Imagine No Malaria
Program goal: The Imagine No Malaria (INM) program aims to reduce the number of deaths and illnesses caused by malaria in African communities through comprehensive, community-based malaria programs and quality health services delivery at United Methodist Church and affiliated health facilities.
Program framework: To achieve this, the Imagine No Malaria program has identified objectives and key interventions that have been shown to effectively and efficiently reduce malaria-related morbidity and mortality.
• Increase access to and utilization of malaria preventive measures in targeted communities; and
• Increase access to and utilization of malaria diagnosis and treatment services in targeted communities.
• Education: Community education that teaches malaria prevention through consistent bed net use, preventative therapy for pregnant women, seeking treatment for early diagnosis, and treatment for fever cases and adherence to treatment.
• Prevention: Provision of insecticide-treated nets, especially for pregnant women and children under 5, and provision of preventative therapy for pregnant women.
• Diagnosis and treatment: Provision of malaria diagnostic tests and medications at treatment centers.
• Health facility revitalization
Implementation strategy: The INM programs aim to leverage health systems, partnerships, and resources by working with United Methodist annual conferences to develop and build capacity of local health departments in episcopal areas across Africa. Health departments can then develop strategic plans with context appropriate, integrated solutions to end malaria and other preventable diseases. These UMC health departments are awarded grants to implement their local projects and activities in line with the INM program goal and objectives.
Priority populations: Priority is given to projects that serve populations with the highest malaria risk, particularly pregnant women and children under 5. INM also prioritizes poor, marginalized, geographically disadvantaged, rural, or otherwise neglected communities with very little or no support from other partners.
Read New World Outlook’s article, Next Steps for Imagine No Malaria, written by Program Manager Tatenda Mujeni.
2017 INM Grants: For additional program information please contact Tatenda Mujeni, INM program manager: firstname.lastname@example.org