Launch of the updated World Health Organization framework for testing genetically modified mosquitoes

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Malaria and other vector-borne diseases, such as dengue fever and Zika, affect millions worldwide. More than 400,000 people a year die from malaria alone, a disease transmitted by deadly anopheles mosquitoes (World Health Organization, 2021). Genetically modified mosquitoes are tested as part of the effort to provide another valuable resource to fight mosquito-borne diseases and eliminate their vast social and economic burden. The World Health Organization launched the new framework for testing genetically modified mosquitoes … Continued

City of Whitehorse, Melbourne Rotary Clubs Fundraise for RAM Australia

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Peter McPhee, a member of the Rotary Club of Mitcham (Victoria), and of District 9810 Rotarians Against Malaria Committee, plus other Rotarians, sold raffle tickets as part of a RAM fundraiser at the Whitehorse Market recently. The raffle coincided with the baton relay for the centenary of Rotary in Australia. The six Rotary Clubs in the City of Whitehorse combine to run the market on the second Sunday of each month. Income comes from the … Continued

What will it take to eradicate malaria?

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What will it take to eradicate malaria? This article by González‑Silva & Rabinovich (2021) in Malaria Journal draws on the history of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to highlight the insights into the eradication of a pathogen. The authors highlighted the ongoing need to be open and adapt to the changing bio and socio-political contexts over time on the journey to eradication.

Grants to Scale Up Efforts to Fight Malaria: Supporting High-Impact Service with Programs of Scale Grants

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The Rotary Foundation’s first annual $2 million Programs of Scale grant supports a Rotarian-led effort to dramatically reduce malaria in Zambia. The Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia program will add thousands of community health workers to the country’s health system to test for, diagnose, and treat malaria in more communities. Read about how members formed a successful partnership to increase their impact. How to apply for a Programs of Scale grant Is your club or district service … 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

Central Region District Visits

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District 9510 is about to embark on a project to work towards the elimination of Malaria in the Solomon Islands. Globally, each year, more than 400,000 people die of malaria – a preventable and treatable disease. An estimated two thirds of deaths are among children under the age of five.  By the end of this calendar year D9510, working in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Honiara and the Solomon Islands National Malaria Control Programme, … Continued

Progress in the Fight to Eliminate Asymptomatic P. vivax Revealed

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A recent video presentation by Prof Ivor Mueller, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), Melbourne, reveals progress in the fight to eliminate asymptomatic P. vivax. Thanks to RAM District Supervisor Shelley Gurney (D9810) for bringing the video to our attention. The presentation was useful as it takes our understanding one step further from what we learned from Prof Shanks at the 2020 Virtual Conference. Some key points: P. vivax is harder to … Continued