The United Methodist Church has announced contributions totaling $20 million to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria in support of the fund's efforts to combat malaria in Africa.
The funds were raised and awarded through Imagine No Malaria, a joint campaign of UMC and the Global Fund that hopes to raise $75 million to reduce the impact of malaria in Africa through prevention, treatment, and communication and education efforts. With more than 12.5 million members worldwide, including a strong presence on the continent, the church is working with the Global Fund to engage its members in the fight against malaria. Among other things, the partnership aims to leverage UMC's network of hospitals and clinics in Africa with the resources of the Global Fund to drive impact on a greater scale than either could achieve alone.
"Our financial commitment is an affirmation of efforts of faith-based organizations in the fight against malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS," said Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, chair of the United Methodist Global Health Initiative. "Churches exist in the smallest, most remote villages, where there are no roads or electricity. They have presence and influence. We are committed to encouraging these communities to support the Global Fund and national efforts to fight the diseases of poverty."