NIFAA Executive Director Bishop Sunday Onuoha and Emir of Kano Dr. Alhaji Ado Bayero


NOVEMBER 13, 2009. In a recent seminar convened by the Nigerian Inter-Faith Action Association (NIFAA) and the Nigerian National Malaria Control Programme, 120 Muslim and Christian faith leaders of Kano state, Nigeria, gathered to join the battle against malaria.

"The fight against the malaria menace is a holy obligation and a noble service to humanity," says NIFAA Executive Director Bishop Sunday Onuoha. He also notes that "(Nigeria) has an unpleasant record of having one of the highest mortality rates in the world, with malaria contributing to 11 percent of such cases. On average, a child in Nigeria will have two malaria episodes a year."

Dr. Alhaji Ado Bayero, Emir of Kano says that "the eradication of malaria will go a long way in promoting a healthy society" and asserts confidence in the good work of NIFAA, stating that "NIFAA is a worthy organisation and will ensure religious cooperation, collaboration and harmony essential for the attainment of sustainable societal development."

The malaria effort in Nigeria is the single largest public health intervention on a single cause through a single organization convening Muslim and Christian faith leaders in recent history.

"The effort is relevant and praise-worthy, considering the severity of the malaria scourge on children and adults" states Dr. Alhaji Ado Bayero.

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Tim Shriver, CIFA President, Discussing the Case for Interfaith Action on Malaria

CIFA Makes the Case for Global Interfaith Action on Malaria

AUGUST 25, 2009. The Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA) hosted, at its new headquarters at the Washington National Cathedral, a consultation convened by Ed Scott, Chairman, and Tim Shriver, President, and the UN Special Envoy for Malaria, Ray Chambers.

The consultation’s participants were drawn from a myriad of sectors, including philanthropy, religion, faith-based organizations,  the corporate world and the international development community. The group concluded that quickly mobilizing significant resources to support interfaith action on malaria was a critical next step in helping to support the 2010-2015 goals of eradicating malaria.

CIFA's Executive Director Jean Duff observed that “We have a time sensitive opportunity to scale up faith based engagement in the international malaria campaign.” Special Envoy Chambers referred to his recent fact-finding trip to Tanzania and Uganda with WHO Director General Margaret Chan, where the extraordinary efforts of the faith community to eradicate malaria in Zanzibar has led to empty hospital beds.

Tim Shriver, CIFA President, summed up the call to action at the meeting with a keen reminder to the group that “Children in Africa don’t need us to keep talking. We need to shift action from 'later' to 'now'.”

The outcome of the meeting focused on specific next steps to develop a global funding vehicle to support increased interfaith action on malaria.

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In the photo from left to right: Nigerian Minister of Health - Babatunde Osotimehin; Archbishop of Abuja John Onaiyekan; Sultan of Sokuto; Dr. T.O Sofola; Ms. Jean F. Duff

CIFA and UN Malaria Envoy Host Major World Malaria Day Event

On April 24, 2009 CIFA and the Office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Malaria hosted the One World Against Malaria Summit at National Geographic in Washington, DC. The Summit focused on the power and potential of multi-faith action in the effort to end deaths from malaria by 2015, and was attended by global and U.S. faith leaders, high profile political officials, senior representatives from the United Nations and international institutions, and global health leaders. 

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The summit was supported by other major players in the fight against malaria, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Case Foundation, the Global Business Coalition against HIV/AIDS, the Global Health Council, Malaria No More, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, and World Vision.

CIFA Launches the Nigerian Interfaith Action Association (NIFAA)

Working together with key Christian and Muslim leaders in Nigeria, the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA) and its partners have launched NIFAA in a major effort to help increase the effectiveness of faith sector efforts to eradicate malaria in Nigeria, a nation which accounts for 25 percent of the malaria burden in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Together Against Malaria

CIFA and its partners are leading one of the most successful interfaith campaigns against malaria in the world. View this video and learn more about the Together Against Malaria campaign in Mozambique.

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Issue Focus: Malaria

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.

The ambitious goals of the global community to eliminate malaria cannot be met without the active and vigorous engagement of the faith sector in mobilizing communities and reaching vulnerable populations. Several of the largest faith-inspired development organizations and faith communities are actively engaged in malaria programs, Lutheran World Relief (LWR), United Methodist Global Ministries, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), Tearfund, and World Vision among them. In April 2008, the United Nations announced a $200 million fundraising campaign to combat malaria in partnership with Lutheran World Relief, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and the Union for Reform Judaism. This past September, the Organization of the Islamic Conference recently committed an additional $200 million towards the fight against malaria.

Countless other faith-inspired organizations deal with malaria in their communities every day. However, despite pockets of success, the faith community's capacity to mobilize its extensive infrastructure remains greatly underutilized and underfunded. CIFA is working to:

  • Explore options for increased collaboration and innovative mobilization of resources through its Leadership Consultation on Scaling up Faith Community Impact with 50 high level leaders in faith, development, and malaria.
  • Build on the work already done by other organizations to better document and share information about what the faith sector already contributes to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
  • Organize collaboration, both interfaith and inter-sector, that advocates for the faith community as a partner for national strategies to fight malaria
  • Increase the capacity of the faith sector to address malaria.

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