ELCA Malaria Campaignhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/Beyond 2015: FAQs about the ELCA Malaria CampaignJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/259http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/259<div class="ExternalClass135B722B408C49F0A5E7185B423C1856"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Thanks to an overwhelming show of support and generosity from ELCA members and congregations, the ELCA Malaria Campaign has already raised $12.8 million toward our $15 million fundraising goal! This means that people in 13 countries in Africa have access to effective, community-based malaria programs&#160;that equip them to prevent and control malaria within their households. Hand in hand with our Lutheran sisters and brothers in Africa, the ELCA Malaria Campaign is making a difference in millions of lives.</span></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Zambia%20celebrate%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Zambia celebrate for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;</p><p>We've reached the part of the Malaria Campaign where we start thinking about words like &quot;success&quot; and &quot;celebration&quot; and &quot;conclusion.&quot; These are exciting words, and they lead to some questions that are asked frequently.&#160; We thought we'd share with you some of those Frequently Asked Questions, and their answers.&#160; If you'd like to download a sheet of FAQs about the ELCA Malaria Campaign, you can do so <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/malaria/resources">here</a>, under the &quot;General&quot; tab.&#160; If you have additional questions that are not addressed here, we'd love to hear from you. You can email us at&#160;<a href="mailto&#58;malaria@elca.org">malaria@elca.org</a>.&#160;</p><p><strong>When did the ELCA Malaria Campaign begin? When will it end?</strong></p><p>The 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted to begin initial malaria fundraising activities in the ELCA. In 2010 and 2011, pilot synods intentionally engaged with congregations and individuals in their synods, creating and testing materials, raising money and providing feedback. In August 2011, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly voted overwhelmingly to roll out the ELCA Malaria Campaign on a national level and to continue it through the 2015 fiscal year (which ends Jan. 31, 2016).</p><p><strong>How does the ELCA Malaria Campaign fit into the Campaign for the ELCA?</strong></p><p>I'm glad you asked! Check out&#160;<a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/202">this previous post</a>&#160;from the Malaria Blog for more information. </p><p><strong>What if we raise</strong><strong>&#160;</strong><strong>more</strong><strong>&#160;</strong><strong>than $15 million?</strong></p><p>Then we celebrate Lutheran generosity! Additional malaria-related funding could be used to expand or extend existing malaria programs, or to allow companions in other countries to get involved.</p><p><strong>What happens if we reach our $15 million goal early?</strong></p><p>As of September 2014, the ELCA Malaria Campaign has already raised nearly $13 million, so it is quite possible that we will reach our goal&#160;<span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">before</span>&#160;the end of 2015. When we do reach $15 million, the whole church will be invited to celebrate our success together. We will continue to collect funds to support the malaria programs of our companions through the official close of the ELCA Malaria Campaign (January 2016).</p><p><strong>What happens to malaria programs after 2015?</strong></p><p>Though our official fundraising campaign for malaria will come to an end, our commitment to walking together with our companions and supporting their health-care ministries will not end. Our global Lutheran partners who choose to prioritize malaria programming after 2015 will seek funding through ELCA World Hunger, which has a long history of supporting health-related programming and sustainable development programs that work to break the cycle of poverty, hunger and disease.</p><p><strong>What about World Malaria Day after 2015?</strong></p><p>World Malaria Day has captured the imagination of many individuals and congregations in the ELCA. We plan to continue to commemorate World Malaria Day each year by encouraging a special offering for the malaria programs and integrated health work supported by ELCA World Hunger.&#160;</p><p><strong>What if my congregation is looking for our &quot;next project&quot;? Any suggestions?</strong></p><p>Why, yes! The <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/campaign">Campaign for the ELCA</a> is helping to expand and enhance some of the wonderful ministries that our church does together, and we welcome your congregation's support. &#160;Some of the ministries lifted up by the Campaign for the ELCA include ELCA World Hunger, the Fund for Leaders, Disabilities Ministries, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, New and Renewing Congregations, Missionary Sponsorship, Young Adults in Global Mission, Scholarships for International Women, and other Global Ministries.