ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/Pastor Andrea Senkoro – The Lutheran malaria program in Tanzania Ben Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/335http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/335<div class="ExternalClassD37B9075753F4BCA87A67A99AFC7C57B"><p>Bonde la Ruvu Lutheran Parish<br> Pare Diocese, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania<br><img alt="Pastor Andrea Senkoro for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Pastor%20Andrea%20Senkoro%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p><strong>Pastor Andrea Senkoro</strong> received malaria prevention and treatment training in 2010 when at the Mwanga Parish. He was Northern District Pastor at that time. From there, he went to Usangi Parish. He has served Bonde la Ruvu Parish since January 2014, replacing Pastor Mmwiri who is furthering his studies at Makumira University near Arusha</p><p>As district pastor, he encourages the other pastors in his district to talk about malaria in their congregations; malaria is included on the agenda for district pastor meetings. Pastor Senkoro wraps malaria education into comprehensive wellness programming he provides his congregants, including proper sanitation, safe water handling, economic capacity and malaria.</p><p>Malaria is talked about in sermons and at crusade meetings. &quot;Ignorance is a hindrance to malaria sensitization,&quot; says Pastor Senkoro. He noted the taboo about sleeping under a bed net, that it is like being buried or inside a grave. People who have not received schooling, like the Maasai in the congregations he serves now, hold more tightly to traditional beliefs so it's more difficult to get them to change their behavior. For&#160;instance,&#160;when a child show symptoms of malaria, they may believe that child is bewitched and take them to a witch doctor instead of to a health facility to receive treatment.</p><p>In his previous parish (Usangi)&#160;Pastor Senkoro&#160;found it easier to get people to change their behavior when it came to malaria. The information was well-adopted, but he also&#160;had easier access to his congregants as that area had better infrastructure and they receveived more education. It was also a smaller parish.</p><p>But Pastor Sekoro says he is not discouraged by slow progress he faces in the new parish. &quot;I'll never give up,&quot; he says.&#160; &quot;Mosquito nets are not enough,&quot; he says. Many families have a large number of children and they can't all be covered by the few nets they can afford. Inside one boma many people can be infected which makes it easier for it to spread to others. &quot;To be attacked by malaria is very easy,&quot; says Pastor Senkoro.</p><p>Combating malaria &quot;must be the duty of many stakeholders.&quot; He believes the church, both leaders and lay members, and the government all must take part in efforts to reduce malaria deaths.</p><p>When he came to Bonde la Ruvu Parish, he found there was already awareness about malaria among the congregants. The previous pastor had been quite active in malaria education and used several approaches to educate the members, including dramas and poems by the youth.</p><p>There have been no malaria deaths yet this year in the parish; however, there were three women who miscarried while they were sick with malaria.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>The pastor actually had malaria at the time of this interview (he stays in congregants homes when he travels from congregation to congregation and often sleeps without a net because there isn't one for him there). But he recognized the symptoms early and sought treatment. He had just completed his dose but was still feeling sick. &quot;I'm giving you a smile but it's not my real smile,&quot; he said while I took his photo.</p><p>The parish has 28 congregations and the geographic area covered by his parish is 165 km in diameter. 15 evangelists also serve the parish; each serves 2 or 3 congregations.<br> <br></p></div>07/29/2015ELCA Youth are engaged in the work of our church, ELCA Malaria CampaignBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/334http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/334<div class="ExternalClass31A8E5875E85435CB65E6F257A5A8D67"><p>​Last week, July 15-19, about 30,000 youth plus another couple thousand volunteers and partners of the ELCA arrived in Detroit. As a part of these triennial ELCA Youth Gatherings, ELCA World Hunger develops a fundraising event for the youth of the ELCA to rally around and to make their mark on the mission of the ELCA's World Hunger and Disaster Appeal. For the Gathering in Detroit, ELCA World Hunger called on the youth of the ELCA to raise $500,000, which is to be matched for a grand total of $1 million for the ELCA Walk for Water. This money will be used to support ELCA companions and partners <span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">around the</span> world and here in the United States with water projects to support the advancement of access to clean and sustainable water sources. </p><p><img alt="Malaria-Dan2 for web.jpg" src="https&#58;//search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Malaria-Dan2%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;0px;" />&#160;</p><p>The youth certainly responded, raising about $402,000 by week's end. However, we are not just a church by&#160;the size of the check we write to our neighbors in need. We are also a church by&#160;community we create around worship, fellowship and, of course, service – service that happened all across the city of Detroit but also within the Cobo Center where the partners of &quot;Proclaim Community&quot; spent their week, including the ELCA Walk for Water. </p><p>The ELCA Walk for Water was not only about raising $1 million to financially