|End Malaria Awards 2009|
The Malaria Foundation International (MFI) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2008
“End Malaria Awards”.
The “End Malaria Awards” serve to recognize many people and organizations who worked in 2007 to help the fight to End Malaria. The "End Malaria Awards” include over 50 award categories. Informative write-ups and website linkages can be found at the Malaria Foundation’s website, www.malaria.org, for all winners.
December 2008. Atlanta, GA, USA. The Malaria Foundation International (MFI) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2008 “End Malaria Awards”. The purpose of the “End Malaria Awards” is to recognize the many special activities and achievements of global leaders and unsung heroes in the world’s fight to End Malaria. The current awards acknowledge various individuals and organizations who were nominated for outstanding accomplishments in 2007. The winners clearly exemplify their concern, creativity, persistence and dedication.
Despite the fact that malaria is a preventable and treatable disease, as many as 500 million people worldwide fall ill with this disease each year. “This is unacceptable and we must continue to come together to make a difference in the fight to End Malaria”, said Esmeralda Meyer, Outreach Director of the Malaria Foundation International.
Malaria remains a major killer, which claims the life of one child every 30 seconds. Over one million people die each year and several hundred million become sick with this disease in over 100 countries around the world. Malaria is caused by four major species of the parasite Plasmodium and it is transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes.
The Malaria Foundation International has led the fight to End Malaria since 1992. Many organizations are now working to fight this disease, and the “End Malaria Awards” serve as one way to recognize all those who worked in 2007 to help the fight to End Malaria and also archive progress made from year to year.
Within the past few years there has been an enormous increase in global attention, activities and supporters helping to fight malaria. In October 2007, Bill and Melinda Gates declared their goal to eradicate malaria, and many people and organizations have been joining forces and realigning strategies to work towards this huge goal. Whether malaria can be eradicated is debatable, but it is certain that working towards this goal will require the contributions of an increasing number of dedicated people and organizations in developed countries and in malaria endemic regions.
The Malaria Foundation’s annual “End Malaria Awards” were established in 2006. This is the third set of awards. The MFI acknowledges and thanks all supporters who took time to submit nominations through the MFI website, and the volunteer Student Coalition for Empowering Emerging Nations (SCEEN) of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for assisting with the collation of nominations.
Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Robert S. Desowitz
Dr. Robert S. Desowitz (1926-2008), a writer, a parasitologist research scholar, and a malariologist. Dr. “Bob” Desowitz dedicated his life to research from the lab bench and from the critics stand. His gift of being able to convey stories and science using lay terminology is best complied in "Ova and Parasites," an award-winning textbook on medical parasitology as well as other science books for the general public: "New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers" (1981), "The Thorn and the Starfish" (1987), "The Malaria Capers" (1991), "Who Gave Pinta to the Santa Maria" (1997) and "Federal Body Snatchers and the New Guinea Virus: Tales of Parasites, People and Politics" (2004) in addition to many declarations and testimonies issued for the public service. His contributions to malaria research include early observations of pregnant rats infected with malaria....
Source: Hedge Funds vs Malaria Conference program
Person of the Year: Admiral Timothy Ziemer
Admiral Timothy Ziemer has served as the Coordinator for the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), a five- year program designed to control and reduce the spread of malaria in Africa. The PMI is a historic initiative started by President George Bush with a pledge of $1.2 billion US dollars to significantly reduce malaria in 15 countries in Africa. Admiral Ziemer demonstrated strong leadership for the launch of this challenging campaign, which has inspired many others to work towards Ending Malaria, through the elimination and the ultimate eradication of this disease.
Source: President's Malaria Initiative
Celebrity of the Year: William Jefferson Clinton
Former President Bill Clinton launched an innovative program in 2007 to make subsidized malaria drugs available in Tanzania. This ‘test scheme’ could serve as a blueprint for Africa as a whole. Though the Clinton Foundation, he has continued this pursuit and others in the fight to End Malaria, with ongoing successes through 2008.
