• In a breakout session at the 2021 Rotary Zone 8 Conference, DGN Andrea Grosvenor and Eastern Region RAM Supervisor presented on disease prevention and treatment: Andrea’s presentation starts just after the intro and ends at 22:40.
  • Malaria causes over 400,000 deaths annually and impacts the lives of over two billion people worldwide damaging family livelihoods and national economies (World Health Organization, 2020).  There were 229 million new cases in 2019 (World Health Organization, 2020). Major efforts in recent years have resulted in Malaria elimination in several countries. However, drug resistance is a major threat to elimination, and there are signs of malaria parasite resistance to the Artemisin-based combination therapies (ACT),  currently
  • 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
  • Mr Paul Freimanis, a member of the Rotary Club of Whyalla was involved in building a clinic at Seghe. We found this memento in a local Rotary shed. RAM-RAWCS at Seghe, Solomon Islands, November 2012.
  • 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
  • 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
  • This year, RAM invested in polo shirts as part of RAM’s promotional materials for our RAM District Supervisors. The shirts are available to anyone at $32 per shirt. Please see below photos and contact Gloria Hargreaves at ramsouthern@rawcs.org.au to purchase a shirt.
  • In addition to our quarterly newsletters, you can read on to find out about the main highlights from the last quarter. By Dr. Kerre Willsher D9510 & Dr. Jenny Kerrison D9830 Speaking at Rotary clubs is a key strategy for us to raise awareness of the scourge of malaria in our partner countries, and of RAM’s humanitarian work. Despite periods of lockdown due to Covid-19, many of us found opportunities to promote our work to
  • Recently, the Partnership for Vivax Elimination (PAVE) was formed to support malaria endemic countries including Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Peru and Thailand, in their quest to eliminate Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax). This partnership is critical because more than one-third of the world’s population is at risk of contracting P. vivax and it is the most common form of malaria outside of sub-Saharan Africa. Young children and pregnant women are impacted the most.
  • Written by Kerre A. Willsher, PhD The 39 countries that have eliminated Malaria cannot afford to become complacent (World Health Organization, 2021), and nor can anyone else. With continuous exposure to Malaria, people develop some immunity to it. However, when Malaria is eliminated, the population does not have exposure and begin to lose their immunity (World Health Organization, 2021). If there is a recurrence of Indigenous Malaria, the risk of severe or fatal illness greatly