Every 30 seconds, a child dies of malaria. This statistic is mostly due to the overwhelming incidence of malaria in Africa. Recent conversations with leaders in Cote D'Ivoire helped reveal that the fight against malaria remains the number one health challenge voiced by the government and the people. Recognizing this, and knowing that malaria is preventable and treatable, The United Methodist Church was inspired to take action.
The United Methodist Church commits to donating a minimum of 150,000 insecticide-treated bed nets in the areas of the Cote D'Ivoire that are most affected by malaria. Because The United Methodist Church of Cote D'Ivoire is spread throughout the country, it has a 'ready-made' system for providing education and for distributing nets. In addition, members of the Texas Annual Conference and other US church leaders will travel to Cote D'Ivoire to help distribute the nets throughout the country.
The Clinton Global Initiative has provided The United Methodist Church with the opportunity to focus its energy in a direct way; by making a CGI Commitment to Action, the UMC can communicate the essential role of partnerships in development. This is the start of the UMC's involvement in Cote D'Ivoire. As such, it signifies the welcome extended to one of the newest members of the UMC family: The United Methodist Church of Cote D'Ivoire.
MEASURES OF SUCCESS
- Number of nets distributed
- Number of people affected by net distribution
- Number of possible lives saved
- Number of volunteers
- Number of churches involved
- Number of hospital and medical institutions involved
- Increased awareness regarding global health
The project will be managed and executed by the use of a coordinating committee comprised of persons from both the United States and Cote D'Ivoire. They will develop the plan of action in conversation with other partners, especially the United Nations Foundation.
United Methodist Church will raise the necessary funds through appeals to its membership constituency. UMC will coordinate the distribution of bednets with its partners and ultimately travel to Cote D'Ivoire to assist with the final delivery of the insecticide-treated nets. This commitment will also include an awareness component to further educate potential donors of the need and to expand general awareness of this important global health issue. UMC will look to United Methodist Communications to help tell the story in effective ways.
Anticipated Launch: September 2007
First Milestone: Reach the $1 million mark by June 2008