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ERD Celebrates Africa Malaria Day 2006

4/10/2006
[Episcopal Relief and Development]  Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) recognizes Africa Malaria Day 2006. Each year in Africa, 300 million people contract malaria and one in 20 children under the age of five die from the disease.

This year, ERD will expand its malaria program in Africa to work in 10 countries and provide education and training, long-lasting insecticide-treated nets and access to effective drug therapy to over 300,000 people. The program will expand to 16 countries over the next three years. ERD's malaria program targets the most vulnerable rural communities, particularly pregnant women and children under five. In sub Saharan Africa where malaria is the leading cause of death, ERD is working in Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia to improve the long-term health of local communities.

"Malaria is a curable and preventable disease that kills between 1 and 1.5 million people in Africa each year. ERD and Anglican partners in sub Saharan Africa are becoming a critical force in malaria education and prevention, saving the lives of hundreds of thousands most susceptible to contracting this disease," said Robert W. Radtke, ERD President.

In Angola and Zambia, ERD has been working for the past year on education, community mobilization and training health care workers. A weeklong series of events hosted by ERD and the Anglican Church of Zambia will celebrate Africa Malaria Day.  On April 27, a community launch in Lusaka, Zambia, being attended by the Zambian Minister of Health and other dignitaries, will distribute nets. In Angola, nets are being distributed in Vige, in the north, and the Cunene Province, in the south.

ERD is pleased to announce two new members of its Program Department. Dr. Matondo Alexandre from Angola is ERD's Technical Specialist for Malaria. His office will be based in Africa. Most recently, Dr. Alexandre managed the World Health Organization's cholera outbreak in Luanda. Dr. Stephen Dzisi from Ghana has also joined ERD as the Program Officer for Primary Health. He is a maternal and child health specialist and oversaw UNICEF's malaria control program in northern Ghana.

For more information on ERD's malaria program, visit www.er-d.org/malaria.

To support ERD's malaria program, donate to the Malaria Fund at www.er-d.org, or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5192. Gifts can be mailed to: Episcopal Relief and Development, Malaria Fund, PO Box 12043, Newark, NJ 07101.

Episcopal Relief and Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. An independent 501(c) (3) organization, ERD saves lives and builds hope in communities around the world. We provide emergency assistance in times of crisis and rebuild after disasters. We enable people to climb out of poverty by offering long-term solutions in the areas of food security and health care, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.