&#160; There are many ways to get involved&#58; support a missionary or a seminary student! Learn more about international water projects! Help start a new congregation! To access Campaign-related resources, <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/Resources/Campaign-for-the-ELCA">click here</a>, or email&#160;<a href="mailto&#58;campaignforELCA@elca.org">campaignforELCA@elca.org</a>.&#160;<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Campaign%20image%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Campaign image for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p><br></p></div>09/18/2014Sustainable Livelihoods in Zimbabwe: A Grocery Store CooperativeAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/258http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/258<div class="ExternalClassAA954CC21AD34BF5B058654BB954BEC2"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">A</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> group of women in rural Burure, Zimbabwe recognized an opportunity in their community. The nearest grocery store was five kilometers away from their neighborhood, and the women thought it was important to have a shop with essential supplies closer to home. Working through the Lutheran malaria program in Zimbabwe, the women applied for a grant of seed money, which helped to get their small business up and running. Their grocery store is one of the sustainable livelihoods projects of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe's Lutheran malaria program.</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Zim%20store%202.jpg" alt="Zim store 2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><em>Photo&#58; The women pictured here are members of a grocery store cooperative in Burure, Zimbabwe. </em></p><p>Ten women share the responsibility of running the grocery store. The stakeholders keep the store stocked with food, water, cooking utensils, some clothing, laundry detergent, soap and other necessities for daily life. The members take turns minding the store, taking inventory and keeping records. The small store makes a big difference when it comes to easily accessing the products we all use every day. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Zim%20store%201.jpg" alt="Zim store 1.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; This small shop is one of the sustainable livelihood projects of the Lutheran malaria program.</em></p><p>The income generated by the grocery store can pay for things like transportation to hospitals or medication to treat malaria. Malaria is a disease of poverty, so helping households to break the cycle of poverty and disease is one way to reduce the impact of malaria in communities like Burure. The women use the proceeds of their grocery store to purchase supplies that help keep their families safe and healthy.</p><p>​​​<img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Zim%20store%203.jpg" alt="Zim store 3.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;450px;height&#58;310px;" /><br></p><p><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;">Photo&#58; Mrs. Moyo, Malaria Field Officer for the Victoria Falls Region, speaks at the grocery store's dedication.&#160;</em><br></p><p><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Zim%20store%204.jpg" alt="Zim store 4.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; A woman sings a hymn at the dedication of the community grocery store cooperative. The women in the cooperative are members of Burure Lutheran Parish. </em></p><p><br></p></div>09/16/2014Region 6: Register now for your ELCA Networks for Mission EventAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/257http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/257<div class="ExternalClassDCE2F5A1A1834BEBA7C8355EB72B90E3"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Do you live in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky or Ohio? If so, an exciting ELCA gathering is coming your way!</span></p><p>The Region 6 Networks for Mission Event will focus on the theme <em>We are Church Together</em>&#160;and <strong>will feature Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton as keynote presenter</strong>. </p><p>The event will take place from <strong>October 9-11, 2014</strong> at Zoar Lutheran Church in <strong>Perrysburg, Ohio</strong>.​​ </p><p>Through large group sessions, skill workshops and strategic sharing with participating ELCA ministries and networks, you can return to your congregation and community re-energized and ready to better coordinate and collaborate for mission and ministry in the midst of a changing church. </p><p><a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/page.redir?target=http&#58;//community.elca.org/ELCANetworksForMissionRegion6October2014&amp;srcid=53656&amp;srctid=1&amp;erid=9380322&amp;trid=c23fd5c8-51aa-46d3-ad6f-88265979ddcd">Register now!</a></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Blog%20Bishop_Elizabeth_A_Eaton_Select_05.jpg" alt="Blog Bishop_Elizabeth_A_Eaton_Select_05.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, who will be speaking at the Region 6&#160;ELCA&#160;Networks for Mission Event.