The Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria has announced a gift of $9.6 million from the United Methodist Church to fight malaria in Africa.
Some 12.5 million United Methodists around the world contributed to the Imagine No Malaria campaign through individual donations and grassroots fundraising efforts. The largest gift ever to the Global Fund from a faith-based organization will be used to purchase and distribute insecticide-treated bed nets and other tools to fight malaria in Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Since 2010, the Global Fund and UMC have worked together to combat malaria. At the core of that partnership is the "Imagine" campaign, which aims to empower the people of Africa to improve public health infrastructure and achieve a sustainable victory over malaria. The partnership leverages the denomination's network of hospitals and clinics in Africa and its commitment to the campaign with the resources of the Global Fund to drive impact on a greater scale than either could achieve alone.
"The United Methodist Church's contribution to fighting the scourge of malaria is admirable and outstanding," said Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund. "This money will allow hundreds of thousands of African children to sleep under a bed net, significantly improving their chances of living malaria-free lives."