|World Malaria Day 2009|
Malaria Foundation International & Choi Kwang Do Martial Art International Partnership
Report of Activities
The Malaria Foundation is grateful for the dedicated partnership of Choi Kwang Do (CKD) Martial Art International, which has provided many fine leaders with support to develop and expand Student Leaders Against Malaria (SLAM) and End Malaria - Blue Ribbon campaign activities.
INDIA - Dr. Pratibha Singh
With the leadership of Dr. Pratibha Singh from the Baptist Christian Hospital in the province of Assam, India, over 40 “End Malaria - Blue Ribbon” clubs have been created and organized. Children and adults have benefited from EM-BR club leaders teaching them about malaria. The MFI/CKD partnership has supported their advocacy activities, reaching out to schools in neighboring villages; schools include Sastrapara High School and Rajiv Gandhi High school. Most recently, they published an educational coloring book for children and youth.
Botswana - Mr. Tommie Hamaluba
Mr. Hamaluba is a business, information technology and accounting teacher at Gaborone Senior Secondary School in the Republic of Botswana. His commitment to “End Malaria” is reflected in his leadership organizing local malaria educational workshops and bringing bednets and political support to people living in the northern, malaria endemic regions of Botswana. The MFI/CKD partnership has aided Mr. Hamaluba through the purchase of digital electronic equipment to document his activities. This helped his programs achieve high level recognition by the President of Botswana, the Ministry of Health and American Embassy. Mr. Hamaluba has worked on SLAM and the EM-BR campaign in close partnership with Mr. Bill Meyers and his middle school students from the Dawson School in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Ivory Coast- Mr. John Martin Segbo
Mr. John Martin Segbo, the founder of Stop Malaria International (SMI), has conducted a series of malaria educational workshops in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, reaching thousands of individuals. He and his colleagues have scientific and educational backgrounds in malaria. SMI has received support from the MFI/CKD partnership to expand their educational campaign of Scout Leaders who are empowered to go out in their community to educate students and their families about malaria transmission and prevention.
Liberia – Dr. Syrulwa Somah
Malawi - Mr. Patricio Kulemeka
The MFI/CKD partnership supported Dr. Mamane Garba, a Nigerien national and scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, to carry out a novel idea called the “Niger Summer Enrichment Program” (NSEP). Niger is among the poorest countries in the world, and Dr. Garba created NSEP for Nigeriens to help sponsor a summer head-start program for elementary school students. As part of the inaugural program, which involved four schools with fifteen classes, the directors, teachers and advisors of the Niamey School System learned about the life cycle of the malaria parasite, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and the importance of recognizing counterfeit medications.
Nigeria- Mr. Muhammad Umar
Sudan- Dr. Carlos Franco-Paredes
Please visit the Malaria Foundation website at www.malaria.org for many stories and colorful photographs produced by MFI-CKD leaders, and others. The Malaria Foundation has frequent requests from other similarly capable and charismatic leaders in these and other countries; for example, Cambodia, Cameroon, Benin, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Peru, Zambia, Tanzania, among others. We welcome requests from CKD schools and private citizens to ‘adopt’ specific partners or communities in various countries. Our expanding partnership has much potential. Thank you!