Imagine No Malaria is working with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to provide needed supplies to United Methodist health facilities in West Africa. Personal protective equipment, medication, and other supplies are being provided not only through UMCOR’s International Disaster Response program, but through grants from Imagine No Malaria. These lifesaving items can protect healthcare workers and give Ebola patients a better chance at survival.

Because The United Methodist Church has had a presence in Africa for almost 200 years, there is already a network of health care facilities and personnel who are equipped to respond to the various health crises in Africa. "Our hope with Imagine No Malaria is to end preventable deaths and suffering from malaria, but the reality of this kind of community-based approach is that we are helping to develop a more sustainable and accountable healthcare system in Africa," Wisconsin Imagine No Malaria Field Coordinator Nicole Wilken said. "Because malaria and Ebola have such similar early symptoms, it is important that we focus on managing both diseases by providing the health clinics with the necessary materials in order to ensure that the health clinics remain the trusted source of information and medicine within the affected communities."

UMCOR’s Global Health team has been checking in weekly with health boards in both Sierra Leone and Liberia. These health boards, supported and trained with funding from Imagine No Malaria, have become indispensable hubs of information. As of this week, the health boards report that 6 out of 10 health facilities in Sierra Leone remain open, while in Liberia, 5 out of 8 health facilities are open. They continue to provide services to all, regardless of people’s religious beliefs or ability to pay. Click here to read more about UMCOR’s response to the Ebola outbreak.