United Methodists fight malaria in Angola
Residents of Bom Jesus, Angola received 9,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to help protect them from malaria. The funds for the nets were provided by the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church in partnership with the West Angola United Methodist Church. The people of The United Methodist Church's are engaged in the Imagine No Malaria campaign, which aims to eliminate death and suffering from malaria in Africa by 2015 through prevention, education, communication, treatment and advocacy.
- Most of the population of Bom Jesus lives along the Kwanza River, where conditions are conducive to malaria and other diseases.
- A launch event was held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Bom Jesus United Methodist Church. Bishop Gaspar J. Domingos of the West Angola Conference (center), Bishop Warner Brown of the Cal-Nevada Annual Conference (left), and Bishop Elaine J.W. Stanovsky of the Rocky Mountain Conference (right) were among those who spoke at the event, which featured music from the Bom Jesus United Methodist Church choir.
- The event concluded with volunteers from the West Angola Conference and Africare beginning the distribution of nets.
- Community health care educator Ester Paolo balances a bundle of insecticide-treated mosquito nets on her head during the net distribution. The nets were delivered house-to-house throughout the community by a locally trained cadre of community educators along with a delegation of United Methodists from the U.S. and the West Angola United Methodist Church. Financial and logistical support for this program was provided by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the humanitarian and relief agency of The United Methodist Church. The distribution of nets was coordinated by Africare, a humanitarian organization that provides logistical and distribution support. The project was done with the support of the Angola Ministry’s National Malaria Control program in collaboration with the West Angola United Methodist Church.
- Anita Domingos (left) examines an insecticide- treated mosquito net delivered by the Rev. Michael Dent.
- United Methodist Bishop Elaine Stanovsky helps to hang an insecticide-treated mosquito net in a home in Bom Jesus. “It's just the beginning of what we hope the West Angola Conference can do through its newly established health ministry to promote health and long life for people across the region," said Bishop Stanovsky.