At the August 13th meeting or our Alaska Conference Leadership Team, a $150,000 goal was set for “Imagine No Malaria”–our denomination’s work with other organizational partners to attain a sustainable victory over malaria. Our target date for reaching this goal is General Conference in the Spring of 2016. Because our initial program goal for the program year 2013-14 was $30,000 it was concluded that the best way to get a head start on our $150,000 goal was to subscribe the current year’s goal.
Malaria is a global health problem, affecting more than 500 million and killing more than one million every year. Every 60 seconds, a child dies of malaria. Malaria disproportionately affects young children and pregnant women. The people of The United Methodist Church have the unique opportunity to put discipleship into action to make a difference. Malaria is a treatable and preventable disease and it is a fight we can win.
More than 90 percent of the one million malaria deaths each year occur in sub-Saharan Africa. One in five children who dies before age five will die of malaria. Malaria was eliminated in the United States in the 1950s, but it remains a serious health issue across the globe, particularly in developing African countries. The United Methodist Church has been operating hospitals and clinics across Africa for more than 160 years, allowing us to reach the most remote areas, providing care and treatment where people need it most.
Your congregation can find a wealth of online resources at the Imagine No Malaria Website.
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