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NetsforLife® Receives USAID Grant to Fight Malaria in Ghana

NetsforLife®, Episcopal Relief & Development’s program partnership to combat malaria, has received a three-year, $1.34 million grant for its work in Ghana from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

"We’re excited and pleased to receive this grant," said Rob Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief & Development. "In particular, this award recognizes the unique reach of the Anglican Communion in the remotest regions of Africa. NetsforLife® utilizes this network of churches, faith-based groups and other organizations to benefit communities unreached by national health programs. I have personally visited our programs in Ghana and I can attest to their life-saving impact."

The program partnership aims to increase use of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs) through an integrated strategy of net distribution and awareness training. Goals for the Ghana initiative include providing 64,000 mosquito nets and equipping local leaders to educate community members in knowledge of net usage, malaria symptoms and effective treatment.

NetsforLife® is a partnership of corporations, foundations, and nongovernmental and faith-based organizations working to eliminate malaria in 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The program partnership has benefited more than 11 million people to date.

"The USAID funding will allow us to target 140,000 people in some of the hardest-to-reach communities in northeastern Ghana," said NetsforLife® Executive Director Shaun Walsh. "These populations include approximately 25,000 children under five and 7,000 pregnant women, who are among those most vulnerable to malaria."

Episcopal Relief & Development is one of seven organizations working in Africa that received a total of $10.5 million to extend malaria prevention at the community level. The grants were provided through the Malaria Communities Program of the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by USAID, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To help support NetsforLife® anti-malaria efforts, please make an online donation to the Malaria/NetsforLife® fund at www.er-d.org, or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts 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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