US churches play lead role in NBC malaria documentary

By staff writers
April 13, 2011

Churches in the USA have collaborated in the production of a major NBC television documentary ahead of World Malaria Day on 25 April 2011.

The documentary, 'A Killer in the Dark,' is being presented by the National Council of Churches under the auspices of the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission and produced by United Methodist Communications.

It chronicles community-based efforts on both sides of the ocean - nationally and globally - as everyday people strive to reduce the deadly results of the disease.

As one mother tucks her children into bed in Middle America, a mother in Africa does the same. In the morning, their children will wake with two very different missions directed toward the same critical goal: ending deaths caused by malaria.

Malaria kills more than one million people each year. Every 45 seconds a child in Africa dies of this preventable and treatable disease. Yet, malaria can be eliminated with the right tools: prevention, treatment, education and communication, say the two church bodies.

Actress Pauley Perrette, a member of The United Methodist Church, narrates the NBC special documentary.

Wesley M. "Pat" Pattillo, NCCUSA Associate General Secretary, Justice, Advocacy and Communication, represents the NCCUSA on the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, which plans many high-quality network programmes similar to this one each year. Shirley Whipple Struchen, the NCCUSA's Coordinator of Electronic Media Programming, has also been involved.

Programme times across the USA for 'A Killer in the Dark: An Extraordinary Effort to Combat Malaria' can be found at:


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