Celebrating Malaria Awareness Day with a No Mosquito Picnic at a Local Winery

RAM in Southern Region celebrated Malaria Awareness Day with a No Mosquito Picnic at a local winery, generously hosted by Rotarians Ralph and Lesley Zucarro from the Rotary Club of Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale who own Six Acres. The sun came through after we held our breath that the torrential downpour of rain would pause for our No Mosquito Picnic, and we welcomed District 9810 Governor Dr Daryl Moran and his wife Jenny. Incoming National RAM … Continued

Ahead of Malaria Awareness Day, a New Poem by Rotarian Greg Dunn

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Ahead of Malaria Awareness Day on 30 April 2022, we are publishing a new poem by Rotarian Greg Dunn on our blog. Read his previous poems here and here. Rotarians against malaria is doing fine,With all the countries we’ve got across the line,But here to all of you a treat,To get off your bum and on your feet,To walk to raise cash and try your best,To get rid of Malaria, like Timor Leste.2 years more, … Continued

RAM and Malaria: Oops there goes a billion-kilowatt dam

Dr Kerre Willsher, D9510 RAM Blogger We hope that everyone is well and head butting that Covid 19.  At the moment, I am employed at a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) distribution centre. The RATs are theoretically similar to the malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) except that drops of blood are used for the RDT. Many countries use RDT as part of malaria surveillance, including the Solomon Islands project for Active Case Detection (ACD) of malaria … Continued

2022 Global Week of Action

Across the world, between 7-11 of March for The Global Week of Action co-organised by Civil Society for Malaria Elimination (CS4ME), Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN), GFAN Africa, and GFAN Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP), our communities and civil society partners reached out to Embassies and High Commissions of donor countries of the Global Fund to thank them for their contributions to the Global Fund so far – which has saved over 44 million lives, and to call on them for increased pledges … Continued

RAM in 2022

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We hope that you are all in good health and not too impacted by Covid 19. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to Rotarians Against Malaria this is also the case with malaria. The regions have been busy, for example, the Southern Region raised $10,150 from July 2021 to January 2022 bringing their total raised for Rotarians Against Malaria to $33,350. Discussions are in progress with the Vanuatu government to … Continued

Catnip Chemical Repels Mosquitos, Attracts Cats

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Written by Kerre Ann Willsher, PhD Nepetalactone, a chemical in Catnip (nepeta cataria), a species of mint, has been found to be a very effective mosquito repellant (American Chemical Society. & ScienceDaily, 2001; Le Page, 2021).  This is good news as some species of mosquito are developing resistance to DEET which is the most widely used repellant worldwide. Insect repellant is an important adjunct to current tools such as insecticide-treated bed nets in the prevention … Continued

Quarterly Update: August-October 2021

Written by Kerre Willsher, PhD The Covid19 mayhem means that Rotarians Against Malaria has their work cut out for them in many cases. Fortunately, with the assistance of Rotary Clubs, Districts, and the general public, we are “up to it.” 1.5 million malaria cases and 7.6 million malaria-related deaths have been prevented since 2000 (World Health Organization, 2021). Dr Jenny Kerrison reports that there will be a one-off stipend of $29,500 for a Papua/New Guinean scholar … Continued

Malaria Poems

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Mosquito lifecycle Mozzie start off as eggs,Then they kinda get wriggly,Then Larvae then pupaeThen they become Adultslive 2 months then become sickly (dead) I’m happy I’m not a mosquitoAlthough I’d happily drink of some nectarFemales are the ones that suck bloodLook you could even dissect her You could get sick with malariaIf the mozzie carries it to youI really don’t want to scare ya butEverything I have said is true But do not stress or … Continued