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Coca-Cola teams up with Christian Aid: CEN 3.14.08 p 6. March 16, 2008

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of Nigeria, Health/HIV-AIDS, NGOs.
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Christian Aid’s “Nets for Life” anti-malaria programme had its formal Nigerian launch last week in Abuja.

Nigerian government ministers, Church, NGO and business leaders kicked off the campaign on Feb 28, which seeks to distribute 82,500 mosquito nets treated with insecticide to malaria prone regions of the country. The programme is underwritten by grants from Coca-Cola, ExxonMobile and the Standard Chartered Bank in partnership with Christian Aid and Episcopal Relief and Development.

Malaria was the leading cause of illness in Nigeria, the Director General of Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control told the gathering. Half of Nigeria’s adults would have an attack brought on by the illness each year while children would have three to four attacks each year Dr. Dora Akunyili said. The disease was so prevalent that seven in ten hospital admissions in Nigeria were due to malaria.

The executive director of ExxonMobile Nigeria told the gathering his company had invested almost £20 million in malaria projects across Africa and would pledge a further £5 million in 2008.

“Science tells us that the malaria parasite thrives on disorganized human systems. But it can be defeated through collaboration. Nets for Life are exactly the type of collaborative effort that can have real impact in combating malaria”, ExxonMobil’s Cyril Odu said, according to local press reports.

Christopher Knight, the chief executive officer of Standard Chartered Bank said malaria cost Africa over £6 billion a year and was a “major constraint to sustainable economic development.”

In 2006 his company had set a goal of distributing 1 million mosquito nets across Africa. Working with the Church of Nigeria and community leaders, Nets for Life started a pilot programme in the Plateau and Benue states that had distributed 11,000 treated nets last year.

The Archbishop of Jos, Dr. Benjamin Kwashie thanked the companies for their work, saying it was a good start to beating back the disease.

“The funds invested in this project might not be enough, but God works in miraculous ways for more people to be touched. In caring and in doing good, you might not know who is being touched, but God returns the goodness in many more ways”, Archbishop Kwashie said.

Comments

1. crashahelmet - May 16, 2008

that’s such a good piece of news to be heard. Heard enough about substandard vaccines and medicines to those zones on earth where illness is vampant, I doubt less when I heard it’s mosquito nets and other helps got sponsored and such. What if it links it customer in this aid project by telling customer that’ll donate $1 as the customer donate $1? that can pool possibly more money too.

2. Kuda Kambarami - October 8, 2008

May we have the contacts for Christian aid Uganda. Failing to get through to them.


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