Added on 23/04/2013
On April 25 people across the globe will mark World Malaria Day 2013. The diocese of Derry and Raphoe is part of the worldwide fight against this preventable disease. So far its 2013 Net Work campaign has raised the equivalent of £42,000 (€50,000) across the diocese. This will buy over 8000 mosquito nets for distribution in Nigeria.
Parishes from across Derry and Raphoe have been taking all sorts of individual initiatives, large and small, to raise money for Nets Work. Everything from special collections, fashion shows and Sunday School children raising money has been happening.
The diocese is running the project in partnership with Christian Aid. Deborah Doherty from Christian Aid said, “A child dies from malaria every 45 seconds yet the disease is so preventable. We are really grateful to Bishop Ken and the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe for their very practical support of this project and their donations to date have already saved many lives”.
Albert Smallwoods is one of the organisers of Nets Work in Derry and Raphoe diocese. He said “We are excited to see the passion and enthusiasm from people across the diocese to raise money that can help to save lives. Marking World Malaria Day is a way of celebrating where we have got to in the fight against this disease and renewing our determination to work in partnership across the world to fight this disease”.
The Nets Work campaign is supporting Makurdi Diocese in the District of Benue in Nigeria to purchase and distribute mosquito nets. Since 2010 Makurdi Diocese have been reaching out to the very poorest communities to provide mosquito nets, showing them how to use them properly to prevent the spread of malaria. So far they have distributed 368,510 nets in 53 communities in Benue state.191,498 households have received nets including 47,874 pregnant women and 38,299 children under 1.
A new video on the Derry and Raphoe website, with Bishop of Makurdi in the District of Benue, Nigeria will tell you more about Nets Work and the fight against malaria.
To find out more visit www.derryandraphoe.org
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