About Shoot for No Malaria
The United Methodist Church and its partners in global health have committed to work to eradicate malaria on the continent of Africa by 2015. In 2010, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria causing 655,000 deaths, mostly among African children younger than 5.
Since this effort started in 2000, the death rate has been cut dramatically. Today, instead of losing a child or adult every 30 seconds, one dies every 60 seconds from this treatable and preventable disease.
Every local church in Kansas and Nebraska is called to get involved and invite their community to “shoot for no malaria” by raising funds for this effort.
We have the extraordinary opportunity to play a part in stamping out deaths from malaria worldwide. What a joy it would be to say that you and your community were part of such an incredible effort.
Malaria is preventable and curable. Increased malaria prevention and control measures are dramatically reducing the malaria burden in many places.
There are currently no licensed vaccines against malaria.
The United Methodist Church has more than 300 hospitals, clinics and health posts in Africa, all part of a comprehensive program to fight this killer disease.
Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the people of The United Methodist Church, putting our faith into action to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother.
Achieving this goal requires an integrated strategy against the disease.
Building on the success of Nothing But Nets, Imagine No Malaria is often thought of as Nets Plus. Insecticide-treated mosquito nets are still the best way to prevent malaria, however, other measures like draining standing water where the insects breed, trimming foliage and proper sanitation, also are critical to preventing malaria.
We train community-based health workers to share the facts about malaria, like identifying symptoms and dispelling myths about the disease. This information, coming from a trusted, local source is a very effective way to educate about malaria.
Community health workers also provide behavior-change communications–helping families to understand why it is critical to sleep under a bed net and how to properly care for this life-saving tool.
For 160 years, The United Methodist church has been operating hospitals and clinics across the African continent. But those hospitals need rapid diagnosis kits and life-saving medicines to treat people infected with malaria.