FAITH LEADER ADVOCACY FOR MALARIA ELIMINATION (FLAME)
Amplifying the voices of religious leaders for malaria elimination
Launched in January 2020 with support from the J.C. Flowers Foundation, Faith Leader Advocacy for Malaria Elimination (FLAME) is comprised of interfaith coalitions of religious leaders that are equipped to advocate for malaria elimination in a manner that is aligned with national malaria control and elimination program priorities. The coalitions work to address the challenge of imperfect policies and insufficient funding to eliminate malaria.
Engaging faith leaders and their communities inherently reaches all of society, as the vast majority of citizens (approximately 87-98%) within FLAME countries describe themselves as people of faith. FLAME creates an enabling environment for malaria elimination by generating a groundswell of public support and a culture of malaria advocacy.
FLAME in Angola
Angola’s FLAME coalition is led by the leaders of the Anglican Church, the Christian Council of Churches, and Caritas Angola (the social action arm of the Catholic Episcopal Conference of Angola and São Tomé).
In addition to this national level leadership, faith leaders have come together in provincial level FLAME commissions in Namibe, Huíla, and Cunene to conduct provincial level advocacy and to provide the national-level FLAME coalition with examples of the importance of sound policies, implementation, and adequate funding in rural areas.
The Angolan FLAME coalition has worked to keep malaria on the forefront of the national agenda, even in the midst of COVID-19.
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FLAME in Zambia
In Zambia, the FLAME Coalition includes all ecumenical umbrella organizing bodies (each of which brings together various religious denominations) and major independent religious groups.
In addition to a national chapter, a provincial commission has been formed in Western Province. In collaboration with the End Malaria Council and in consultation with the National Malaria Elimination Programme and the Country Coordinating Mechanism, it is working to advocate for the funding necessary to implement Zambia’s National Malaria Elimination Strategy.
Representatives of the FLAME coalition have kept malaria funding on both the government and popular agenda and have made the case for malaria elimination on dozens of nationally broadcast television and radio shows.
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FLAME in Namibia
The Faith Leader Advocacy for Malaria Elimination (FLAME) Initiative in Namibia is implemented through The Namibia Anglican Community Development Organization (NACDO), and is a coalition of leaders from diverse faiths driven to improve and sustain the health and well-being of Namibians affected by malaria. Established in 2021, the project catalyzes the formation of technically competent interfaith coalitions of religious leaders to advocate for the:
adoption of policies and strategies that accelerate malaria elimination
implementation of policies and strategies that accelerate malaria elimination
necessary funding for these policies
In Namibia, the FLAME Coalition is comprised of a central-level coalition and five sub-national coalitions from the Regions with the highest malaria transmission including Zambezi, Kavango East, Kavango West, Oshikoto and Ohangwena Regions. The work of FLAME aligns with the Namibia Malaria Strategic Plan (NMSP) and faith leaders work closely with the multisectoral Malaria Elimination Task Forces (METF) within regional government structures.
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