The Nigerian Inter-Faith Action Association (NIFAA) was instituted in the effort to maximize the impact of interfaith approaches. Nigeria - sub-Saharan Africa's most populous country - contributes more than a quarter of the one million malaria deaths in Africa. Read more
The Programa Inter Religiosa Contra a Malaria (PIRCOM) has trained over 21,000 faith leaders, who have reached more than 1.5 million people across Mozambique with life-saving malaria control education. Read more
Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. According to the World Health Organization, malaria caused nearly one million deaths, mostly among African children, in 2008. Malaria is preventable, curable and can decrease gross domestic product by as much as 1.3 percent in countries with high disease rates (WHO, 2010).
The interfaith community is an active partner in anti-malaria campaigns around the world, maintaining a vast network of hospitals and health centers and providing the backbone of health systems in many countries.