Imagine No Malaria Campaign
What is Imagine No Malaria?
Imagine No Malaria (IMN), a global health program of The United Methodist Church (UMC), combined integrated health infrastructure, education, and advocacy to address death and the debilitating effects of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. By doing so, its work has saved lives and loosened the grip of poverty for future generations. Building upon decades of United Methodist presence and relationships in Africa, INM has been strategically positioned to fight malaria in the most remote and impoverished areas not served by governments or other non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The aim was to reach the most at risk populations, with women and children under five being priorities.
A Brief History
The United Methodist Church has been supporting community-based health initiatives and health facilities in Africa for more than a century. In light of this, The United Methodist Church recognized the denomination had a unique opportunity to fight malaria in sub-Saharan Africa where over 90% of all malaria deaths occur.
In 2006, The United Methodist Church became a founding partner in the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets (NBN) campaign to raise funds to purchase and distribute bed nets in Africa. In 2008, the denomination named Global Health as a strategic Area of Focus for the Church at General Conference and United Methodist Communications (UMCOM) accepted the charge to lead the fundraising effort which would be known as Imagine No Malaria.
The United Methodist Church officially joined the global effort against malaria in 2010, defining Imagine No Malaria as the Church’s effort to address malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa, officially launching INM’s $75 million fundraising campaign, and partnering with the Global Fund.
Programmatically, this partnership takes advantage of the denomination’s network of hospitals and clinics in Africa and the Global Fund’s scope and resources, accomplishing more than either could alone. Partnerships not only sustain INM programs in Africa, they give The United Methodist Church a seat at the table with global organizations fighting diseases of poverty.
INM’s work is unique because of the UMC Health Boards, resulting from the Church’s long-term relationships in African communities. Across Africa, UMC Health Boards, monitored by Global Ministries, deliver comprehensive malaria programs comprised of a variety of components: raising awareness about malaria, training health workers, providing commodities (including nets, medication, and test kits), along with strengthening health facilities.
Partnering with the Global Fund
The United Methodist Church is the first faith-based partner of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund), the largest international public-/private-funding source for health programs. This historic partnership has also given The United Methodist Church a “seat at the table” with world health leaders. Our Global Fund partnership extends INM dollars through their greater purchasing power and is a means to quickly and effectively apply funds raised.
INM’s Global Fund partnership underscores the Church’s belief that collaboration among governments and private sector partners is a key in the fight against the diseases of poverty that decimate lives, especially those of women and children.
Global malaria statistics & trends:
- Global malaria mortality rates have fallen by an estimated 60 percent since INM began this effort.
- 395,000 deaths from malaria still occur yearly in Africa.
- When INM began, a child in Africa died from malaria every 30 seconds… then 45 seconds… then 1 minute. One child still dies every 2 minutes but the progress is reason for hope and celebration.
Imagine No Malaria is part of a concerted worldwide effort that has shown results:
- Because of the global effort to fight malaria, it is estimated that 6.8 million deaths from malaria have been averted since 2001.
- In the past decade, life expectancy in sub-Saharan Africa has increased by 9.4 years, 1.2 years of which is directly attributable to the reduction in malaria mortality.
- More than 6 million United Methodists from 49 conferences joined the global effort by accepting the challenge to raise funds for imagine no malaria.
Together, we have:
- provided over 4 million life-saving bed nets
- renovated 61 facilities
- treated over 2.7 million people for malaria
- protected over 175,000 structures with IRS (indoor residual spraying)
- trained thousands of community health workers and volunteers
Impact on Our Church
Local churches and annual conferences became engaged and invested in fundraising for this critical life-saving effort. This involvement has positively affected the Church in these important ways:
- Revitalized churches through unified purpose and action
- Invited churches to participate in global missions
- Gave churches the opportunity to put their creativity on display
- Helped the church at all levels to identify and train new leaders
- Gave children and youth the opportunity to lead and inspire their church
- Created a United Methodist-centered model for successful fundraising
- Gave individuals the opportunity to connect spiritually and tangibly to the work of the church
Download this infographic to post in your church and share. It beautifully shows the effects of the ministries of The United Methodist Church to reduce malaria deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa.