World Malaria Day marked in Derry

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Fundraising by Church of Ireland parishioners in Derry will buy more than 8000 anti malaria mosquito nets for people in Nigeria, it has been announced to mark World Malaria Day.

Parishes across the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe have been undertaking a range of Net Works initiatives. More than £42,000 has been raised.

Albert Smallwoods is one of the organisers of Nets Work in Derry and Raphoe diocese. He said “We are excited to see the passion and enthusiasm from people across the diocese to raise money that can help to save lives.

“Marking World Malaria Day is a way of celebrating where we have got to in the fight against this disease and renewing our determination to work in partnership across the world to fight this disease.”

The diocese is running the project in partnership with Christian Aid. Deborah Doherty from Christian Aid said: “A child dies from malaria every 45 seconds yet the disease is so preventable. We are really grateful to Bishop Ken and the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe for their very practical support of this project and their donations to date have already saved many lives”.

The Nets Work campaign is supporting Makurdi Diocese in the District of Benue in Nigeria to purchase and distribute mosquito nets.

Since 2010 Makurdi Diocese have been reaching out to the very poorest communities to provide mosquito nets, showing them how to use them properly to prevent the spread of malaria.

To find out more visit www.derryandraphoe.org