Matilda Ndanema displays the insecticide-treated mosquito net she received from the United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria campaign in 2010 at her home in Bumpe, near Bo, Sierra Leone. The insecticide is nearing the end of its useful life and several villages in the Bo district will receive new nets from the campaign in the first planned redistribution to replace the nets given in 2010. (Photo: Mike DuBose, UMNS)

Imagine No Malaria

Malaria is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality globally. More than 200 million people are infected and 400,000 die from the disease each year. An overwhelming concentration of cases is in Sub-Saharan Africa, with pregnant woman and children under 5 being most vulnerable.

Through the distribution of mosquito nets, early diagnosis and treatment of malaria, and education and training of UMC health facility staff and community health workers, The United Methodist Church through Global Ministries’ Imagine No Malaria program has played a vital role in the reduction of illness and death from the disease since 2008.

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Reducing malaria community by community

Grassroots efforts and UMC health programs treat, prevent and educate about malaria in all aspects of health work.

Imagining – and working toward – no malaria in Africa

Through net distribution, rapid testing, education campaigns and training of health care workers, thousands are protected against malaria in Sierra Leone, Burundi and Angola.

“Zero malaria” theme of World Malaria Day is the goal for UMC health work

Through various campaigns and long-term work in rural communities, United Methodist health practitioners in Africa have been working toward the goal of reducing malaria deaths and spreading affordable treatment options, information and prevention strategies across the communities most affected by the disease.