Lutheran Malaria Initiative
The Lutheran Malaria Initiative focuses on Africa and is intended to increase the engagement of faith-inspired organizations with the Global Fund’s existing malaria programming. Undertaken in collaboration with the United Nations Foundation, the program involves three Lutheran organizations, with Lutheran World Relief (LWR) as the convener; the other two are the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. LWR brings field-based expertise and capacity, drawing on its background in technical relief and development, its established presence throughout Africa, and its expertise in livelihood and community development. The two Lutheran church bodies also bring a wide and deep set of partnerships with African Lutheran churches which are mobilized in the fight against malaria, often using their existing HIV/AIDS work as a platform for outreach, education, and behavior change.