President and First Lady Advocates of the Year: Benin, Tanzania and United States
Singer of the Year: Melinda Doolittle
New Advocate of the Year: African Students Association
Also - A number of professional soccer players also joined the malaria advocacy campaigns and were actively engaged in high profile activities since 2007. Major League soccer player Diego Gutierrez has become a national spokesperson for the United Nations Foundation project called Nothing But Nets and international soccer player, David Beckham serves as an advocate for the Malaria No More advocacy campaign. Both have been involved in engaging people to join this fight and donate 10 dollars for the purchase and delivery of treated nets for malaria stricken countries in Africa.
Athlete of the Year: Diego Gutierrez
The UK All Party Parliamentary Malaria Group (APPMG) report on financing called "Financing Mechanisms for Malaria" was launched in London on March 15 by the United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Development, Hilary Benn. The report called on governments throughout the world and the international community to increase funding to ensure an effective allocation of resources for malaria research and eradication efforts.
Conference of the Year: GBC-Brookings Private Sector Malaria Forum
This forum/conference involving the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria was held in March 2007. The forum highlighted key achievements, presented innovative methods for an effective corporate malaria response, and addressed the question of how to garner more intensive corporate support. The forum was divided into four key panels—Community, Workplace, Core Competency, and Advocacy and Leadership—representing the key ways in which GBC advocates business engagement on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. The forum opened with a powerful presentation from Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of Nigeria and Brookings Distinguished Visiting Scholar. After explaining that she has suffered from malaria an astounding 20 times, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala explained that she is still quite hopeful we can overcome the disease.
Musician of the Year: Vieux Farka Toure
Though the "Fight Malaria" North American Tour, Vieux Farka Toure spread awareness about malaria as he travelled all along the east coast of the United States and Canada in early 2007. Ten percent of the proceeds from his album sales went to a UNICEF-affiliated campaign to End Malaria in Mali, according to World Music Central. At every tour stop concert attendees were provided with information about malaria and ways to contribute to the fight.
Special Event of the Year: Proclamation of Malaria Awareness Day in the USA
President George W. Bush, by virtue of the authority vested in him by the Constitution and laws of the United States, proclaimed April 25, 2007, as Malaria Awareness Day and encouraged Americans to answer the universal call to love a neighbor and join in our goal of eradicating malaria on the African continent.
*President and Mrs. Bush Discuss Malaria Awareness Day.
Source, Rose Garden
Performance of the Year: “Idol Gives Back”
On the first Malaria Awareness Day, April 25, 2007, American Idol, the popular singing contest show in the USA, held its first major charity episode devoted to raising money on behalf of the needs of children. The money was donated to several charities in the United States and in Africa, including The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Malaria No More, Nothing But Nets, Save the Children, and UNICEF. Beyond raising money, the show also provided high profile awareness to millions of viewers and helped to engage celebrities in the fight to End Malaria.
Scientist of the Year: Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena, PhD
Dr. Jacobs-Lorena and his research team from Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute in the United States gained extensive media attention when they reported that they genetically modified mosquitoes to be resistant to the malaria parasite. The scientists combined equal numbers of genetically modified and natural mosquitoes in experiments designed to gauge the breeding patterns of each. The results indicated that the genetically modified mosquitoes outbreed the natural ones. This research is one more step in the direction of possibly replacing malaria mosquito vector populations with mosquitoes that cannot transmit the disease, and it also gives us more relevant knowledge about the biology of the mosquito and the malaria parasite, a relationship that has developed for millions of years. Such knowledge may also be pertinent to developing effective transmission blocking malaria vaccines.
Source: Science Daily
Scientific Advocates of the Year: John Barnwell and Pierre Druihle
Malaria research scientists from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, respectively, published an educational and thought-provoking article detailing the scientific history of pre-erythrocytic malaria vaccine development with suggested ways forward for developing successful malaria vaccines.
