Peace Lutheran Church of Edgemont
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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ELCA Malaria Campaign in Tanzania

Four areas of focus for the ELCA Malaria Campaign in Tanzania:

 

 Equipping the church for malaria programming

·  Since October 2010, over 1,600 parish malaria volunteers have been trained to educate others about malaria prevention and treatment. 

· 15 finance, health care, and malaria project church staff were oriented on financial management practices, including allowance coordination and back-up documentation. 

 

Malaria prevention and control

· Three Lutheran health facilities have reported a more than 50% decline in malaria cases since 2010.

·  At the end of 2012, 84% of people in program areas reported sleeping under an insecticide-treated net; this number was 75% in 2010.

Treatment

· More than 75 healthcare providers from the Lutheran church have been trained in early diagnosis and treatment; supply chain management; financial management; and data collection, analysis and reporting.

· Lutheran health facilities are treating 87% of confirmed malaria cases with the first-line drug (ACTs); national average is 21%.

Sustainable livelihoods

· The malaria program is planning to start a livelihood pilot project in Pare Diocese, which will be coupled with an existing water project. The aim is to link health with livelihood and water/sanitation so as to tackle malaria holistically.

Impact:

·  In Kashenye, on the western coast of Lake Victoria, one community is using soccer to spread the word. During the annual Copa Malaria (“Malaria Cup”) halftime show in Kashenye, malaria educators teach the crowds and give out prizes. The winning team receives a goat!

· Evelina Lulangasi is a nurse-midwife at a Lutheran medical center in Tanzania. Since the Lutheran malaria program began, she has seen an increase in the number of people seeking treatment for malaria. She says, “It’s a positive change. Now people are coming in before it gets severe. I truly expect that, thanks to the church mobilization and training, the malaria burden in our community will be lowered. It’s a relief to me that the church is doing this. Before, I would go around house by house and try to educate people about the importance of using insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria, and eliminating standing water and tall grasses around their homes to keep mosquitoes at bay. Now people are learning these things in the churches.”