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2023

ANNUAL REPORT

 

Table of Contents

  • From the Board Chair
    Looking to the Future
  • From the Executive Director
    Reflecting on 2023 Accomplishments
  • Mission
  • Work
  • Affiliate Updates
    Malaria Partners Zambia, Malaria Partners Uganda, Malaria
    Partners West Africa, Malaria Partners Zimbabwe
  • Small Grants Program
  • Advocacy, Marketing, and Travel
  • Finances
  • Board of Directors
  • Supporters

Letter from the Board Chair

Dear Friends of MPI,

I am pleased to present the Malaria Partners International 2023 Annual Report. I believe this is the most exciting time in the fight against malaria since the introduction of modern synthetic insecticides in the 1940s. The advent of effective vaccines gives us powerful new weapons against the parasite that causes the deadliest forms of malaria. No vaccine is perfect, but these vaccines have the potential to save the lives of tens or even hundreds of thousands of children in sub-Saharan Africa each year.

These new vaccines are meant to be delivered not on their own, but as part of comprehensive health interventions. One way to tackle a population health challenge of this scale is through Community Health Workers (CHWs). Rotary’s first Programs of Scale grant, Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia (PMFZ), focuses on training CHWs who volunteer to improve health in their local communities, and they have achieved phenomenal results.

2024 will bring a dramatic expansion of the PMFZ concept, with Rotary International, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and World Vision beginning implementation of the Rotary Healthy Communities Challenge. This new $30 million program builds on the work of PMFZ, extending it to include diarrheal disease and respiratory infections, and expanding it to include Nigeria, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We will continue to expand the CHW model across sub-Saharan Africa, and doing so will require hundreds of thousands of CHWs across dozens of countries. This is where MPI can play a vital role. We gain experience and expertise across the region by building relationships with Rotary members and their clubs; by funding small grants and measuring their impact; and by creating permanent, funded affiliate organizations, including our newest affiliate, Malaria Partners Zimbabwe. We will continue expanding this model to countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

I cannot thank our donors, partners, and friends enough. Your support enables us to expand our work at this critical moment in the history of malaria.

We have years of work ahead, but we are gaining ground, and there are new tools on the way.

This is an exciting time. Stay strong.

 

 

 

Frank Boosman
Board Chair
RC Federal Way

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

As we reflect on 2023, I am happy to share the successes that have marked our journey in the fight to end malaria in the last year. It has been a year of impactful initiatives, made possible by the support of our dedicated community of partners.

One of my personal highlights was our first post-COVID group trip to Zambia where we had the privilege of visiting Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia. Our travelers forged bonds and made lasting friendships with the African Rotarians leading the fight against malaria. Over the last three years, their efforts have helped train, equip and deploy 2,500 Community Health Workers, providing village-based healthcare to over 1.2 million people.

In 2023, our Small Grants Committee was busier than ever before, awarding grants of up to $10,000 to nine Rotary clubs in six countries. These funds empowered local Rotarians to identify, plan and implement projects tailored to the unique needs of their communities, playing a crucial role in the effort to end malaria.

At MPI, everything we do is focused on our mission “to ignite a global Rotarian campaign for the eradication of malaria”. To that end, MPI team members actively participated in both the Rotary International Convention and the All-Africa Zone Institute. Through these platforms, we reached key Rotary leaders with the message that Rotary must take a leadership role in ending malaria.

None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the engagement of our donors, partners and supporters. Your commitment fuels our passion and propels us closer to a world free from the grasp of malaria. Thank you for being part of our malaria elimination community!

