German Central Conference Gives Generously to Fight Malaria in Sierra Leone
NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2009—A generous gift of approximately $130,000 (100,000 Euros) from the German Central Conference will provide mosquito nets in a national net campaign to take place in Sierra Leone this November. The gift to Nothing But Nets builds on the conference’s long-standing relationship in Sierra Leone.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and other United Methodist representatives met with the Ministry of Health in Sierra Leone in early February to discuss the upcoming national net campaign and the use of this generous gift to combat malaria in the country.
“UMCOR and the church in Sierra Leone are deeply appreciative of the generosity of the United Methodists in Germany and to the visionary leadership in mission of Bishop Rosemarie Wenner,” said Sam Dixon, Deputy General Secretary for UMCOR and Global Health. “This is an excellent example of how United Methodists join hands in response to God's mission of health and healing,”
Malaria in Sierra Leone
Malaria is a major health problem in Sierra Leone. It is one of the main reasons people come to the Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Free town, Sierra Leone. The need is so great that the hospital has difficulty keeping nets and malaria medicines in stock. “Nothing is sufficient,” says Henrietta Emmanuel who heads up Kissy United Methodist Hospital’s malaria program.
Kissy Hospital and six rural clinics all participate in the Community-Based Malaria Control Program launched by UMCOR Health in 2005. The program educates communities about malaria and provides medicines and nets when they are available.
The national net campaign will help fill some of this great need by providing families with mosquito nets—many of which will be purchased using the German Conference’s donation to Nothing But Nets.
About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a United Methodist-endorsed project that supplies mosquito nets and training on how to use them. This project is operated through the United Nations Foundation which uses its network established through the Measles Project to distribute nets and training. For $10, a net and training on how to use it will be donated through the United Nations' network.
About Community-Based Malaria Control
UMCOR’s Community-Based Malaria Control Program provides communities with comprehensive plans to combat malaria that are tailored to their specific needs. This initiative includes community training on basic measures to prevent sickness, offers free or low cost medications and provides consultations to those who are ill or who are especially vulnerable to malaria. The program also provides insecticide treated nets to pregnant women and families with young children.