Malaria deaths down as Lutherans take action
A recent report by the World Health Organization showed that a third fewer people in Africa are now dying of malaria than in 2000 thanks to global campaigns like the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) and the ELCA Malaria Initiative.
The World Malaria Report 2011 showed malaria mortality rates fell by more than 25 percent between 2000 and 2010.
The LMI, a partnership of Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), and made possible through support from the United Nations Foundation, seeks to raise $45 million to combat malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, the region most affected by this devastating disease. With programs currently in Mali, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, LMI is reaching 2.4 million people with messages about prevention and treatment.
When the LMI campaign began in 2010, a child died of malaria every 30 seconds. Today, that rate has decreased to one child every 60 seconds.