Welcome to Rotarians Against Malaria – an activity of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS)

Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) is a volunteer-run organisation working to eliminate malaria. Fifteen years ago, malaria killed a child every 30 seconds. Under the Millennium Development Goals, however, considerable progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing and treating malaria. As a result, deaths have fallen by 60 percent. Now, under the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, we are aiming to reduce malaria cases and deaths by a further 90 percent by 2030.

Keynote Event: 2018 RAM Conference on the Gold Coast 25-26 August. Book now!

Go to our Media Resources for copies of the 2017 conference presentations by our guest speakers from last year.

Rotarians Against Malaria is an activity of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) and covers the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Papua New Guinea – RAM PNG is a partner of RAM in Australia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor Leste

Follow the links to see details of our programs: Adopt A Village, Chasing Malaria, Healthy Villages, Private Sector,  Malaria Awareness Day, RAM PHD Scholarship. For live photos and updates, ‘Like” our Facebook Page!

Want to sign up for our RAM mailing list? Subscribe here!

 See our Galleries for photos of our in-country programs and promotional activites (Pictured: Virginia Turner, Southern Region Coordinator, at Multi-District PETS in March 2017)

Volunteer Trips

We facilitate opportunities for Rotarians and Rotaractors, especially those with expertise in medical science and project governance, to visit our in-country programs. Dr Jenny KERRISON (PhD, DEd, RN, RM) completed a recent trip as a RAM representative to Timor Leste. A brief RAWCS online report is available at our Newsletters page.


We partner with various other malaria elimination initiatives within the Rotary family and beyond. Some of these include:

https://malariavaccineproject.com/ – The world’s first malaria vaccine is being developed at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, supported by Rotary District 9640

 https://malaria.rotaract.org.au/ – Rotaractors Against Malaria is the national project of Rotaract in Australia, a network of service clubs for 18-30 year olds

For information about RAWCS, please visit their website by clicking the logo below:

For the Mosquito Wars campaign, Bill Gates has partnered with World Vision to distribute 100,000 bed nets to families from Inhambane province – a region in Mozambique where many people still sleep without nets. All you have to do is read the article and answer a one question quiz. Once completed, Gates will give a bed net to a family in need on your behalf via World Vision. https://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/Mosquito-Wars?WT.mc_id=08_15_2017_10_MosquitoWars_BG-EM_&WT.tsrc=BGEM
Interested in being a District Representative or District Chair for RAM? See our Guidelines for District Chairs

Past Events

  • 2018 World Malaria Congress
  • 2018 Malaria Awareness Day (MAD)
  • 2017 RAM Conference in Sydney, 19-20 August
  • District 9810 (Melbourne) hosted a Malaria Awareness Day Dinner on Friday 28th April, raising money for the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.

 D9810 MAD Dinner 28th April 2017

District 9810 Fundraiser Dinner raises $4000

District 9810’s Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) Committee held its Fundraising Dinner on Friday the 28th April, to recognise Malaria Awareness Day (MAD) which occurs every year on 30th April. Eighty five people attended the event at the Mulgrave Country Club.

The main aim of MAD is to share current information about the impact of malaria (not only to Rotarians but with members of their local communities too) and to raise money to help fund the large variety of malaria elimination programs that RAM has initiated.

The event raised $4,001.00, thanks to ticket sales, a raffle and a silent auction with items generously donated by Rotarians and community members. The proceeds will be shared equally between the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) to buy equipment needed in their malaria research program and the Institute of Glycomics at the Griffith University to help further the development of a very promising vaccine.

The keynote speaker was Dr Julie Healer from the WEHI who gave a very interesting talk about what malaria is, what it will take to eliminate this awful disease and where research is up to at the Institute.

Our second speaker was Ben Hill who is a member of the Rotaract Australia Against Malaria (RAAM) Committee. He manages their website and online fundraising in his capacity as IT Director for Rotaract Australia. Ben, a very impressive and highly motivated young man, briefly outlined the role Rotaractors are taking in the fight against malaria and how technology is being used to increase awareness.

I would like to sincerely thank the District 9810 Rotarians and their partners, Bill Oakley (RAM Chair from District 9800) the Deputy Chair from District 9790 Dr Bruce Anderson and his wife Karen and Rotarians from the Rotary Club of North Balwyn (District 9800).

Also a big thank you to the District 9810 RAM Committee (Jackie, Clare and Peter) and Virginia (RAM Coordinator for Southern Region) for all the work and effort they put into making this night a success.

For more information about RAM and to pledge a donation, visit http://www.ram.rawcs.com.au/

To see how Rotaractors are using personal networks and social media to raise awareness and funds to eliminate malaria, visit malaria.rotaract.org.au

Gloria Hargreaves

RAM Coordinator District 9810