</em></p><p><strong>The Networks for Mission Event welcomes&#58;</strong></p><ul><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Those who are looking for new ways to connect or reconnect with the ELCA and deepen their networks for ministry</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Those who want to learn more about the ministries of the ELCA and how their congregations can get involved</span><br></li><li><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Those who are interested in meeting others from their region and synod who are passionate about bearing witness to Jesus Christ in word and deed, ending hunger, responding to disasters, global engagement, communicating and sharing the story of the ELCA</span><br></li></ul><p><strong>There are three types of registrations available&#58;</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li><strong>$100 Full event registration.</strong> Includes onsite meals, lodging and programming.&#160;Register with credit card payment online or register by phone. </li></ul><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li><strong>$50 Commuter registration.</strong> Includes onsite meals (except breakfast) and programming expenses for all three days of the event. Register by phone only. ​</li></ul><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li><strong>$25 Saturday-only registration.</strong> Includes lunch onsite and programming expenses. Register with credit card payment online or register by phone. </li></ul><p><b>The following ministry networks are participating&#58;</b></p><ul style="list-style-type&#58;disc;"><li>ELCA World Hunger Leaders/ELCA Malaria Campaign Coordinators</li><li>Synod and Congregational Communicators</li><li>Mission Interpreters and Mission Interpreter Coordinators</li><li>Lutheran Disaster Response Coordinators and Volunteers</li><li>ELCA Global Mission -- Companion Synods&#160;</li></ul><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">If you would like to attend, </span><a href="https&#58;//community.elca.org/page.redir?target=https&#58;//community.elca.org/ELCANetworksForMissionRegion6October2014&amp;srcid=53656&amp;srctid=1&amp;erid=9380322&amp;trid=c23fd5c8-51aa-46d3-ad6f-88265979ddcd" style="line-height&#58;1.6;">register now</a><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"> for the Region 6 ELCA Networks for Mission Event. &#160;<strong>To be guaranteed a hotel room, please register before September 15, 2014</strong>. If you are not in need of overnight accommodations,&#160;general registration will remain open until&#160;<strong>October 1, 2014</strong>.&#160;For more information, please contact </span><a href="mailto&#58;NetworkEvent@elca.org" style="line-height&#58;1.6;">NetworkEvent@elca.org</a>.</p><p><em>We are Church Together.​​ </em></p><p><em>&quot;...we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.&quot; (Romans 12&#58; 4-5)</em></p><p><em></em><i><br></i> ​<br></p></div>09/11/2014Dorcas the Mosquito - Lutheran Malaria Program in TanzaniaJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/256http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/256<div class="ExternalClassABE02B4651904522A761706B95BB49B6"><p></p><p>Dorcas, a five-year-old girl at Ngaruma Lutheran Parish in Tanzania, plays the starring role as a malaria-carrying mosquito in the church's educational skit. Dorcas uses a marker&#160;as the mosquito's proboscis, an elongated snout or mouth. The skit, presented by the Sunday school children as a part of the Lutheran malaria program, is intended to educate the church and the community about malaria prevention methods, symptoms and how to seek treatment. </p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/Browse/Dorcas%201.jpg" alt="Dorcas 1.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p>In the skit, Dorcas flies among the Sunday school children at Ngaruma Lutheran Parish, accompanied by the sound effect of her classmates' constant buzzing. She is hungry and looking for someone to bite! She tries multiple times to get to the children under the net, but is unable to reach them. </p><p>​<br></p><p>Dorcas the Mosquito easily bites the unprotected children, who are then infected with the malaria parasite. She tries many times to bite other children, but since they are under the protection of a long-lasting insecticide treated net, she is unable to reach them. Through the skit, Dorcas and her Sunday school class are not only teaching their congregation how to prevent malaria but reinforcing the ideas for themselves as well.</p><p><em>The malaria program supported by the ELCA Malaria Campaign in Tanzania is implemented by Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Photos courtesy of LWR. See these photos and more in our <a href="http&#58;//globalpix.smugmug.com/ELCAMalariaCampaigncaptions">Malaria Photo Gallery​</a>!</em></p></div>09/08/2014ELCA Students Surpass $125,000 Fundraising GoalAllison Beebehttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/255http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/255<div class="ExternalClass7E8B26989BB147FA8A4147E4AD96BDB9"><p>​<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">St</span><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">udents at ELCA colleges, universities and campus ministries have been some of the most inspiring leaders with the ELCA Malaria Campaign. The combined efforts of many campus ministries of the ELCA met the Sorenson Matching Challenge goal of raising $125,000 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign!