NetsforLife receives $1.34 million USAID grant

October 7, 2009

NetsforLife, Episcopal Relief and Development's program partnership to combat malaria, received a three-year, $1.34 million grant for its work in Ghana from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

"We're excited and pleased to receive this grant," said Rob Radtke, ERD president. "In particular, this award recognizes the unique reach of the Anglican Communion in the remotest regions of Africa. NetsforLife utilizes this network of churches, faith-based groups and other organizations to benefit communities unreached by national health programs. I have personally visited our programs in Ghana and I can attest to their life-saving impact."

The program partnership aims to increase use of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets through an integrated strategy of net distribution and awareness training. Goals for the Ghana initiative include providing 64,000 mosquito nets and equipping local leaders to educate community members on how to use the nets and in the symptoms of malaria and effective treatment.

NetsforLife is a partnership of corporations, foundations, and nongovernmental and faith-based organizations working to eliminate malaria in 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The program partnership has benefited more than 11 million people to date.

"The USAID funding will allow us to target 140,000 people in some of the hardest-to-reach communities in northeastern Ghana," Shaun Walsh, executive director of NetsforLife. "These populations include approximately 25,000 children under five and 7,000 pregnant women, who are among those most vulnerable to malaria."

ERD is one of seven organizations working in Africa that received a total of $10.5 million to extend malaria prevention at the community level. The grants were provided through the Malaria Communities Program of the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by USAID, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ERD's NetsforLife initiative can be supported here, or by calling 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

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