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Each year the World Health Organization (WHO) puts out its official World Malaria Report [</span><a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/malaria/en/" style="line-height&#58;1.6;">http&#58;//www.who.int/malaria/en/</a><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">], which provides information on global efforts to reduce malaria, and statistics about malaria incidence and mortality. Last week, the WHO launched its World Malaria Report 2014.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/WHO%201.jpg" alt="WHO 1.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p>This report contains some very good news about progress made in reducing malaria cases and deaths. The ELCA, together with our Lutheran companions and partners in Africa, has joined the global efforts to reduce and control malaria, and these global efforts are bringing about <em>real change</em>. For example, </p><ul><li>In 2004, only 3% of people in sub-Saharan African at risk of malaria had access to an insecticide-treated mosquito net.&#160; In 2013, nearly half of the affected population had a net! Scheduled net distributions in the coming months should bring that number even higher.</li><li>Since 2000, malaria-related mortality has been reduced considerably in all sectors. Among under-5 children in sub-Saharan Africa (one of the most vulnerable populations), malaria mortality has been reduced by 58%! &#160;</li><li>Although population in malarial areas has risen, the number of malaria infections has fallen dramatically.&#160; In 2000, there were 173 million malaria infections in the WHO Africa region; by 2013, this number had fallen to 128 million. Because of good education, access to malaria testing and treatment and other prevention and control measures that are now in place, fewer people are getting malaria, and fewer are dying from it. That is very good news. </li></ul><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/WHO%202.jpg" alt="WHO 2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>The World Malaria Report cautions that continued success in malaria control will depend on continued funding of successful malaria programs.&#160; It also lifts up the medical challenges that are present in areas of Western African where Ebola continues to spread. </p><p>The ELCA Malaria Campaign is scheduled to conclude its fundraising activities at the end of 2015.&#160; However, our commitment to supporting the malaria reduction efforts of our Lutheran sisters and brothers in Africa and in other places <em>will not end</em>—our companions will still have the opportunity to apply for funding for malaria and other integrated health programs through our longstanding ELCA World Hunger program. Through Lutheran Disaster Response, the ELCA is also reaching out to our companions who are dealing with Ebola. The ELCA is committed to walking alongside our companions as they reach out to neighbors with programs that address both spiritual and physical wholeness.</p><p>Here are some helpful links to access more information on the World Malaria Report 2014&#58; </p><ul><li>&quot;Scale up in effective malaria control dramatically reduces deaths,&quot; recent WHO news release&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/malaria-control/en/">http&#58;//www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/malaria-control/en/</a> </li><li>Updated WHO malaria fact sheet&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en/">http&#58;//www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en/</a></li><li>WHO 10 facts on malaria&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.who.int/features/factfiles/malaria/malaria_facts/en/">http&#58;//www.who.int/features/factfiles/malaria/malaria_facts/en/</a></li><li>&quot;Fragile gains against malaria,&quot; a New York Times editorial&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/opinion/sunday/fragile-gains-against-malaria.html?_r=0">http&#58;//www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/opinion/sunday/fragile-gains-against-malaria.html?_r=0</a>​</li></ul></div>12/16/2014From Virginia to Nebraska: Pipe Cleaner Mosquitos on DisplayAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/283http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/283<div class="ExternalClass1A3F4649FB804363B193CE49794CA4EC"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Spir</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">it of Grace is a storefront mission congregation in Holdrege, Nebraska. They are a new start congregation that began in 2011 and are situated in a farming community of less than 6,000 people. The church holds radical hospitality as a core value, and seeks to be great neighbors to friends near and far.</span></p><p>In the summer of 2014, 13 women in the Bible Study group spearheaded an effort to raise funds for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. They set a goal of $1,000 and achieved that goal in just two months! Thanks to this accomplishment, a local Christian foundation matched that amount with an additional $1,000. &#160;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Nebraska%20net%202%20small.jpg" alt="Nebraska net 2 small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Spirit of Grace displayed a net with pipe cleaner mosquitos in their church.</em>&#160;</p><p>Their springboard for their successful campaign was a project that they had seen in <em>The Lutheran</em> magazine. A small feature highlighted Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Fairfax, VA, who created pipe clearer mosquitos and put them on a net to display. Spirit of Grace in Nebraska got in touch with Lord of Life in Virginia, and instructions of how to make pipe cleaner mosquitos were shared between the congregations. Spirit of Grace made two displays – one for adults and one for children.&#160; The mosquitos were swatted off of the net for $10 each. &#160;</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Nebraska%20Net%20small.jpg" alt="Nebraska Net small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; A baby doll rests under the safety of a mosquito net at Spirit of Grace</em>.&#160;</p><p>In addition to fundraising, Spirit of Grace used this time of emphasis to educate the congregation about malaria (both adults and children), and pray for our brothers and sisters in Africa who are suffering from the disease. We are grateful for the cross-country and cross-congregation collaboration that led to the success of Spirit of Grace's Malaria Campaign!</p></div>12/11/2014See the impact -- ELCA Malaria Campaign videosJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/282http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/282<div class="ExternalClass3B55C5F93DC54894A16D38092F14F95B"><p>Watching a short video is a wonderful way to catch a more three-dimensional&#160;glimpse of the ministry you support when you give a gift to the ELCA Malaria Campaign.&#160;​ Malaria programs in Africa are making a huge impact, and these videos introduce you to some of the program participants and staff members in Malawi, Zambia, Burundi and Uganda&#160;whose lives are changing for the better!