Separation of Church and State? Not When it Comes to Malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria receives the majority of its funding from governments. About a third of its $4 billion annual budget goes to fight malaria, and it's always on the lookout for more money. 

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One increasingly important friend to the Global Fund is the United Methodist Church. The two groups first hooked up in 2010, partnering in the Imagine No Malaria Campaign, which is leveraging the United Methodist’s network of hospitals and clinics in Africa. The goal is to use this influence to empower the people of Africa to improve health infrastructure and reach sustainable victories in the fight against malaria. The church has a huge presence in Africa with over 400 ongoing projects, including efforts to prevent diseases like malaria and HIV.

To date, the church has pledged up to $28 million to the joint campaign and has raised over $18.1 million to date, including its recent $9.6 million donation—the single largest donation made by a faith-based organization in the Global Fund’s history.

The money will go toward the purchase of insecticide-treated nets to help control malaria in Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.