Celebrating World Malaria Day & LWR’s Work in Mali


A woman and her child sleep under a long-lasting insecticide net. These nets help protect them from the bites of nocturnal mosquitoes that are the most likely carriers of malaria. (Photo by Ollivier Girard, for LWR)

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Apr 22, 2014

This Friday, April 25, is World Malaria Day, a day to bring special attention to this preventable, treatable disease.

As part of the commemoration of World Malaria Day, we’re excited to announce that Tim McCully, LWR’s vice president of international programs, will be speaking at a special event at Johns Hopkins University. He joins Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer of the President’s Malaria Initiative, William Moss of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, and others to talk about how faith-based organizations, government agencies, and the private sector have all come together in the global fight against malaria.

Increasing awareness of malaria

One great example of this partnership is LWR’s malaria work in Mali, West Africa. Through a partnership with USAID, LWR has reached over 680,000 people in Mali with messages that build awareness about malaria prevention and treatment.

Because of these messages, we have found that:

  • 99% of children under five are now sleeping under long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets (up from 27-31% in 2006).
  • 99% of pregnant women are now sleeping under nets (up from 31-40% in 2006).

These two statistics in particular are incredibly important, as pregnant women and young children are the most susceptible to malaria.

woman talking to health care worker in clinic

Thanks to her community’s health solidarity fund, Faty Konta was able to access life-saving health care. These funds help local communities pool and manage their savings in order to subsidize care for malaria treatment. (Photo by Ollivier Girard, for LWR)

And not only is awareness about bed nets higher, but we’ve been able to provide care to over 1,700 people affected by malaria through an innovative partnership.

Innovative funding for health care

We partner with local community-based organizations to establish special funds (“Community Health Solidarity Funds”) that are funded by the community members themselves. These funds can then be used to pay benefits for their own malaria care.

Before our project began, less than 11% of young children who had a fever received malaria treatment. Now, 91% do.

Not putting our lamp under a bushel

We’re proud of this work. We’re proud to be making a difference.

And we’re proud that on Friday we’ll have the chance to publicly show off the lamp that we too often hide under a bushel!

Do you live in the Baltimore area, or know someone who does?

Come to the World Malaria Day event! Register online now»

Learn more about the Lutheran Malaria Initiative

Want to learn more, or get involved in the global fight against malaria? Go to our website»

$10 can provide one family with a treated bed net and education on its use.

$50 can cover the cost of malaria prevention messages on local radio stations in Africa.

$100 can help train a health care worker to diagnose and treat malaria.

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