Event of the Year: Malaria Forum 2007
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation held a landmark gathering in October 2007 including malaria scientists, celebrities, political leaders and advocates. This Malaria Forum became a historic event when Melinda Gates addressed the participants and called for a global commitment to “eradicate” malaria. Since, many world leaders, agencies and organizations have been aligning their goals and joining forces to work towards this extremely challenging goal. Eradicating the disease means a complete END to all Malaria, in over 100 countries around the world. Intermediate goals involve the control and elimination of malaria in specific regions and countries.
Source: Gates Foundation
Policy Leader of the Year: Africa Fighting Malaria
Africa Fighting Malaria (AFM) is an NGO based in Washington, D.C. and South Africa which states it "seeks to educate people about the scourge of malaria and the political economy of malaria control". In 2007, AFM undertook and increasing number of projects and expanded its reach, showing its continued growth and influence in the fight to End Malaria.
Public Health Adventurer of the Year: Tessa Mattholie, Malaria Consortium
Tessa Mattholie, Malaria Consortium, is an exceptional public health candidate for Adventurer of the Year. Her efforts to combat malaria in Southern Sudan have taken her to some of the most remote parts of this isolated region. Simply to get to the communities she has worked with she has used varying combinations of small airplanes, Land Cruisers, motor boats on the Nile, and plain old walking.
Source: MFI nomination
Teacher Leader of the Year: Gaza Teacher Training College
While training teachers, this College in Mozambique is involved in programs combating the spread of malaria. Based in Gaza, a province in Mozambique, the Teaching Training College has performed plays and managed garbage and drainage ditches. Their efforts to inform others of malaria and to stop its infectious spread are commendable and they are recognized here among the world’s unsung heroes in the fight to End Malaria.
Source: News Report
Undergraduate Student of the Year: Kaleigh Bulloch
Kaleigh Bulloch, the President of “Cover Africa”, a club founded in December 2006 at Cornell University in New York, USA has been dedicated to helping stop the spread of malaria across Africa. In 2007, Cover Africa held numerous events throughout the year, including concerts, conferences, guest lecturers, and an awareness week to help combat malaria. They also help to found a chapter of their organization at a local high school.
Source: Cornell University
Graduate Student of the Year: Lisa Reimer
Lisa Reimer, a graduate student at the University of California - Davis, was awarded a grant to fund her ongoing study of malaria in Mali. Reimer said her experience as a science teacher in the Peace Corps and her experience with the devastation that malaria can cause inspired her to further research malaria. She is particularly concerned with current resistance to the use of pyrethroids, which she believes are vital in the fight against malaria.
Medical Students of the Year: Andy Sherman and Jesse Mathews
Sherman and Mathews, medical students at St Louis University, created NetLife, a non-profit that distributes mosquito nets in Africa. Sherman spent two years in Senegal as a member of the Peace Corp. There he learned about the real needs of the people. Now, with incoming donations to NetLife, Sherman and Mathews purchase and distribute bed nets for $5 /net, without any overhead costs, working in partnership with the Peach Corp and the Against Malaria Foundation.
Source: CBS News
Health Minister of the Year: Emelienne Raoul, Republic of Congo
Congo’s Minister of Health, Social Policy and Family, Emelienne Raoul supported an operation whereby her government and UNICEF partnered along with the national railroad company to launch the “Train Against Malaria” to transport 300,000 insecticide-treated bed nets donated by Japan to the interior of the country, which needs them most. Raoul aimed the project mostly at children, who are the most vulnerable to die from malaria. Raoul said that this project showed that the Congolese government was serious about combating malaria. Currently, less than 5 percent of children and pregnant women sleep under bed nets in the Republic of Congo. “It is really innovative,” said Ms. Raoul. “By launching this train, we are saying that we are serious about the struggle against malaria. “Of course, the bednets are only one part of it,” the health minister continued, pointing to the need to promote the proper use of the nets along with insecticide spraying around homes, better sanitation and prompt treatment for children who contract malaria.”
