Muffins for Missions on April 19th benefits
IMAGINE NO MALARIA
This is a world-wide initiative to rid the world of Malaria and UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is at the forefront! We are continuing to accept donations to this program. Please make checks payable to CUMC with “Imagine No Malaria” on the memo line.
What is Imagine No Malaria?
Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the United Methodist Church to end preventable death from malaria in Africa.
Malaria is a preventable, treatable disease that breeds poverty and burdens health care. In fact, over 650,000 people die every year from malaria. If we can end deaths from malaria and, in the process, help African nations bolster their health care systems, we can save the lives of those 650,000 people and improve the lives of all those impacted by malaria deaths. Ninety percent of deaths caused by malaria occur in Africa where the disease is a leading killer of children. Every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria. Children who are able to survive the disease are faced with physical and mental impairments, such as poor growth and development. Moreover, every day 25 million pregnant African women risk severe illness and harm to their unborn children from a malaria infection. Malaria contributes to low birth weight among newborn infants, one of the leading risk factors for infant mortality.
Why the United Methodist Church?
It is said that in Africa, at the end of the road is a cross. In fact, 60% of all health care in Africa is provided through faith-based organizations like the UMC. As the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN Foundation began looking for partners who could help deliver malaria prevention, treatment and education in Africa, they found that the Methodist Church was already equipped to do so, with over 300 hospitals, health clinics and outposts working on the continent.
Is this related to
Nothing But Nets?
Yes. Nothing But Nets is a successful program raising more than $7 million to provide bed nets to families in Africa. In 2008, building on that success, Imagine No Malaria was created to provide a more comprehensive approach, including funding for prevention, education, treatment and communication. Our efforts may have started with sending nets, but they do not stop there. In addition to preventing malaria with bed nets, eliminating deaths caused by this disease will require educating communities and health care workers, developing health care infrastructure and making advancements in health care communications. Imagine No Malaria will create a stronger and more broad-based community health infrastructure to help The United Methodist Church in the fight against diseases of poverty. Nothing But Nets remains a key component of the campaign against malaria. You may think of Imagine No Malaria as “Nets Plus”.
I’ve heard a lot of news lately about nonprofits being irresponsible with the money donated to them. How is Imagine No Malaria different?
UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) does the majority of the work for Imagine No Malaria, and because of a generous grant from the UN Foundation for administrative costs, all donations go directly to our work in Africa. UMCOR is a well-known and well-respected deliverer of relief and development throughout the world and is committed to a sustainable practice of ending deaths from malaria. What that basically means is that they are working with the people of Africa in this endeavor. In a more practical sense, as much as possible, they purchase the nets in Africa, they train community health workers (who are typically already working in their communities as birth attendants, etc.) to handle education and distribution and they establish in-country health boards who plan and implement strategies against malaria, writing grants for funding received, providing oversight and reporting successes. In fact, one of the reasons we're focusing on malaria is because at a meeting of the bishops of Africa and some of our denominational leaders, we asked what they needed most and they said "stop malaria."
If you want to learn more about this program, please visit: http://www.umc.org/how-we-serve/imagine-no-malaria
UM ARMY REGISTRATION
Registration is now open for the 2015 UM-ARMY
camps. Check your Focus and this Sunday’s inserts for more information on how you can help out! You can also speak to Pastor Roy or Gina.