Faith-based Behavior Change Communication Tools (BCC)

CIFA and IMA World Health Announce Stopping a Killer: Preventing Malaria in Our Communities

stopping_a_killer_graphic_resizedEach year, approximately 250 million people are stricken with malaria around the world and over one million die from this disease annually.  In fact, 3.3 billion people - half of the world's population - are at risk of malaria, and people living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable.  The malaria sermon guide Stopping a Killer: Preventing Malaria in Our Communities: A Guide to Help Faith Leaders Educate Congregations and Communities About Malaria was developed by IMA World Health and the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA) to help Muslim and Christian religious leaders understand the dangers of malaria, and what they can do to help save the lives of the people under their care. It includes suggestions on how to protect and treat those in their community most vulnerable to this deadly disease.

Religious leaders, as respected and trusted local educators and mentors, have the ability to significantly affect and improve the health of their individual communities. The malaria sermon guide equips them with the tools necessary to disseminate malaria-specific messages needed to make a lasting impact. With Biblical and Qur’anic scripture supporting the evidence-based messages on malaria prevention, lessons from the sermon guide may be shared during the weekly sermon, during counseling sessions, and via any other forum that may be geared toward health.

The six (6) key messages are:

  1. All people in household should sleep under a long-lasting insecticide treated net, especially pregnant women and children under five years, since they are the most vulnerable to malaria.
  2.  Pregnant women must take two doses of anti-malarial medicine as prescribed by a health care provider.
  3. Be receptive to local initiatives to spray the inside or outside of homes, as this also prevents malaria.
  4. It is important to recognize the symptoms of malaria and to seek treatment as soon as possible at a health facility.
  5. Follow treatment guidelines as directed by health facility staff and complete the full course of treatment to ensure malaria is cured and does not become resistant to medication.
  6. Keep a clean environment so mosquitoes cannot breed – clear standing water and clean up trash around your property.

The Malaria Sermon Guide was launched on August 11 at the Washington National Cathedral’s College of Preachers with featured guest Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator. In his statement, Admiral Ziemer stressed the importance of faith leaders in the fight against deaths from malaria, stating “We all know that religious leaders are respected, they’re trusted. They have the credibility and the influence inside and within their communities… They can do what government cannot do. Our faith leaders are present and engaged with people in the community from the full life cycle - from birth, adolescence, maturity, sad times, good times and even death. And that is why … the leaders of our faithful community have such a significant role to play.”

Malaria Sermon Guide:

Stopping a Killer: Preventing Malaria in Our Communities (Christian)

Stopping a Killer: Preventing Malaria in Our Communities (Muslim)

*Please note: the links above are to partial versions of the document. Should you desire to view or download either sermon guide in its entirety, please click the link below.

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Other CIFA Faith-based BCC tools:

Faiths United for Health: A Toolkit for Faith Leaders in Nigeria in the Fight Against Malaria



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