</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20CLU.jpg" alt="Sorenson CLU.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></span>&#160;</p><p><em style="line-height&#58;1.6;">Photo&#58; Students at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA dance to African music.​​&#160;</em><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">The Matching Challenge was set forth by Arne and Ruth Sorenson of Chevy Chase, MD. The challenge worked in two ways. First, they provided seed money to 12 ELCA colleges, universities and campus ministries to support their fundraising efforts. Second, they committed to matching all funds raised through campus ministries in order to double the efforts of the students. The 12 grantee institutions were joined by 23 others who raised money for the ELCA Malaria Campaign - a total of $135,000 and counting - which means students have now officially met and exceeded the $125,000 goal!</span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20Every%2060%20Seconds.jpg" alt="Sorenson Every 60 Seconds.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></p><p><span style="line-height&#58;1.6;"><em>Photo&#58; A student at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ creates a poster.</em></span></p><p>&#160;<span style="line-height&#58;1.6;">&quot;It has been exciting to participate in the ELCA Malaria Campaign Initiative inspired by the spirit&#160;brought to the mission by the many college students who brought awareness of the Malaria challenge to their friends, families and communities,&quot; said Arne and Ruth Sorenson, in a recent ELCA <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7686">news release​</a>.</span></p><p>&quot;With an abundance of creative activities inviting all to make a difference and the stories of collaboration and determination to reach beyond their goals, college campuses demonstrated that they are indeed the leaders of the future in the movement to raise awareness and funds to eradicate malaria in Africa. We have been honored to be partners in the effort through the Sorenson Grant Challenge,&quot; they said.</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20LSU.jpg" alt="Sorenson LSU.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Students at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA promote the ELCA Malaria Campaign.&#160;</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20Wartburg.jpg" alt="Sorenson Wartburg.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></em><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Kelsey Nulph was the leader of the Wartburg Malaria Initiative, which ultimately&#160;raised over $40,000&#160;on campus and in the Wartburg College community.</em></p><p>The programs on campuses took many different forms. Wartburg College hosted a benefit concert, the University of North Dakota went tailgating, Thiel College organized a 5K Race, the University of Montana – Missoula held a pancake breakfast, Concordia College collected offerings during chapel services&#160;– and those are just a few examples! All of this fun and fellowship was in the interest of raising awareness and funds to help fight malaria. Many schools plan to continue with malaria-related events into the next academic year, until the conclusion of the ELCA Malaria Campaign in 2015.​​</p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20Mascot.jpg" alt="Sorenson Mascot.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; A mosquito mascot buzzes around Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20Pancake%20Supper%201.jpg" alt="Sorenson Pancake Supper 1.jpg" style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;margin&#58;5px;" /><br></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Emmaus Campus Ministry at Montana State University in Missoula, MT prepares a pancake supper.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><em style="line-height&#58;20.7999992370605px;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20UND.jpg" alt="Sorenson UND.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></em><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Student leaders pose with their malaria display&#160;at Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Ministry of&#160;the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.</em></p><p>The Sorenson Grant Campus Challenge was about so much more than simply fundraising. It gave young people a chance to learn about our Lutheran partners in Africa, and accompany them in their work. It brought together students from different backgrounds for a common cause. It allowed malaria to be a point of emphasis in lecture halls and classrooms where it otherwise might not have been. It created opportunities for leadership development among bright, capable students. It made the work of Lutheran Campus Ministry more visible throughout communities. It brought together local churches, who surrounded the Campus Ministries with their stable support. We are thrilled with the faithful work of these students, and happy to report that they met their goal!</p><p><em>For more on this story, please read this <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7686">news release​</a> put forth by the ELCA News Service.