Politician of the Year: Stephen O'Brien
British Conservative Member of Parliament and Shadow Minister of Health, Stephen O'Brien, has campaigned against malaria for over thirty years and currently heads the all-party parliamentary group on malaria in the British House of Commons. He also serves as chairperson of the Malaria Consortium, an international NGO. In 2007, he visited Mozambique to see the Consortium’s activities there first hand and meet with health officials to discuss approaches to combating malaria in the country.
Educational Document of the Year: Rwanda Village Concept Project's Guide and Book
The Rwanda Village Concept Project is an international non-governmental project run by students' associations from around the world. The group seeks to improve general living conditions within Rwanda. In 2007, they produced a guide and book for schoolchildren about malaria as a disease and what can be done to prevent it.
Volunteer of the Year: Canadian Red Cross.
The Canadian Red Cross works with local Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and they have been engaging thousands of volunteers through the “malariabites.net” project. A main goal is to help to deliver bednets and educate people about the importance of using bednets in Africa to prevent being bitten by infectious mosquitoes and getting malaria.
Source: Red Cross Canada
Global Media Reporter of the Year: Michael Finkel
Michael Finkel, National Geographic July 2007 cover issue – Bedlam in the Blood Malaria, writes on the scientific causes, the alarming effects, the innocent beginnings (a painless mosquito bite), and the painful ends of the disease which is sorely affecting Africa. In this extremely well-written cover story, Finkel succeeded in putting malaria in the global spotlight.
Television News Reporter of the Year: United Methodist TV
United Methodist Television has created informational videos about malaria and advocated for bed nets. From UMTV Malaria in Mozambique: About this video- "Malaria kills more than a million children every year around the world. One of the most valuable tools in the fight against malaria is inexpensive bed nets. A mother in Africa tells of her own struggle to protect her children against malaria and shows us the family bed net that may save four lives." Thanks to YouTube for this and various other informational videos now on line!
Malaria Animation of the Year: Walt Disney Productions
Animated Life Cycle of the Year – This video is useful for Western Tourists to learn about the biological realities of the Malaria Life Cycle, the malaria disease, and how it can cause death quire rapidly. The video drives home the importance of being diagnosed and treated urgently when sick with malaria.
Columnist of the Year: Thomas L. Friedman
April 20, 2007. In an article titled “'Patient' Capital for an Africa That Can't Wait,” Friedman emphasizes the importance of economic advancement in the fight to End Malaria and then features the Kenyan company Advanced Bio-Extracts (ABE) for cultivating the artemisinin plant, which is used in developing Artemisinin Combination Therapies (ACTs), which have been widely promoted in the past few years as the best effective malaria treatments for use in malaria endemic countries. As Friedman reports, “ABE is exemplary”. “You will not see it as front-page news, but in 18 months they set up a factory with 160 people interfacing with 7,000 farmers and supplying one of the major pharma companies in the world.”
African Reporters of the Year: African Media and Malaria Research Network
AMMREN is a network of African journalists and scientists working together to eradicate malaria in Africa. The network includes selected journalists from nine African countries, The Gambia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania. This initiative was one of the key outcomes of a one-week workshop on malaria research reporting in Africa, held in Accra in November 2006, yet the year 2007 was critical for promoting malaria research communications in Africa.
Malaria Project Pioneer of the Year: AIMS workshop on Volunteer Computing
July 16-22, 2007, South Africa. The AIMS workshop on Volunteer Computing was organized and sponsored by the Africa@home partnership and held to introduce participants to state-of-the-art open source software technologies behind distributed computing and cyber-volunteerism on the Internet. Participants will gain hands-on experience with these technologies, so that they can harness the power of volunteer computers worldwide for their own research or to support research of their colleagues in universities and research labs across Africa. MalariaControl.net has been created - to harness the volunteer computing power of thousands of people around the world, to help improve the ability of researchers to predict, and hence control, the spread of malaria in Africa.
