Rotarians against Malaria (RAM): Mankind are on the brink of a global crisis as new and re-emerging diseases sweep the World. A report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed that of the 52 million people in the World who died last year, 17 million -including more than 9 million children -were killed by infectious diseases. It is becoming one of the major health threats in the World today. Over 2 billion people live at risk from Malaria and each year, of more than 500 million infected with the parasite, 2 -3 million die of the disease. Rotary is making a invaluable contribution in the fight against Malaria, particularly in the regions of the South Pacific , and without a doubt, will become one of the major programs of Rotary International in the future.
Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) provides leadership, financial and strategic support to implement its mission through: Control Strategies, Education, Research, Partnering with other funding providers, and working collaboratively with Governments in our Region (Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste)
Rotary in Australia developed the “Adopt a Village” programme in 2004, initially for PNG but extended it to cover the Solomon Islands in 2005. Donors could “Adopt a Village” , a small village may cost $1,000, a medium size village may cost $2,000 and a large village may cost $3,000. This donation allowed every man, woman and child in your adopted village the opportunity to sleep under a Life Saving Treated Bed net each night. Its success in PNG has resulted in some areas of the country becoming virtually free of the disease. The Aims and Objectives of the RAWCS Rotary Against Malaria (RAM) Activity will focus on the four main avenues namely:
- Education, training and publicity
- Further development of current methods in prevention and treatment of Malaria
- Research and Evaluation
The University of Queensland was granted $7m from Bill Gates to develop a vaccine for mosquitoes thus preventing them transferring viruses. RAM is working on this combination of ways of combating malaria as we recognize that no one approach in isolation will be successful.