Cote d’Ivoire Net Distribution
November 11-15, 2008
Nearly a million nets—enough to provide one to every participating family with a child under five in each of the 18 civil districts in Côte d’Ivoire —will be distributed Nov. 11-15, 2008, in this West African nation where malaria is among the top killers of children under five years old.
The distribution involves more than 750 United Methodist volunteers from the Côte d’Ivoire and Texas Annual Conferences. The covenant relationship between the two conferences initiated this effort which has led to the net distribution. A contribution of more than $1 million from the Texas Annual Conference was multiplied many times over with additional contributions from the United Nations Foundation.
The nets were purchased through the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets Campaign and volunteers received basic malaria education training through UMCOR Health’s Malaria Control program.
The distribution of nearly a million mosquito nets in this West African country represents the first collaboration of two anti-malaria programs supported by United Methodists.
United Methodists from two continents joined hands and voices to celebrate a weeklong campaign that provided malaria-fighting bed nets and other services.
Magan's two young children sleep securely under their new mosquito net which will keep them safe from malaria-causing mosquitos at night.
In the midst of excitement, celebration, and worship, the dream of two bishops who live worlds apart began to be realized.
This is the first month in a long time that Diakite Aichata has not had to take one of her children to the hospital because of malaria.
6/2/08: "The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is giving $1 million to combat malaria in the Côte d'Ivoire Annual Conference.
On the first annual World Malaria Day, United Methodists at General Conference gathered to celebrate The United Methodist Church's contributions to the eradication of this preventable but deadly disease.
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