&#160;</em></p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20Spring%20Group.jpg" alt="Sorenson Spring Group.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; Students at Thiel College in Greenville, PA&#160;organized a 5K race&#160;​against malaria.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Sorenson%20Wartburg%202.jpg" alt="Sorenson Wartburg 2.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></em></p><p><em>Photo&#58; These students created a documentary about malaria titled &quot;60 Seconds to Change&quot; at Wartburg College.&#160;</em></p><p><em><br></em></p></div>09/04/2014Malaria Program DashboardJessica Nipp Hackerhttp://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/254http://elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/254<div class="ExternalClass626B6931442744F69394BA28FE8410A6"><p>​<span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;">Hello Malaria Blog reader! It’s time for an updated version of the &quot;Malaria Program Dashboard.&quot; This dashboard shows at a glance which stage of programming each country's malaria program has reached. You can find previous versions of the dashboard on our blog&#58; <a href="http&#58;//elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/201">here</a> is the one from February 2014&#160;</span>​<span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;">and <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/27">here</a> is the one from June 2013.&#160;</span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;">With support from your gifts, our companions in Africa have made a lot of program progress in the past year! This progress comes despite some great political and environmental challenges in East and West Africa, such as prolonged civil unrest (in Nigeria, South Sudan and Central African Republic) and the <a href="http&#58;//www.elca.org/News-and-Events/blogs/ELCAMalariaCampaign/252">Ebola crisis</a>&#160;</span>in Liberia and Nigeria.<br></span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;"><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Dashboard%20Aug%2031%202014.png" alt="Dashboard Aug 31 2014.png" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></span></span></p><p><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;line-height&#58;115%;font-family&#58;calibri, sans-serif;">Our updated September 2014 version of the Malaria Program Dashboard is above. (If you’d like an electronic copy, email malaria@elca.org.)</span><br></span></p><p>Many of the programs that we support—including the programs in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Uganda—are continuing their full program activities, equipping households and communities to work toward a malaria-free future.</p><p><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Additionally, we have these updates to report</span>&#58;</p><p>In <strong>Namibia</strong>, two Lutheran church bodies (the ELCIN and the ELCRN) are now seeking to&#160;work&#160;together to plan and implement initial program activities. </p><p>In <strong>South Sudan</strong>, a revised program is bringing malaria-related resources and education to the camps where many households displaced by the ongoing civil unrest are now living.&#160; Program activities include finding and training additional malaria promoters in the camps; training members of displaced households on malaria prevention; distributing nets, educational materials and other non-food items; doing follow-up visits to households and conducting outreaches in the health facilities that remain functional.</p><p>In the past few months, our Lutheran sisters and brothers in <strong>Liberia</strong> have been directing many of their health resources to address and contain the deadly Ebola crisis. However, the malaria program is not entirely on hold.&#160; The Lutheran malaria program in Liberia has been able to continue broadcasting awareness messages over the radio, integrating information about malaria with messaging on Ebola. </p><p>In <strong>Central African Republic</strong>, our companions continue to struggle with the tenuous social and political situation. ELCA representatives are working with our Lutheran companions to plan two types of malaria-related interventions appropriate to the current context&#58; &#160;1.) Support for the Bohong Health Center and possibly Gallo Health Center, which will include malaria medication and other necessary supplies (a short-term horizon); and 2.) A more extended malaria program, with details particular to conflict situations (this is a longer-term plan).&#160;We are also in continued conversations with Lutheran World Federation as their plans with CAR unfold. There may be an additional opportunity to provide funding for the malaria-related portions of the disaster response provided through LWF.</p><p><strong><img src="http://search.elca.org/blogs/SiteAssets/Lists/ELCA%20Malaria%20Campaign/AllItems/Mom%20and%20baby%20for%20web.jpg" alt="Mom and baby for web.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /><br></strong></p><p><strong>Thank you for your support of the ELCA Malaria Campaign. The impact of your generosity is felt in thousands of households and millions of lives. Your gifts are making a difference!</strong></p></div>09/03/2014