ERD receives malaria grant

From Voice of America, Episcopal Relief and Development is one of five organizations that have received the first Malaria Communities Program grants, part of a $30 million initiative created under the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to support the efforts of communities and indigenous organizations to combat malaria in Africa.

A senior U.S official has said the Malaria Communities Program draws on the power of the faith-based and community partners serving on the frontlines to prevent and combat the disease. Jay Hein, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives told VOA that engaging these groups that have local connections and have built trust greatly heightens the prospects for long-term success.

Hein was speaking after the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) on Friday in Washington, announced the first Malaria Communities Program grants.

The organizations that received grants are Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Lutheran World Relief, Episcopal Relief and Development, Minnesota International Health Volunteers, and Christian Social Sciences Commission.

The whole thing is here.

Comments (1)

My gut tells me that it is absolutely correct that "engaging these groups that have local connections and have built trust greatly heightens the prospects for long-term success" in Africa.

Does anyone know whether The Episcopal Church has a stance when it comes to faith-based government initiatives in the US? They are controversial because of church and state issues and because they may be viewed as a way of promoting the Religious Right.

NYT had a very good, if not entirely hopeful, article on malaria here,
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/09/health/09nets.html

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