The Imagine No Malaria Campaign was officially launched at the 2008 United Methodist Church General Conference, when Global Health was formally adopted as one of four areas of focus. Prior to the General Conference's proclamation, the UMC, through UMCOR Health has established a record of accomplishment of supporting UMC health institutions and community programs for decades. The work has made significant strides in Africa particularly, where Malaria continues to remain the key reason for hospitalization and one of the top killers of children under the age of 5 years and pregnant women.
Imagine No Malaria is a ministry aimed at raising $75 million toward the elimination of malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. A comprehensive system of education, communication, and treatment, has been developed in partnership with the African Conferences to establish a multilevel means of targeting the disease. The key pillars of the Initiative will continue to focus on the distribution of treated mosquito nets, improved education about malaria, establishment of community-based malaria control programs, conduction of outreach through local means and the media, and the revitalization of hospitals and clinics across the continent.
The UMC currently shares a global forum with partners such as:
- United Nations Foundation/Nothing but Nets.
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
- UMC Central Conferences in Africa.
- United Methodist Church General Agencies (UMCOM, GBGM, GBHEM, GBCS, etc.).
- UMC Annual Conferences and congregations.
- UMC hospitals, clinics, health programs, and community health workers in Africa.
The Campaign is governed by an Executive Steering Committee, which is executed from the United Methodist Communications (UMCOM) offices, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rev. Gary Henderson, Executive Director of the Global Health Initiative, oversees the Campaign team at UMCOM.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is charged with managing the program design, implementation, and expenditure within Africa.
Goals & Objectives
African health board will develop community driven programs targeting malaria reduction with the following as key target areas of intervention:
Education - provided through training of health workers and
Prevention - increase the access and usage of treated mosquito nets to all households in program target areas; engage in community environmental initiatives targeting vector control.
Treatment - provide equal, prompt, and quality access to malaria drugs and medications.
Revitalization - improve the conditions of laboratories and hospital wards.
Advocacy - lobby with local and international government and donor agencies to increase support for malaria and other health funding.
I. Ensure that key technical resources are available to the African Conference Health Boards to enable their success in designing and implementing effective malaria programs.
II. Continue to serve as the main technical agents to provide reinforcements for large-scale malaria programming such as mass nets distributions.
III. Continue to support and provide top level governance training for health boards, targeting malaria case management training for medical staff, and community health agents.
IV. Provide a forum for continual learning and exchanges of technical program staff through pan-African conferences and seminars.
V. Report and relate program's progress to donors and key stakeholders to ensure accountability and celebrate major gains in the fight against Malaria.