In 2018, there were 228 million malaria cases with 405,000 deaths – 67% of the deaths were in children under 5.

Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest diseases. It is a disease of poverty and affects the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

In the 1990s, Rotarians Against Malaria (RAM) was established as an Australian initiative to fight malaria. 

life-cycle of malaria mosquito
Lifecycle of the Malaria virus.

This month, the Rotary Club of Hall donated $5,000 to help support the many malaria sufferers throughout our region, as well as the ongoing efforts to eradicate the malaria-carrying Anopheles Mosquito.

RAM supports malaria elimination in five partner countries: Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, West Timor (Indonesia), and Vanuatu. In many of these countries, RAM has been successful in helping governments reduce instances of malaria.

Pictured top: Mosquito nets are delivered to communities in mosquito infested areas.

Boy with mosquito bed net
A boy with an umbrella carries his family’s mosquito proof bed net.

The main weapon of malaria is the humble mosquito net, or ‘bed net’. Rotarians Against Malaria provide bed nets to families within Malaria areas (under which the family sleep) along with education and the provision of tools for making their environments more mosquito proof.

Mosquito spraying
Where feasible, spraying is carried out to reduce the mosquito population.