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LOS ALTOS, Calif. (UMNS) — Not everyone can give $1.1 million, but everyone can think of a way to “give just a tiny bit more,” says Barbara Ferguson, whose donation is the largest ever given from an individual donor to Imagine No Malaria.
“I think it’s important that we all give back in some small way to make this world a better place for folks to live,” says Ferguson, a laywoman from Los Altos United Methodist Church in California’s Bay Area.
Dear Friends & Colleagues,
On Monday and Tuesday of this week I had the privilege of representing the people of The United Methodist Church at the 4th Global Fund Replenishment Conference in Washington, D.C. This conference gathered under the theme “No Time to Lose: Sharing the Responsibility to Save Lives.” This conference gathered representatives from across the world to share their commitment to the ongoing global fight against HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.
1 DECEMBER 2013 | GENEVA/WASHINGTON DC - Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 45% globally and by 49% in Africa, according to the "World malaria report 2013" published by WHO.
An expansion of prevention and control measures has been mirrored by a consistent decline in malaria deaths and illness, despite an increase in the global population at risk of malaria between 2000 and 2012. Increased political commitment and expanded funding have helped to reduce incidence of malaria by 29% globally, and by 31% in Africa.
With The United Methodist Church nearing its fundraising goal in the fight against malaria, the denomination on Dec. 3 committed to fulfilling its $28 million pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The Global Fund draws together leaders from national governments around the globe and large private donors such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to combat the diseases of poverty.
Advent is a season of anticipation. We celebrate the birth of a baby in Bethlehem and look forward to the coming of Christ anew in our lives. We tell the ancient stories of the newborn infant as savior, and dream of the world that will be created when this savior reigns in our hearts.
In this sacred season, you, your family and your church are invited to experience that anticipation in a unique and meaningful way as United Methodists around the globe stand on the verge of ending deaths by malaria in Africa.
Malaria prevalence in the U.S. is at its highest in more than 40 years and has increased by 14 percent since 2010, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.
“I saved people from Africa.”
Seven-year old Nicolina Stine is sitting at her dining room table with her mom, Michele, and dad, Kenny. Nicolina is talking about how she has raised more than $2,000 in the last two years to help fight malaria.
“At church, there was this thing, and we raised money at church and I thought about it and did it for my birthday,” she said.
What Nicolina had heard that day, more than two years ago, was a presentation about “Nothing But Nets,” where a $10 donation bought an insecticide-treated bed net that would help stop the spread of malaria.
Bishop’s daughter dies from malaria
KINDU, Democratic Republic of the Congo (UMNS) — Virginie Kabibi Mirgivir Unda, daughter of Bishop Gabriel Unda Yemba of the East Congo Episcopal Area, has died of malaria. Her mother, Omba Charlotte Unda, also died of malaria Feb. 1, 2007. Condolences from around The United Methodist Church go to the Unda family and to the people of the East Congo Episcopal Area.
1949 was a watershed year in public health. The United States was declared to be free of malaria. If you were born after 1945, you probably didn’t even know that malaria was once a serious problem in this country. Concentrated mainly in the warm, humid southeast, malaria was found as far north as the District of Columbia. The defeat of malaria in the U.S. was as significant as overcoming polio and smallpox.
Fast forward more than 60 years. Worldwide, malaria is one of the leading causes of death in children under the age of 5. In Sub-Saharan Africa, approximately 24 percent of all early childhood deaths are due to malaria. That’s a staggering number, but unless you have had malaria or seen someone in the grip of the disease, it’s hard to imagine the suffering.
During the fever phase, the child is racked with shivering so severe that you think you can hear the bones rattling. Severe anemia and brain damage can lead to death. In addition, babies born to women with malaria often have complications at birth and may die.
Bishop Marcus Matthews has named the Rev. David and Sylvia Simpson as field coordinators for the revamped Imagine No Malaria Campaign for the Baltimore-Washington Conference.
David Simpson serves as senior pastor of the Ellicott City Parish in Ellicott City, which includes Bethany UMC and Emory UMC. He is also treasurer for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.
Sylvia Simpson retired from Hughes Network Systems as director of Engineering Services and is a contractor for the General Council on Finance and Administration. Both have previously served on BWC staff.
In addition to providing leadership for the INM, both Simpsons will continue in their present roles.
“I’m so grateful to be able to say my work is all about ‘saving lives,’” said Sylvia. “When I look into the faces of small children and pregnant women who could very well be a fatality because of malaria, it grips my spirit.”