Community Leader of the Year: Rob Mather
Rob Mather, from the United Kingdom, is recognized as the pioneer of malaria bednet fundraising and distribution on a massive global scale. Mr. Mather has worked tirelessly as a volunteer to raise funds worldwide for long.-lasting insecticide-treated bednets, establish a database system to engage the public worldwide, manage donations, and then coordinate small and large complex bednet distribution schemes so that 100% of funds raised are used for the purchase of bednets, purchased in bulk for under $5/net. Mr. Mather launched the World Swim for Malaria in 2005 and the Against Malaria Foundation in recent years as a long-term organization to help End Malaria.
Activist of the Year: Lance Laifer
Lance Laifer, a hedge fund manager from New Jersey, started the advocacy group Hedge Funds vs. Malaria in 2005 and raised (to date) over $1 million to fight malaria. In 2007, he set up the first Malaria Facebook campaign, “One Million Faces Against Malaria. Over the past several years, Mr. Laifer has engaged thousands of people, and shared his innovative ideas and sense of urgency with many nonprofit groups including the MFI, all while driving home the point that malaria, because it can be solved through logistics, is fundamentally a problem that concerns the business world as well scientists and public health officials.
Royalty of the Year: Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium
Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium is Roll Back Malaria's first Royal Special Representative. In September 2007, she visited Tanzania for four days to bring international attention, visit schools and hospitals, and hand out thousands of bed nets.
Laboratory Technician of the Year: Ryan Jose E. Ruiz
Laboratory Technician Ryan Jose E. Ruiz spent June 2007 in Ethiopia volunteering for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). Ruiz supervised the staff of two national Laboratories and trained other health workers. Most importantly, Ruiz kept a blog for the organization which allowed readers all across the world to get a glimpse into the intimate world of fighting malaria on-location.
Database manager of the Year: Malaria Atlas Project
This project attempts to map malaria globally by combining different forms of research to get better information and to make the information available to the public: “This database will help refine maps of the global spatial limits of malaria and be the foundation for the development of global malaria endemicity models as part of MAP. A widespread application of these maps is envisaged. The data compiled and the products generated by MAP are planned to be released in June 2009 to facilitate a more informed approach to global malaria control.”
Magazine of the Year: National Geographic
National Geographic published an outstanding, extensive article on malaria in July 2007 that covers how mosquitoes spread the disease, the history of malaria treatment, and why it is such a complicated disease. This article created much heightened global attention on the disease.
Newspaper Article of the Year: “Malaria moves in behind the loggers”
October 30, 2007. Andrés Schipani in Mazán and John Vidal reported on malaria in Peru in The Guardian, United Kingdom. This article highlights how malaria can affect various parts of the world outside Africa. Deforestation is a contributing factor in the return of this mosquito-borne disease to parts of Peru after 40 years.
Source: The Guardian
Book of the Year: The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria by Randall M. Packard
Book description from website (below): “Malaria sickens hundreds of millions of people—and kills one to three million—each year. Despite massive efforts to eradicate the disease, it remains a major public health problem in poorer tropical regions. But malaria has not always been concentrated in tropical areas. How did other regions control malaria and why does the disease still flourish in some parts of the globe? From Russia to Bengal to Palm Beach, Randall Packard’s far-ranging narrative traces the natural and social forces that help malaria spread and make it deadly. He finds that war, land development, crumbling health systems, and globalization—coupled with climate change and changes in the distribution and flow of water—create conditions in which malaria's carrier mosquitoes thrive. The combination of these forces, Packard contends, makes the tropical regions today a perfect home for the disease. Authoritative, fascinating, and eye-opening, this short history of malaria concludes with policy recommendations for improving control strategies and saving lives.”
Speech of the Year: Melinda Gates, Malaria Forum 2007
Melinda Gates’ powerful inspirational keynote address shook the globe in a sense, causing the world’s goal for the fight against malaria to change dramatically overnight from control, prevention and treatment, to eradication. This challenge has caused much debate in the past year, regarding the feasibility, as well as much movement and revitalized teamwork towards the goal.