With gratitude,

 

 

 


Jenny Andrews

Executive Director
RC Bellevue Breakfast

OUR MISSION:

TO IGNITE AN INTERNATIONAL ROTARIAN CAMPAIGN TO END MALARIA

Work

In 2023, Malaria Partners International spearheaded transformative initiatives aimed at combating malaria in rural African communities, including:

 

  • With our partners, MPI comprehensive training programs for Community Health Workers, enhancing their capacity to test and treat malaria effectively. These frontline workers are poised to become vital assets in vaccinating children against malaria once vaccines become widely accessible.
  • Malaria Partners International worked to establish an additional Affiliate organization in Zimbabwe, fostering deeper engagement among Rotary members in the fight against malaria. This strategy aimed to bolster local support networks and resource mobilization for local malaria elimination campaigns.
  • MPI also provided crucial support to Rotary clubs in high-burden countries through its Small Grants program. These grants included mentoring and guidance, empowering local Rotary clubs to develop impactful plans and implement interventions that yield significant outcomes in malaria prevention and control.

Malaria Partners Zambia

Modestine Kaoma
Co-Board Chair

Mwangala Muyedekwa
Co-Board Chair

Martha Lungu
Executive Director

Eric Liswaniso
Programs Manager,
PMFZ

Maudy Lwenje
Programs Manager, Copperbelt Phase II

Nurturing Change in Zambia

Our endeavor to advance malaria eradication efforts in Zambia led a team of US Rotarians on a mission to Zambia aimed at engaging key stakeholders in the national malaria elimination program in line with our strategic objectives of elevating awareness, advocating for funding, and nurturing new advocates in the fight against the disease. One of the highlights of this mission was Livingstone, where an interactive dinner facilitated a rich cultural exchange amongst team members which fostered profound connections transcending geographical boundaries.

The District 9210 Conference in Mozambique presented yet another platform for MPZ to showcase our incredible work in supporting malaria elimination efforts through a strategically positioned booth. Leveraging visual displays and engagement with project staff, we effectively advanced our advocacy objectives and left a lasting impact on conference attendees.

The relocation of MPZ to a larger office in Ndola signified a significant milestone, bolstering operational security and administrative capabilities. This strategic move underscores our unwavering commitment to organizational growth and operational efficiency.

On World Malaria Day 2023 during the national commemorations in Chililabombwe, the Rotary Club of Kitwe had the 200 Community Health Workers (CHWs) which they helped train conduct diagnostic activities, another tangible manifestation of our collective dedication to malaria elimination within communities.

Our proactive engagement in various forums, including the Rotary Africa Zone 22 Institute, where MPI founding member Jim Moore’s presentation served as a testament to MPI’s enduring impact in Zambia. His speech showcased our organization’s longstanding commitment to malaria eradication and highlighted the continuous growth of our initiatives. This demonstration of sustained progress served to reinforce our collaborative efforts and inspire further engagement in our shared mission.

As we reflect on the milestones achieved in 2023, we remain poised to continue our journey towards a malaria-free world with renewed vigor and unwavering determination.

Rotarians’ Decade-Long Battle Against
Malaria in the Copperbelt

While the international Rotarian partnership to eliminate malaria in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province began 15 years ago, activity and progress against the disease ramped up in 2013. Since then, the Zambian Rotary Coordinating Committee (soon to become Malaria Partners Zambia) and a U.S.-based nonprofit (now Malaria Partners International) have undertaken seven major projects, including six Global Grants. $2.66 million has been invested in a range of malaria prevention, control and elimination initiatives, reducing the morbidity and mortality from malaria for more than 1 million people in seven of the Copperbelt’s most rural districts!

Since 2019, Rotarians’ malaria elimination efforts have focused on projects that train and equip community health workers who are then deployed to their home communities under the supervision of nearby health center staff. Three such Global Grant projects have been implemented, and the third one is nearing completion. A fourth Global Grant project–refresher training for CHWs in the first two projects—will begin in 2024.

The CHWs in these projects test and treat their fellow community members for malaria and report their testing and treatment activities monthly into the national health database (DHIS2) system. The scale and distribution of these projects is shown in the graphic below.
As a result, people no longer need to travel to the nearest health facility (often many kms distant) for diagnosis and treatment, so more cases are being diagnosed and treated. Further, the heavy burden malaria patients place on health centers during the peak malarial seasons has been dramatically reduced as more and more cases are treated at the community level.