support water projects. It was also an opportunity for youth, their adult leaders, volunteers and the ELCA as a whole to learn and talk about what it means to not have access to clean water, to walk the average 3.7 miles women in Sub-Saharan Africa walk for clean water, to learn about water-borne and water-related illnesses and, most importantly, what we as a church are doing about it through campaigns such as the ELCA Malaria Campaign. </p><p><img alt="Malaria-Ben5 for web.jpg" src="https&#58;//search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Malaria-Ben5%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p style="text-align&#58;left;">Part of the education element of the Walk for Water was a &quot;clinic&quot; along the tenth of a mile track (1/37<sup>th</sup> of the length women in Sub-Saharan Africa walk on average every day for water). When walkers arrived at the clinic, they were diagnosed with a water-borne or water-related illness, either a diarrheal disease, worms or malaria based on a symbol on their 40-pound jug of water. If a walker was diagnosed with malaria, they would proceed to three green cots where a staff member or volunteer would give them two red jelly beans to symbolize the anti-malarial medications used to treat patients diagnosed with malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. The staff person or volunteer would then talk to the walker about malaria, how they got malaria and how it relates to the Walk for Water, how malaria is treated and its symptoms, and how malaria is a disease of inequality not scarcity, the theme of sorts for the Walk for Water space following <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyNdMl-TC0I"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Mikka McCracken's speech</span></a> from the stage at Ford Field.</p><p>The ELCA Malaria Campaign is in its fifth and final year, raising more than $14.5 million toward a $15 million goal as part of a global effort to contain malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. The ELCA Malaria Campaign shone brightly at the ELCA Walk for Water space. When asked how people contract malaria, how much mosquito nets cost and if there is enough money in the entire world to provide those nets to all who need one, Walk for Water participants nearly shouted their answers! </p><p><img alt="Malaria-Ben7 for web.jpg" src="https&#58;//search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Malaria-Ben7%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Countless congregations that have been active in the ELCA Malaria Campaign were present at the Walk for Water, and both their successful fundraising and education efforts were on display. In the Walk for Water clinic space in Cobo, staff and volunteers reported to participants that the ELCA Malaria Campaign was part of a global effort, which since 2015 has helped to cut malaria deaths in half worldwide! Youth from congregations participating in the Malaria Campaign knew the cost of nets, how they work and why women get sick while walking for water. Adult leaders and youth participants were eager to share with us in that space how their congregations responded to the call to contain malaria and were eager to know what happens next.</p><p>The ELCA Malaria Campaign has raised more than $14.5 million toward the $15 million goal, but it has also done so much more. It has taught children, youth and adults within this church, the ELCA, what malaria is and has helped spread the knowledge of how to prevent this disease, a disease of inequality not scarcity, a preventable disease. They shared, nodded and asked questions about why when malaria nets cost only about $10, people are still getting sick and sometimes dying from this preventable disease. The ELCA Malaria Campaign has successfully been a part of a global malaria campaign to ask the tough questions, find the answers, support our partners and companions and respond with the energy, enthusiasm and faith that shone brightly last week in Detroit.</p><p>&#160;<img alt="Malaria-Ben2 for web.jpg" src="/blogs/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Malaria-Ben2%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p><em>Ben Brown currently serves as an intern with ELCA World Hunger. Ben will be a senior at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio this fall, studying Religion and Political Science.&#160;Ben is from Indianapolis, Indiana.</em></p></div>07/24/2015Malaria care at the household level - The Lutheran malaria program in UgandaBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/333http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/333<div class="ExternalClass43B372BF9D9A4B558AA264ACD57DE7A6"><p><img alt="Stella VHT for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Stella%20VHT%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />Stella is a VHT—a trained volunteer working with the Lutheran malaria program in Uganda. She brings malaria education, resources, testing and treatment to the households under her care, through community events, health talks and household visits. &quot;When someone in this community gets sick, the family knows to come to me for testing as soon as possible,&quot; Stella says. &quot;The community is happy to have a VHT come around.&#160; They see that the Lutheran program has not come to play, but to work!&quot;</p><p>The conversation below offers us a snapshot of what a one of Stella's household malaria visits looks like.&#160; A woman has brought her young daughter to Stella because the child has a fever. </p><p>&#160;&quot;When someone comes to me, I first ask their name,&quot; Stella says.&#160; &quot;I look in my book to find their record. I give the visitor a seat, greet them, and ask what the problem is.&quot; </p><p>The following conversation ensues&#58;<br> &quot;What is the name of the child?