Imagine No Malaria launches Mother’s Day campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2013




Nashville, Tenn.:
Eighty-five to 90 percent of deaths from malaria are women and children under five. Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, is launching a Mother's Day campaign so that mothers in Africa will be able to fight malaria and nurture their children into thriving adults.

The United Methodist Church operates more than 300 hospitals, clinics and health posts throughout Africa.

"This health care system is vital to saving lives and overcoming this preventable disease," said Bishop Thomas Bickerton, who chairs the United Methodist Global Health Initiative. "Your gifts provide these facilities with resources such as rapid diagnostic tests and malaria medication that will help mothers who are trying to nurture their children as they suffer from the effects of malaria."

To make a donation in honor or memory of your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister or other nurturing woman, text the word MOM to 27222 or go to ImagineNoMalaria.org/sharethelove. Those who donate $150 via the website will receive three special Mother's Day cards as a gift of gratitude. The cards feature poignant photos of African mothers with their children. Donations of $200 will receive the cards and a poster.

Additionally, at ImagineNoMalaria.org/sharethelove, watch video tributes to mothers, get resources such as Mother's Day prayers and read the latest news about malaria. In May, follow and participate in a special month-long Mother's Day tribute at facebook.com/umcImagineNoMalaria and pinterest.com/nomalaria.

About Imagine No Malaria
Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary ministry of The United Methodist Church, putting faith into action to end preventable deaths from malaria in Africa. The first expression of The United Methodist Church's Global Health Initiative, Imagine No Malaria is an integrated effort that has become a model for collaboration among annual conferences, local churches and multiple general boards and agencies. For more information, visit ImagineNoMalaria.org.

Contact:
Diane Degnan ddegnan@umcom.org
615.742.5406 (office) 615.483.1765 (cell)

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