In the neighborhoods of Mozambique lie hidden dangers. It’s a parent’s
Lare Xaviaf, Children Had Malaria: “This one here, when she had malaria
the temperature of the body was very high and she had the severe
Water wells and poor-drainage areas near homes are breeding grounds for
mosquitoes. Their bites can cause malaria. All three of Lare Xaviaf’s
children have had malaria, but they were lucky—they
Lare Xaviaf, Children Had Malaria: “It’s very scary when they have
malaria. The first thing that I usually do is rush them to the hospital
because they can die any time.”
Now there’s a bed net at the family’s home to protect the children. But
many families cannot afford to buy nets. This mother supplements her
income selling food on a street corner in front of her home, and makes
about two dollars a day.
Lare Xaviaf, Children Had Malaria: “I always live a spirit of gratitude.
Even though I may consider myself poor, there are people who are poorer
Bishop Joao Machado, United Methodist Church: “Education, poverty are
the keys of why we have this.”
Bishop Joao Machado is leading United Methodist Church efforts in
Mozambique to save children from malaria.
Bishop Joao Machado, United Methodist Church: “Malaria is killing more
Machado says the nets being distributed across Africa are making a
difference. He’s hoping one day a vaccine will be developed for malaria.
But in the meantime, families continue to struggle.
Lare Xaviaf, Children Had Malaria: “We don’t have enough to provide food
for our children on a daily basis. It’s only by faith that you go to bed
without even knowing what you’re going to eat tomorrow. We only live by
The Roll Back Malaria campaign is trying to reduce
the number of malaria cases in Mozambique. And a campaign called
“Nothing But Nets”—supported by the people of the United Methodist
Church and partners like the United Nations Foundation and the National
Basketball Association—is raising money to send more insecticide-treated
bed nets to Africa.
For information on how you can purchase a life-saving bed net, visit
Education is key to wiping out malaria in