New Global Program of the Year: Fremantle Media North America, 19 Entertainment, "American Idol" and Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF) for the launch of the IDOL GIVES BACK education and empowerment web site at www.scholastic.com/idolgivesback. This website is directed towards students and teachers to facilitate global learning and networking, to help raise awareness about important global issues and encourage school communities to get involved, take action and make a difference. The website materials were developed by the education experts at Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company.
Malaria Control Program of the Year: The Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative
The LSDI is a collaboration involving the governments of Mozambique, South Africa, and Swaziland to control malaria. The program included IRS (indoor residual spraying), epidemiological surveys, malaria case notification, and mosquito collection for entomological identification. The authors of the seven-year report published in the AJTMH in 2007 conclude by saying “The success of the program in reducing malaria transmission throughout the target area provides a strong argument for investment in regional malaria control.”
Marketing Campaign of the Year: Buzz & Bites, animated education for children
Firdaus Kharas, a multi-award winning animation producer and director, announced the creation of a series of animated Public Service Announcements called “Buzz & Bites” to provide an educational tool to help reduce malaria infections in Africa. Initial funding to support the project was provided by the Canadian Red Cross to support the project.
Source: Red Cross Canada
Company of the Year: Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK)
GSK is acknowledged for its persistent investment in the development of the Malaria Vaccine candidate product called RTS,S, taking it under its wing since the late 1980s. Through the years, GSK has worked in partnership with various organizations such as Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), then in 2001, GSK and the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI)—with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—entered into an agreement to develop the vaccine for infants and young children, with a geographic focus on sub-Saharan Africa. RTS,S has shown promising results in a malaria vaccine study involving 2,000 children and infants in Mozambique over an 18-month follow-up period, and the next few years will be informative regarding its potential as a possible malaria vaccine product to be delivered as a means to prevent malaria. Over the last 10 years, GSK has also been actively supporting malaria community based projects and the development of new malaria drugs.
Most Innovative New Project of the Year: Computational Biology Project
Computational biologists Aviv Regev and Jill Mesirov collaborated with Johanna Daily in a patient-profiling study to discover that malaria can have one of three distinct genetic profiles in humans. The team’s new discovery hopes to connect the various physiological states of the malaria parasite to disease outcomes and reveal new treatment targets.
Malaria Advocacy Group of the Year: European Alliance Against Malaria
The European Alliance Against Malaria is recognized for its commitment to bring civil society organisations from Brussels, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom to work in the field of global health and development. The Alliance aims through advocacy to increase funding and improve malaria programmes, demanding rigorous and resolute action to fight malaria as part of global efforts to reduce poverty and meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Global Health Advocacy Group of the Year: The CORE Group
CORE is an association of NGOs that work to improve the health and well-being of women and children in developing nations through collaborative efforts. The 47 members work in over 180 countries and draw combined revenues of $9 billion. The CORE Group works to iron out inefficiencies and improve communication so that successful anti-malaria efforts can be implemented easily and quickly, and less effective solutions can be phased out.
Source: The CORE Group
Global Health Advocate of the Year: Nicole Bates of the Global Health Council, USA
Nicole Bates has served as co-chair of the Roll Back Malaria - Malaria Advocacy Working Group (MAWG). She has been an effective leader in organizing NGO input for advocacy in the USA and abroad through RBM partnership activities.
NGO Leader of the Year: Larry Casazza
Larry Casazza, director of ACAM, African Communities Against Malaria. As a public health specialist, Mr. Casazza is currently working with malaria and childhood survival programs. For the past 25 years, he has dedicated his time to implementing community-based activities aimed at improving the health and welfare of women and children.
Faith Based Leader of the Year: Pastor Rick Warren and Saddleback Church
On April 2007, Malaria Awareness Day, Pastor Rick Warren and the Saddleback Church committed to reaching out to 300,000 congregations in the United States to encourage them to take on malaria as a cause. Pastor Warren has been an avid supporter in the fight to End Malaria and also help to achieve many other important global health goals.
University of the Year: Cornell University
Nominations are now being accepted for the End Malaria Awards 2009
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