United Methodists Seek to Collect and Send 700,000 Malaria Nets to Congo

A child holds an insecticide-treated sleeping net distributed by HIS Nets in Ghana in 2009. (Credit: HIS Nets)
A child holds an insecticide-treated sleeping net distributed by HIS Nets in Ghana in 2009. (Credit: HIS Nets)

A United Methodist charity is looking to provide 700,000 malaria nets to a province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by mid-March.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is looking to collect and distribute the large number of nets on behalf of residents of Maniema Province. An estimated 3,000 volunteers will be headed to the eastern Congo province next month, reported Julia Kayser Frisbie of UMCOR.

“While one volunteer hangs a net over the sleeping area in each home, the other speaks with the family,” wrote Frisbie. “Their key messages: Mosquitoes bearing malaria parasites transmit the disease through their bites.”

“Sleeping under a bed net is one of the best ways to stay safe, but insecticide-treated nets must be used correctly and consistently every night in order to prevent malaria.”

Frisbie added that their effort is the “first bed net distribution in this area” and that “the local communities are very engaged” in the endeavor.

UMCOR is organizing its effort to distribute 700,000 nets through the United Methodist project “Imagine No Malaria,” an organization that seeks to stop malaria from being a major cause of death and suffering in the African continent by 2015.

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SOURCE:  MICHAEL GRYBOSKI
CHRISTIAN POST