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

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

Malaria Poems

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Malaria Prevention: Cos it’s best to be safe, and not sorry I wanna talk malaria,I’m not here ta scare ya,There are simple steps you can take,In countries whereThese vampire bugs liveThe answers are real and not fake.In question of dress,It’s more and not less,In length of both pant and of sleeve,And be sure to wear,Insecticide lotion,If no bites you wish to receive.At night it is best,To sleep under nets,For mosquitoes can make your heart worry,But … Continued

Climate, environment and the transmission of malaria

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A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the world’s leading authority on climate science – has warned that climate change will probably cause global temperatures to rise by more than 1.5C, bringing widespread extreme weather. Today we are highlighting a recent article by Antonella Rossati, Olivia Bargiacchi, Vesselina Kroumova, Marco Zaramella, Annamaria Caputo, Pietro Luigi Garavelli on climate, environment and transmission of malaria. We have excerpted the abstract below, and … Continued

The World Health Organization E 2025 Initiative

3.2 billion people are at risk of being infected with Malaria, and each year, more than 400,000 people die of it (Wangdi & Clements, 2018; World Health Organization, 2017, 2021b). The E 2025 initiative developed as the result of the identification by the World Health Organization of another 25 countries that have the capacity to eliminate Malaria by 2025. E2025 builds upon E 2020 which supported 21 countries in their effort to eliminate Malaria by … Continued

The RAM Scientific Committee reports on recent scientific developments (part 3)

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Malaria is notoriously hard to vaccinate against. A new vaccine technology might change that. There is still a long way to go, but RNA vaccines might help in the fight against malaria.  One avenue for finally getting the upper hand in the fight against malaria? RNA vaccination, using some of the same principles as the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccines. For the past five years, researchers have been working to bring RNA vaccines to the … Continued

The RAM Scientific Committee reports on recent scientific developments (part 2)

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Infections halved in children in Ivory Coast using new technology.  A new lure-and-kill style device trial shows potential for a major drop in malaria-spreading mosquitoes. Called Eave Tubes, the lure-and-kill type devices developed in the Netherlands work like this: Plastic PVC tubes are installed in holes drilled underneath the roofs of houses. The tubes are fitted with screens laced with an insecticide approved for use with close human contact. Mosquitoes are attracted to the scent of the houses’ inhabitants, which wafts out through the tubes, … Continued

The RAM Scientific Committee reports on recent scientific developments (part 1)

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Climate Change Could Have Direct Consequences on Malaria Transmission in Densely Populated Zones in Africa.  A study shows that the lower incidence of disease in the Ethiopian highlands at the turn of the century has a close connection with a temporary slowdown in global warming. For several years there has been a heated debate on the impact of global warming on malaria incidence. It is believed that the largest effect could occur in the highlands, … Continued