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Controlling malaria
African Anglicans lead malaria fight with education, mosquito nets

10/1/2006

Penny Lorimer
PROTECTION FROM DISEASE
Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane distributes mosquito nets to families in a community two hours from the Mozambican capital, Maputo. Episcopal relief and development is supporting efforts to fight against malaria.   (Penny Lorimer)
For three days in late August, South African Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane visited Mozambique to lead the distribution of 16,500 mosquito nets treated with a long-lasting insecticide.

The project is part of the Anglican Church’s malaria-control program, funded by Standard Chartered Bank and Episcopal Relief and Development, the development and relief arm of the Episcopal Church.

“Southern Africa is one of the poorest regions in the world, with billions of people still dying from preventable diseases such as TB [tuberculosis] and malaria,” the archbishop said. “Moreover, it is also the area worst affected by the HIV/ AIDS pandemic. Every day that we delay fighting such diseases, one million more people will die each year.” During the visit, he and Bishop Dinis Sengulane of the Diocese of Lebombo met with Ministry of Health officials in Mozambique.

Sengulane said the church in Mozambique had been instrumental in championing programs that deal with malaria, involving itself in the international “Roll Back Malaria” campaign and implementing extensive parish-driven malaria-control programs.

“It has been six years since the Millennium Development Goals were set by the United Nations, and Africa is still in crisis,” Ndungane said. “Much work still has to be done before real change filters through to those in need.”