Global Ministries

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Grant Approved for Zimbabwe Health Board

By Bella DiFilippo*

Malaria is a significant and preventable threat to the citizens of Zimbabwe, particularly to pregnant women and children under five years of age. Some provinces in the country are at higher risk than others. However, malaria is a preventable disease. The United Methodist Church’s (UMC) Imagine No Malaria (INM) program, implemented through UMC health boards in Sub-Saharan Africa, allows representatives from the health boards to work with local village health workers and school health coordinators to provide malaria prevention education, as well as case management, within their communities.

Recently, the Board of Directors for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Global Health unit of Global Ministries approved a grant for $753,434 to the Zimbabwe Health Board. This grant will fund the fourth INM program for Zimbabwe. Throughout the next 18 months, health workers will provide education, prevention, and malaria treatments. Access to health care is projected to increase by 85 percent for high-risk communities. This grant will also sponsor the renovation of the Dindi Rural Health Clinic as well as latrine facilities at a United Methodist Church referral hospital in Zimbabwe. A total of 8,730 pregnant women, 28,613 children under the age of five, and 177,501 of the public are expected to directly benefit from this grant.

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INFOGRAPHIC: BELLA DIFILIPPO

Throughout the years, the Zimbabwe Health Board has had tremendous success in the health programs it has implemented. The Global Health unit of Global Ministries is pleased to partner with such a well-established organization in Africa. Your donations support projects like this Imagine No Malaria program in Zimbabwe. Please consider giving to this project through Advance 3021190.

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*Bella DiFilippo is Program Area Liaison from Communications for Global Ministries