Pictured, from left to right: Abubacar Sultan, UNICEF Representative; Rt. Rev. André Soares, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Angola; Rev. Deolinda Teca, General Secretary of the Angolan Council of Christian Churches; and Dr. Franco Cazembe Mufinda, Secretary of State for Public Health of the Republic of Angola listen to declarations of commitment from religious leaders to work towards a country free of malaria.
This story was originally published by allAfrica.
Luanda, Angola — The Angolan Council of Christian Churches (CICA) and the Anglican Diocese of Angola convene leaders from government and civil society to announce their leadership in advocacy for malaria elimination.
Anglican Bishop André Soares announced the formal launch of an Interfaith Commission for the Fight against Malaria on December 2nd during a high-level panel featuring faith, government, and non-governmental leaders. He invited representatives from all faith communities to participate in this commission, spearheaded by the Anglican Church, CICA, and Caritas.
"We have come here today, on the 2nd of December, for the church to make a commitment, starting right now, to unite in the fight against malaria," said Bishop Andre Soares. We will consolidate our efforts, with all religious leaders united together."
The newly launched commission will advocate for the elimination of malaria – a preventable disease that continues to threaten the health and well-being of Angola, as noted in the 2019 World Malaria Report released last week;11,814 malaria deaths and over 5 million malaria cases were reported in the country in 2018.
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