&#160;</p><p><strong>ELCA Malaria Campaign videos are now available all in one place</strong>-- our <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNDmVwhz-M34LjJ69ByRllqmQcyGc3Ykn">ELCA YouTube playlist</a>! &#160;(If you'd like to navigate there on your own, g<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">o to www.youtube.org/elca and click on the &quot;playlists&quot; tab. You'll see lots of ELCA ministries represented. &#160;One of them is malaria.&#160;If you click on that tab, you'll find the page where all of our ELCA Malaria Campaign videos are housed.)</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNDmVwhz-M34LjJ69ByRllqmQcyGc3Ykn"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/ELCA%20YouTube%20malaria%20for%20web.jpg" alt="ELCA YouTube malaria for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />​</a><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">These videos come in a variety of lengths -- from one minute to five -- and each one is a great conversation starter or a wonderful way to thank members of your congregation who have supported the ELCA Malaria Campaign!</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Many of our videos are also available to you in DVD form, free of charge. &#160;To see those videos, along with other great ELCA Malaria Campaign resources, visit our e-store <a href="http&#58;//resources.elca.org/Products-ELCA_Malaria_Campaign.html">here</a>.&#160;</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><strong>Thank you for your support of the ELCA Malaria Campaign! Together with our companions in Africa, we're making malaria history!</strong></span></p></div>12/09/2014"This is a good change!" - The Lutheran malaria program in UgandaJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/281http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/281<div class="ExternalClassDBC455F75DED4CF8B979BF07A7CE0A8E"><p></p><p>My name is Edulu Emmanuel. I come from Damasiko village, in Kapujan sub-county in Katakwi, Uganda. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Edulu%20Emanuel%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Edulu Emanuel for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>I am the person that was chosen by Damasiko village to coordinate with the health center on issues of health in my community. I have worked for eight years with the Department of Health. As a VHT or Village Health Team member, I am also working with the Lutheran malaria program. </p><p>What I do is to find out what type of illness is in the village and I take the report to the health center. I also mobilize and organize people for educational meetings where I teach about issues concerning malaria and hygiene&#58; cleaning of homesteads, digging latrines, drinking clean water and making sure that pregnant mothers go for pre-natal before they are three months' pregnant. I visit homes in the community to make sure they don't have standing water (which attracts mosquitoes), that they are sleeping well and that they use the mosquito nets properly.</p><p>In addition to malaria education and testing, I also help with HIV testing in my community. I have been working to mobilize every family to come for HIV testing, so that those affected can get treatment from the health center, and connect to other health services.</p><p>I am making a difference in my village. Women now go to the clinic for pre-natal care, children are immunized, the culture of malaria prevention has grown, there is less HIV stigma in the community. I am happy that when I go to the bore holes (for water) or to the market, people respect me and are very open with me about their health.</p><p>Before the LWF malaria program came, I could educate people, but the medication for treating malaria was not there. Ever since LWF came here, we have the drugs we need and we follow the guidelines that have been given.</p><p>When I was doing my health work in the village, I found out that my wife was pregnant. So I took her to the clinic for pre-natal care, and I also encouraged her to continue to visit the health center during her pregnancy. I am happy she delivered her baby at the health center, where she received a treated mosquito net and immunizations.&#160; That is why my child is very healthy.&#160; Before the Lutheran malaria program came, I did not have as much knowledge. </p><p>The cases of malaria in this village used to be high, but have now reduced. Now there is proper use of mosquito nets and people go to the clinic to get tested for their health. This is a good change!</p></div>12/05/2014It's #GivingTuesday! Fight malaria today!Jessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/280http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/280<div class="ExternalClass94115FFED2F14C968E3599F3D25BF8FE"><p><span style="font-size&#58;12pt;font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/giving%20tuesday%20for%20web.jpg" alt="giving tuesday for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br> <span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">​</span><span style="font-size&#58;12pt;font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;">This week is known for deals in stores and online. But today is #GivingTuesday – a global day dedicated to giving back.</span>​</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;12pt;font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;">You can be a part of this global movement by joining the ELCA with a gift to one of our most celebrated ministries – the ELCA Malaria Campaign. <strong>Our goal today is to raise $25,000, enough to provide malaria medication in remote communities and clinics with one of our Lutheran companions in Africa for one year.</strong> <a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/malariadonate?srctid=1&amp;erid=10231504&amp;trid=191c3718-e8dd-4900-bb7c-a3e208e1479e">Will you help with your gift today</a>?<br> <br> Your past support has made a difference in the lives of others. Stella, a village health team member from Uganda, talks about the significance of the malaria program in her community.</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;12pt;font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Giving%20Tuesday%202%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Giving Tuesday 2 for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;12pt;font-family&#58;arial, sans-serif;"><a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/malariadonate?srctid=1&amp;erid=10231504&amp;trid=191c3718-e8dd-4900-bb7c-a3e208e1479e">Your gift today</a> will help bring malaria medication and provide lasting impact to people in communities like Stella’s. Join the ELCA Malaria Campaign, working with our Lutheran companions and partners in 13 African countries, to help eliminate deaths from this preventable, treatable disease. Thank you for your prayers, your partnership and your generous gifts.</span>​<br></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/giving%20tuesday%203.png" alt="giving tuesday 3.png" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Giving%20Tuesday%204.png" alt="Giving Tuesday 4.png" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p></div>12/02/2014