&quot;<br> - Her name is Agiti.<br> &quot;How long has she been sick?&quot; <br>- About 24 hours.<br> &quot;How old is she?&quot;<br> - She is 8 months old.<br> &quot;Has the child been sleeping under a mosquito net?&quot;<br> - Yes, every night.</p><p><img alt="Stella with baby for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Stella%20with%20baby%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Stella marks all of this information in her record book. She puts on gloves, reminding the mother to come to her within 24 hours of the child showing symptoms.&#160; Stella explains that she is not selling anything, but that these testing services are free because of the Lutheran World Federation malaria program. She asks the woman to tell her neighbors to come and receive testing services for free when they are sick, also. </p><p>Stella uses an alcohol wipe to sterilize Agiti's finger for the finger prick that is a part of the Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) that she uses to diagnose malaria. Stella checks the expiration date on the test, and labels the RDT with the child's name for accuracy. She pricks the child's finger and puts one drop of blood on the RDT.&#160; She uses a small piece of gauze to stop the bleeding. Now they await the results for 15 minutes. &#160;Stella uses that time to talk further with the child's mother.</p><p><img alt="Stella Coartem for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Stella%20Coartem%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>If the parent says the child has been experiencing an unusually very high fever, Stella refers them to the Health Center.&#160; If the case of malaria is severe, involving convulsions or other severe symptoms, Stella gives first aid and refers to the health center immediately. If the RDT returns a positive result for malaria, Stella is able to treat the case immediately with a medication called Coartem, without clinic referral.&#160; &quot;This is knowledge that I received from LWF,&quot; Stella say. &quot;LWF has blessed this community!&quot;</p><p>&quot;I am so thankful to the ELCA and to the Lutheran World Federation [which implements the Lutheran malaria program in Uganda],&quot; says Stella. &quot;I have learned so many things about malaria during our trainings.&#160; And with the malaria education and treatment that I provide, the situation in this village is improving.&quot; </p></div>07/21/2015“Already we are seeing progress” – The Lutheran malaria program in BurundiJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/332http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/332<div class="ExternalClassDA5F7C82FDCF4626ABB23A86D96829B5"><p>​<em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Evariste Kabura is a staff person with Lutheran World Federation (LWF)-Burundi; he coordinates the Lutheran malaria program in Burundi. In this interview, he tells us more about his work and about the impact that the malaria program is making in the lives of Burundian communities.</em></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Evariste%20Kabura%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Evariste Kabura for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160; &#160; &#160;</p><p><em>(Photo&#58; Evariste Kabura, Lutehran World Federation-Burundi)</em></p><p>My work includes support of project activities including sensitization [education] on malaria strategies, helping to make sure communities seek treatment, supporting treatment centers and advocacy&#58; we train community leaders to work together with administration and government to seek for malaria assistance. I also work on the implementation of malaria prevention strategies and advocacy strategies.&#160; </p><p>&#160; &#160; &#160;The communities we work with are encouraged to claim their rights. LWF works with public health, government and communities to improve the health situations.&#160; We are based in, and work directly with, communities. &#160;This is important because the animators [trained volunteer leaders] are community members and they know the daily program of activities in their communities. They interact daily with their communities.&#160; They know who is sick, and who is not. </p><p>&#160; &#160; &#160;This malaria program is very good for Burundi because most people are not yet aware of malaria and their resources. They don't yet have a prevention strategy.&#160; Some of them, when they are sick, don't visit the health center.&#160; And some of them die. If the program is able to teach and to train people to seek treatment, I'm sure that malaria morbidity and mortality rates will reduce. </p><p>&#160; &#160; &#160;Already we are seeing progress. In this province, I've seen the health center record that the number of people visiting for malaria treatment has gone down! Schools are coming to us to ask for malaria sensitization because their pupils keep getting sick.</p><p>&#160; &#160; &#160;LWF has realized that malaria cases are many in the affected communities. This hinders development work in these communities.&#160; If we can reduce cases of malaria in communities, they are free to focus on their development.&#160; I have seen many changes already.</p><p>&#160; &#160; &#160;When I see children and families who have recovered from malaria, I am very happy.&#160; We shall make sure that many more children and pregnant women get the testing and treatment that they need, and make sure that drugs are taken properly. My hope for the future is to see our communities healthy, without malaria. And I hope they can continue their hard work and development.