Pledge for Malaria Bednets

Bishop Janice Huie, President of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, pledged $1.5 million for bednets for Cote d’Ivoire when she attended the Clinton Global Initiative this week. Her participation in the Initiative is reported by United Methodist News Service. Participants in the Clinton Global Initiative are asked to make a pledge in one of the areas of global change the initiative focuses on.

The people of The United Methodist Church have already pledged approximately $1.75 million for bednets through the Nothing But Nets campaign, according to Bishop Thomas Bickerton, spokesperson for the church’s partnership in Nothing But Nets, and episcopal leader of the Pittsburgh Area. He told an audience in Houston last week the grassroots movement is slightly over halfway toward meeting the goal. A matching grant of $3 million has been provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The United Methodist Church of Cote d’Ivoire is in a partnership with the Texas Annual Conference led by Bishop Huie. The Cote d’Ivoire leaders have identified health concerns as a priority to be addressed in the west African country which has experienced destructive civil conflict in recent years. The church operates hospitals and clinics that are being repaired and improved.

Representatives from the two conferences have met and are creating a plan to implement the various mission and ministry programs identified by the Cote d’Ivoire conference.

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