Africa Malaria Day set for April 25



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Africa Malaria Day set for April 25

March 29, 2007  News media contact: Tita Parham*
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tparham@flumc.org  Orlando {0645}

NOTE: This article was first distributed by United Methodist News Service March 15.   
 
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A baby in Epe, Nigeria, sleeps beneath an insecticide-treated mosquito net in this November UMNS 2006 file photo. United Methodist Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, president of the denomination's Council of Bishops, is urging United Methodists and other people of goodwill to skip lunch on Africa Malaria Day, April 25, and use their lunch money to buy a lifesaving bed net through the Nothing But Nets campaign supported by The United Methodist Church. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Photo #07-0554.

United Methodists are urged to give up lunch and save lives by using that money to buy an insecticide-treated bed net.

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, president of the denomination’s Council of Bishops, is asking United Methodists and others to skip lunch on Africa Malaria Day and use their lunch money to buy a lifesaving mosquito bed net.

Wednesday, April 25, has been designated Africa Malaria Day and, for the first time in the United States, President Bush has proclaimed a Malaria Awareness Day that same day.

United Methodist Communications and The Upper Room Living Prayer Center are also encouraging people to join in a continuous 24-hour period of prayer that day for the children of Africa, those suffering with malaria, and for global health.

“Malaria kills a child every 30 seconds in Africa,” Huie said. “Bed nets are the most cost-effective way to protect children from the mosquitoes (that) carry this killer disease.

“This is an easy, tangible way to make a difference. Join me. Skip a lunch. Send a net. Save a life.”

The people of The United Methodist Church are a founding partner in the Nothing But Nets campaign, which is taking aim at one of Africa’s biggest killers of children by protecting families from disease-carrying mosquitoes. Other founding partners include the United Nations Foundation, the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares and “Sports Illustrated.”

For each $10 donation, a bed net is purchased and distributed to Africa, where education is also provided about its use. A challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match contributions dollar for dollar up to $3 million.

Huie encouraged local churches to join the effort by holding a lunchtime worship service on April 25 focusing on malaria.

Downloadable resources, including suggestions about how churches can get involved, graphics and worship materials, are available at http://www.UMC.org/nets.

“Nothing But Nets is a visible part of our long-term commitment to eliminate malaria,” Huie said. “Providing comprehensive health care to the developing nations of Africa is a long, difficult process. It will need to continue for generations.”

United Methodist bishops endorsed the Nothing But Nets initiative while meeting last year in Mozambique, in East Africa. United Methodists have been in mission in Africa for more than 160 years, operating hospitals, clinics, schools and mission centers.

“As bishops, we have a special place in our hearts for the children of Africa,” Huie said. “We are committed to doing everything we can to save lives while making disciples of Jesus Christ in Africa.”

Individuals who would like to make a donation to the Nothing But Nets campaign may visit http://www.nothingbutnets.net or http://www.umc.org/nets.
 
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This article relates to Outreach.

*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**United Methodist News Service is the news service for The United Methodist Church and part of the ministries of United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tenn.




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