It was an evening of basketball team competition, individual contests, and just playing around — all to raise money to help eradicate malaria through the Imagine No Malaria campaign.
The United Methodist Church and its partners are making progress in the effort to end malaria everywhere. In 2007, the World Health Organization estimated an excess of 1 million malaria-related deaths worldwide. By 2012, the number had declined to 627,000.
We eliminated malaria as an indigenous disease of the United States in the 1950s. Yet in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a person every 60 seconds.
Malaria is caused by a parasite, spread to humans through the bite of the female anopheles mosquito. This mosquito flies and bites at night, making bed nets an effective weapon in the fight against the disease. Public health workers also use communication, education, and properly equipped health facilities as tools to stamp out malaria.
Find out how you can help: http://imaginenomalaria.org/.