Malaria is one of the most common cause of illness and death across sub-Saharan Africa, and children under five are especially vulnerable – they account for half of all malaria deaths annually. Even though gains have been made through education and net distribution programs such as NetsforLife®, millions of lives are still at risk.
Because nearly all malaria deaths occur in countries where financial resources are scarce, the solution must depend on other resources such as caring, committed volunteers and low-cost interventions like Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) and Rapid Diagnostic Testing (RDT). Working with local government and skilled health workers to promote a culture of using nets and seeking treatment, NetsforLife®is strengthening communities to stop the spread of malaria and bringing hope to millions of people.
10 YEARS OF EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES TO SAFEGUARD THEIR HEALTH
A Flagship Program and Model
Since 2006, Episcopal Relief & Development has been investing in a malaria-free future through its award-winning, flagship NetsforLife® malaria prevention program. NetsforLife® is a unique partnership of corporations, foundations, non-governmental groups and faith-based organizations collaborating with National Malaria Control Programs in all participating countries to develop innovative and results-oriented approaches to save lives.
NetsforLife® empowers communities to fight malaria by raising awareness, providing life-saving education and promoting the use of Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) in homes. The program trains volunteers as Malaria Control Agents, equipping them to educate their communities about proper net use and maintenance. The ongoing monitoring and evaluation efforts of these volunteers helps to instill a net culture – a community-wide understanding of the protective value of nets, ways to to prevent malaria and when to seek effective medical treatment.
Involving local faith leaders and volunteers is vital for success, harnessing the ‘power of the pulpit’ and influence of faith leaders to communicate about malaria prevention and initiate change.
Trained 111,000 volunteers and government health workers
Saved lives of 112,235 children under 5
Influenced net distribution policy in five countries – Angola, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Zambia
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Expanding to an Integrated Health Model
In order to care for the holistic health needs of remote communities, NetsforLife® has successfully implemented the integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) methodology in several pilot countries to reduce sickness and death from diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria (together, these three account for half of child deaths in many countries). iCCM equips volunteers with advanced training and supplies to diagnose, test and treat these diseases at the community level and refer complicated cases to health facilities. These advanced volunteers, known as Community Health Workers (CHWs), are the hands and feet of the integrated health program, reaching millions of people each year and supporting health facilities in saving lives. Ongoing community education and behavior change are integral to this work.
In some countries, such as Angola, Episcopal Relief & Development’s integrated intervention also supports clean water as well as sanitation and hygiene programs by providing education, access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities.
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Malaria is by far the most common cause of illness and death in Angola, and children under age five account
for half of all malaria deaths. More than half the population live in malaria-prone areas where transmission
occurs throughout the entire year.
The Diocese of Angola, part of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, is the implementing partner of
the program. The diocese is a vital partner in tackling the country’s most urgent health care issues –
malaria prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, clean water and sanitation, nutrition and primary health care. From
2006 to date, the program has reached 518,480 community members with malaria education.
The Eglise Anglicane du Burundi (the Anglican Church of Burundi) is the NetsforLife® implementing
partner in Burundi. The Church has five dioceses and over 200 parishes across the country. The church’s
major concerns include peace and reconciliation, repatriation of refugees and displaced people, community
development, literacy and education, HIV/AIDS and malaria. Since 2006, the program has promoted and reached
499,874 community members with malaria education.
NetsforLife® supports malaria prevention programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, working
with several dioceses to provide essential social services desperately needed in the post-war era. The
program’s integrated approach to development addresses a range of healthcare issues, including malaria
prevention, food security, trauma counseling for victims of war and HIV/AIDS education. From 2006 to date,
the program has reached 4,874,308 community members with malaria education.
NetsforLife® is active across six regions of Ghana, working through the Anglican Diocesan
Development and Relief Organization (ADDRO), which has more than 20 years of development experience with
communities in Northern Ghana. The diocese’s development goals are focused on reducing poverty, hunger,
HIV/AIDS and malaria. The program has pioneered and participated in universal net distribution campaigns
nationwide, and currently carries out an integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) intervention to reduce
pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria in all participating areas. Since 2006, the program has reached 9,554,676
community members with malaria education.
NetsforLife® implements its development programs through the Diocese of Guinea, a member of The
Church of the Province of West Africa. The diocese serves the entire country of Guinea through its active
work in HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention, and is assisting communities as they rebuild following the 2014
Ebola outbreak. From 2006 to date, the program has reached 192,593 community members with malaria education.
The Anglican Development Services (ADS) participates in NetsforLife®, our program partnership to
fight malaria. The church has been a major force in health and development issues, with a focus on HIV/AIDS,
malaria awareness and prevention, Early Childhood Development and Saving with Education programs. The
diocese has decades of experience working in Nyanza Province, training volunteers to distribute Long-Lasting
Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) and educating communities on their proper use to help prevent the disease. Since
2006, the program has reached 432,114 community members with malaria education.
Malaria is widespread in Liberia, with more than 50% of the country exposed to infection. It is one of the
leading causes of death among children under five years old. The recent Ebola pandemic has crippled the
health system of Liberia; however, Episcopal Relief & Development and the Episcopal Church of Liberia’s
Relief and Development office through the NetsforLife® program are focusing on supporting
communities in need of the basics – food, clean water and sanitation, health care and education. The
program’s main focus is preventing an upsurge in malaria. From 2006 to date, the program has reached
1,667,166 community members with malaria education.
Malaria is a major public health problem in Malawi, as all of the country is at risk of transmission due to
the tropical climate, with peak risk in December and June. NetsforLife® works with the Anglican
Diocese of Malawi under the Church of the Province of Central Africa in all four of the country’s dioceses.
The program has also been involved in several immunization programs to address preventable diseases in
children under five, and has introduced integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) interventions to address
pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria. Since 2006, the program has reached 1,802,739 community members with
NetsforLife® partners with the Diocese of Lebombo, part of the Church of the Province of Southern
Africa, to implement health interventions in Mozambique. The program trains volunteers to distribute
Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) and educate communities on their proper use to help prevent the
disease. From 2006 to date, the program has reached 1,523,652 community members with malaria education.
In Sierra Leone, 100% of the population is at risk for contracting malaria. It is a leading cause of death
for both children and adults. NetsforLife® works through the Diocese of Bo, part of the Church of
the Province of West Africa, to implement an integrated health program in several communities that will
restore the delivery of essential health services interrupted during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Since 2006,
the program has reached 4,299,958 community members with malaria education.
Episcopal Relief & Development works through Christian Aid to implement malaria prevention programs in
several communities, by raising awareness, providing life-saving education and hanging Long-Lasting
Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) in homes. The program has also introduced integrated Community Case Management
(iCCM) interventions to address pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria. From 2006 to date, the program has reached
7,059,952 community members with malaria education.
Zambia participates in NetsforLife® to implement low-cost interventions in malaria. The program
trains Malaria Control Agents to distribute and hang Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs), educate
communities on their proper use and monitor to help prevent the disease. The implementing partner, Zambia
Anglican Council, has also been a major force in health and development issues, with a focus on malaria
awareness and prevention, Early Childhood Development and Maternal & Child Health program. Since 2006, the
program has reached 3,598,166 community members with malaria education.