Launch of new film uniting people of many faiths in a shared goal to end malaria deaths0Comments
Today is Africa Day – a celebration of The African Union, created in 1963. This union enabled over 50 countries in Africa to come together to collectively address the continent’s opportunities and challenges including poverty and urgent health issues such as malaria.
We are marking Africa Day with the launch of our new short film, shot in Ghana. The film highlights the vital role played by different faith groups across Africa, working towards a common goal to save lives from malaria. They achieve this by raising local awareness to inspire and educate their communities about how to prevent and treat malaria, a disease which still claims the lives of almost 1,500 children in Africa every single day.
Our film brings personal perspectives from Ghanaian faith leaders including Christians, Reverend Canon Isaac and Bishop Jacob, and Deputy Imam, Mallam, a Muslim. They all agree that together they are stronger in the malaria flight. Rev. Isaac sums it up saying: “It’s good that we all come together to fight against this common enemy – malaria.” Deputy Imam Mallam adds: “We are one, Muslims, Christians… since we are all human beings. We are one. We should fight against malaria.”
The film also shines a spotlight on our interfaith work here in the UK where we partner with different faith groups to raise funds and awareness to save lives in Africa. To date, we have worked with eight different faith traditions, including including Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Quaker and Sikh. We also work with leading interfaith organisations such as the Tony Blair Faith Foundation whose Faiths Act Fellows, Charlotte, a Quaker and Usman, a Muslim have championed our work using faith as a force for good and unity in society.
Faiths unite to fight malaria