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Partners in Zambia and Friends in Wyoming Fight Malaria with NetsforLifeŽ

April 25 is World Malaria Day - a day to remember the nearly 1 million people who die each year from this disease. This month, Episcopal Relief & Development's two web series, Power of Partnerships and Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development, highlight grassroots efforts in Africa and the US to fight malaria through NetsforLifeŽ  and the NetsforLifeŽ Inspiration Fund.

The Power of Partnerships this month celebrates the continuing success of the NetsforLifeŽ program partnership in Africa. April's story comes from Zambia , a country where malaria accounts for 40% of the deaths of children under five years of age. Belinda, a mother of six, received two malaria nets from NetsforLifeŽ in 2008 that have kept her family malaria-free ever since. Recently, NetsforLifeŽ's Malaria Control Agents (trained volunteers) came to see how the nets are working and give her replacements for when they wear out. This follow-up is essential in maintaining the dramatic gains the program has made against malaria.

April's Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development highlights the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming, which has committed to raising funds for 5,000 malaria nets through the NetsforLifeŽ Inspiration Fund - one for each of its members. To boost awareness and support for the effort, diocesan representatives recently coordinated a community event that celebrated diversities of faith and culture. The event opened with a Native American family drum circle and featured musical and dance performances, food from the African countries where NetsforLifeŽ is active, and blessings from local Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith leaders.

The monthly Power of Partnerships and Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development web features share stories about the agency's partners in the US and worldwide. Find past installments of Friends of Episcopal Relief & Development and the Power of Partnerships on our website. To learn more about Episcopal Relief & Development's programs or make a contribution, visit www.er-d.org, or call 1.800.344.7626 ext.5129. Contributions can be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. As an independent 501(c) (3) organization, Episcopal Relief & Development takes its mandate from Jesus' words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Together with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners, Episcopal Relief & Development strengthens communities today to meet tomorrow's challenges. We rebuild after disasters and empower people by offering lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.



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