World Malaria Day — April 25, 2014

World Malaria Day is commemorated on April 25, the date in 2000 when 44 African leaders met in Abuja, Nigeria, and committed their countries to reducing malaria-related deaths. Between 2000 and 2012, the scale-up of effective malaria prevention and control interventions saved more than 3.3 million lives and decreased malaria mortality by 45% globally and 49% in sub-Saharan Africa. In spite of those accomplishments, an estimated 207 million cases of malaria occurred globally in 2012, resulting in an estimated 627,000 deaths. (CDC reported statistics)

Because of increases in insecticide and drug resistance and changes in malaria epidemiology as a result of scaled-up interventions, new approaches are needed to sustain progress in malaria control and lead toward elimination. World Malaria Day 2014’s theme, “Invest in the Future: Defeat Malaria,” is a reminder of the challenge and the ultimate goal.

Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. Millions of lives, needlessly lost each year. A continent. Entire nations…slipping away. Slipping through life’s precious net. Unless you hear the buzzing inside you.

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. As a life-saving ministry, Imagine No Malaria aims to empower the people of Africa to overcome malaria’s burden. We fight malaria with a comprehensive model.

The Plan
So, how will we do it? How will we eliminate deaths from a disease that has killed so many millions of people for thousands of years? Imagine No Malaria helps us take the next step in this fight. Learn more at http://www.imaginenomalaria.org/learn/the-plan/

The stakes are high: Hundreds of thousands of adults and children die from malaria each year. Ninety percent of malaria-related deaths occur on the African continent. Children younger than age 5 and pregnant women are the most susceptible. However, through teaching families about the causes of malaria and supplying them with free bed nets, United Methodists are turning the tide and saving lives.

Beating Malaria, One Household at a Time
Because malaria continues to kill at a high rate in Africa, programs have been at work in Sierra Leone, Angola, Zimbabwe and Democratic Republic of Congo … and beyond. Learn more at http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Resources/News-Stories/2014/April/0410beatingmalaria