Lutheran Malaria Initiative leaders go to Washington
Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; Lutheran World Relief, Baltimore; African Lutheran church leaders advocate for ongoing anti-malaria support
Who: The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS); the Rev. Dr. John A. Nunes, president, Lutheran World Relief; the Most Rev. Christian Ekong, president, the Lutheran Church of Nigeria; the Rev. John Halakhe, general secretary, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya; Mr. Rogath Lewis Mollel, general secretary, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania; and Bishop Eliuphoo Sima, Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
What: Lutheran leaders from the United States, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Mali will meet with members of Congress to encourage ongoing support for the fight to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015, commit that fighting malaria will be a foreign policy priority, and support the Lutheran Malaria Initiative’s recommendation to provide at least $650 million in FY13 to fund U.S. bilateral malaria programs.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012
Where: Washington, D.C.
Why: More than half the world’s population is at risk for malaria. Nearly one million people die of the disease each year, and 90 percent of malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease disproportionately affects pregnant mothers and children under 5. Malaria costs Africa $12 billion annually in lost production. But, malaria is preventable and treatable.
The Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) is a partnership of Lutheran World Relief and the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod to mobilize U.S. Lutherans in the global fight to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. LMI utilizes a three-fold approach to fighting malaria: prevention, education and treatment.
LMI is made possible through support from the United Nations Foundation. To learn more, visit www.lutheranmalaria.org.
About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
The 2.3 million-member Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis. Through acts of witness and mercy, the church carries out its mission worldwide to make known the love of Jesus Christ. Learn more at www.lcms.org.