Maintaining Zero Malaria in Timor Leste: Our International Service to open doors into the hearts of Rotarians and non-Rotarians

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Introduction Malaria is a life-threatening disease. Globally, in 2018, malaria threatened the lives of nearly 50% of the global population. In that year, an estimated 228 million were infected with malaria and there were 405,000 deaths with an estimated 1,109 deaths per day. The most at risk for malarial deaths were children under five who made up 67% of the deaths in 2018. The other sinister aspect of malaria is that it plunges victims into … Continued

Promoting Malaria Awareness in Unique Ways

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RAM would like to hear from you, if you have ideas for COVID-safe ways of promoting malaria awareness among Rotarians and the general public. For example, one activity that we may have access to is through radio. RAM Supervisor Shelley Gurney D9810 and Area RAM Supervisor Bev Cooney OAM have found Radio Promotion a great way to spread news of malaria – without spreading COVID! Below is a report from Shelley Gurney on her experience. During Victoria’s … Continued

Rotaractor Driving Malaria Elimination Awareness in Tasmani

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D9830 Tasmania RAM District Committee: A Rotaractor driving malaria elimination awareness in Tasmania Welcome to our new RAM District Supervisor Rotaractor Thisarani Jayasinghe, Rotaract Club of Central Coast. The RAM D9830 Committee was established in 2017 by Dr. Jenny Kerrison, and now has six (6) members. As a result of COVID, the Committee commenced regular meetings online. Thisarani (not in the photo) is mentored by Southern Region RAM Supervisor Gloria Hargreaves and National RAM Manager … Continued

PDG Phil Dempster – Rotarian Extraordinaire

For more than a decade, PDG Phil Dempster, provided support to and oversight of Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) Australia. This year, Phil decided to step down from RAM. In his true generous fashion, Phil is available to us at anytime. To celebrate Phil’s achievements in Rotary and RAM, Dr. Jen Parer D9790 RAM District Supervisor, compiled the following story on Phil with contributions from Dave Pearson, immediate past National Manager, and Phil himself. In the … Continued

Milton Lewis and the RAWCS Humanitarian Award

RAM is very pleased to celebrate the presentation of the RAWCS Humanitarian Award to Milton Lewis, for many years of wonderful service to the people of PNG in general health and the control of malaria in particular, and for his contribution to RAM.     Milton himself recalls his career in PNG from the 1950s-70s: I spent 2 years in my late teens and early 20s in Papua New Guinea. This included a specific period … Continued

Malaria in Australia

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There is a long history of anti-malaria activities in Australia. Malaria was endemic in the northern, tropical areas and there were various outbreaks in Darwin and Far North Queensland in the early years of recording. Malaria became of major concern during the years of the second World War, when large numbers of troops were circulating through the northern parts of Australia and other more malarious areas in PNG, the Pacific and South East Asia.  The … Continued

The Global Fund and RAWCS-RAM join hands to eliminate malaria in the Oceania region

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MEDIA RELEASE: 30 April 2020   Global progress on malaria elimination has stalled. Malaria continues to inflict unnecessary human and economic losses, mostly in developing countries. Pregnant women and children under five years are disproportionately affected by malaria. Within this context, The Global Fund and Rotary Australia Word Community Service Ltd-Rotarians Against Malaria (RAWCS-RAM) have formed a strategic partnership to accelerate malaria elimination and end the unnecessary heavy toll on humanity. This partnership will build … Continued