&#160;</p></div>07/16/2015“The campers were just so excited to give”- Iowa day camp raises support one dime at a timeBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/331http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/331<div class="ExternalClass07742FCA655C4730986D8E42DFE8EE96"><p>​At Christ Lutheran Church's week-long day camp program, &quot;God moments&quot; appeared as campers shared their gifts with the ELCA Malaria Campaign, which&#160;supports the work of the our Lutheran companions in 13 countries in Africa. The campers, parents, and volunteers at Christ Lutheran Church were particularly inspired by the stories shared by one staff member from Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp who is from Tanzania. She is serving on staff at Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp as part of an ELCA-sponsored international camp counselor exchange program. Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp is a Lutheran outdoor ministry located in Story City, IA. There are about 140 Lutheran outdoor ministry programs and camps across the United States.</p><p>Youth and Young Adults&#160;have played an important role in the ELCA Malaria Campaign, from children participating in &quot;Catch the Buzz&quot; VBS, to college students supporting robust efforts by Lutheran Campus Ministry.</p><p><img alt="Christ Day Camp for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Christ%20Day%20Camp%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p><span style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><em>Photo&#58; Jan and a counselor from Riverside Lutheran Bible camp show campers a mosquito net. They are holding up five fingers for the five nets they were able to fund with the campers' gifts.</em></span><br></p><p>In total, the campers at Christ Lutheran Church's day camp in partnership with Central Christian Church raised about $55 one dime at a time. Campers were encouraged to bring in dimes and for every dime they gave to the ELCA Malaria Campaign they received a pipe cleaner mosquito to attach to the malaria net in Christ's narthex. Other campers who did not have dimes to bring in were given the opportunity to stick a Velcro dart on a target, if they made it they received a dime to give to the ELCA Malaria Campaign. &quot;Even the kids without money could be a part of giving to the malaria campaign,&quot; said Jan Rosdail, a member of Christ Lutheran Church and an adult volunteer for the week of the day camp.</p><p>A program night in the middle of the week made people&#160;especially excited about sharing their gifts with the ELCA Malaria Campaign. It was then that they heard from the Riverside counselor from Tanzania. She shared about her home country, the Maasai people, and her own experiences with malaria, inspiring both campers and parents. The next day Jan said, &quot;I found that I was having trouble keeping up with the donations! The campers were just so excited to give!&quot; One camper in particular returned the day after the program night and donated her tooth fairy money after losing her tooth that night. Jan said, &quot;Her toothless grin told the whole story-truly a 'God moment' for us all!&quot;&#160;​</p><p><br></p><p><em>Ben Brown currently serves as an intern with ELCA World Hunger. Ben will be a senior at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio this fall, studying Religion and Political Science.&#160;Ben is from Indianapolis, Indiana. </em></p></div>07/10/2015Caring for vulnerable children - The Lutheran malaria program in UgandaBen Brownhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/330http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/330<div class="ExternalClass891F2F2C71994CA1A22F04E958A46186"><p><img alt="Enyur Dan for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Enyur%20Dan%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Enyur Dan lives in Katakwi, Uganda. He's seven years old.&#160; When he was three, Enyur became very ill with a crippling disease that left him unable to walk, talk or see.&#160; </p><p>In addition to his physical disabilities, Enyur Dan often suffered from high fevers.&#160; Because he was unable to walk to the health center, his family often had to purchase malaria medicine for him without having him tested. </p><p><img alt="Enyur Dan Grandma for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Enyur%20Dan%20Grandma%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>When the Lutheran malaria program came to Katakwi, the VHT (Village Health Team member) came to Enyur's home and saw that he was suffering from malaria frequently. Because he can make house calls, the VHT was able to ensure that Enyur is tested and treated every time he shows symptoms of malaria. He also procured a net for the child, and Enyur has been sleeping under that net every night since then. He no longer suffers frequent bouts of malaria. </p><p>Dan's grandmother, Idekur Apulmera, is his primary caretaker. She has received education and training about malaria prevention and control from the local VHT. She says of herself, &quot;It is only one eye that sees, but I am able to see that the household stays hygienic.&#160; I help the neighbors with household hygiene as well. I keep all of our dishes high up on the frames, and not on the ground, so we do not attract mosquitoes.&quot;</p><p><img alt="Enyur Dan Grandma 2 for web.jpg" src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Enyur%20Dan%20Grandma%202%20for%20web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>Through the Lutheran malaria program, Enyur's family was also able to connect with a Village Savings and Loan Association in their community. They plan to borrow 100,000 shillings ($40 USD) from the association to purchase a wheelchair for Enyur. The Lutheran malaria program in Uganda has helped Enyur's family to provide the care he needs to be healthier and more independent. </p><p><em>(Photos&#58; Enyur, Enyur and his grandmother under his net, Enyur and his grandmother.)</em></p></div>07/08/2015