 

Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia

In 2023 Malaria Partners Zambia made significant strides in its quest for a Malaria-Free Zambia. We prioritized training healthcare personnel and conducting refresher training sessions for Community Health Workers and health facility supervisors. To combat attrition, we ensured the continuous availability of essential healthcare services by training replacements. Data management activities were also conducted to enhance the reliability of information received from Community Health Workers and Community Health Centers.

Rotary International, a lead funder of Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia (PMFZ), introduced the US$30 million Rotary Healthy Communities Challenge (RHCC) grant as a direct outcome of the outstanding performance of the PMFZ initiative. Rotary International, the Gates Foundation and World Vision are now funding the RHCC, which extends the work to three additional countries, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria. The decision to expand reflects the three partners’ confidence in the effectiveness of the malaria control efforts of PMFZ.

Notably, PMFZ received very favorable ratings from Metrics for Management (M4M), an independent contractor engaged by Rotary to evaluate the performance of the initiative, which further affirmed the project’s impact and paved the way for the RHCC. This is a pivotal moment in Rotary’s commitment to creating healthier communities and a leap forward in the global fight against malaria.

Community engagement and advocacy were key to PMFZ and included over 50 radio programs and collaboration with partners like the Faith Leader Advocacy for Malaria Elimination (FLAME).

We have supported End Malaria Council (which seeks to involve and partner with Zambia’s major companies and corporations) by funding meetings in two provinces. On the global stage, MPZ showcased its impact at international events, including Rotary conferences in Melbourne, Australia and Beira, Mozambique.

We participated in the Rotary Zone 22 (Africa) Institute in Lusaka. Rotary
Foundation Trustee Geeta Manek and Rotary International Director Patrick Chisanga, Rotary staff, Malaria Partners International, President’s Malaria Initiative and the Community Health workers in Chibombo all contributed and participated. It’s worth noting that 90% of the Institute’s presenters mentioned the PMFZ project and its positive impact on communities.

 

Malaria Partners Uganda

Ken Mugisha
Board Chair

Eva Kagona
Programs Manager

Androa Royce Gloria Ayikoru
Board Member and Chairperson Admin/Finance/HR

In 2023, Malaria Partners Uganda (MPU) celebrated a decade of fighting malaria in Uganda. This collaborative effort between Ugandan Rotary leaders and international Rotarians resulted in three successful Global Grants. These initiatives target malaria prevention, testing, and treatment in Katakwi District, complemented by over $100K in small grants to support various malaria-related projects by Ugandan Rotary clubs. MPU is a testament to the commitment of Ugandan Rotarians in the fight against malaria.

In 2023 MPU trained 35 Rotary club presidents and service project chairs on how to secure small grants from Malaria Partners International. On World Malaria Day and World Mosquito Day, MPU engaged communities in malaria-focused activities ranging from bike rides and skits to malaria testing and blood donations. MPU supported the Rotary Club of Yumbe in a test-and-treat activity: 2,473 individuals were tested, with 1,503 (61%) testing positive for malaria. Rotarians and Community Health Workers played pivotal roles, emphasizing the importance of community participation in disease management.

MPU also forged strategic partnerships in 2023, collaborating with private sector organizations to optimize the supply chain for nets and vector control. MPU also established connections with the Uganda Parliamentary Forum and National Malaria Control Program, ensuring sustained government support for actions aimed at malaria elimination.

Lastly, this past year included a significant addition to MPU’s team. Rotarian Eva Kagona, MPA, took over as the new Program Manager, bringing valuable experience from consultancy roles with NGOs, government, and international agencies.

Malaria Partners West Africa

Dr. Emma Bruce
Executive Director

In its second year, Malaria Partners West Africa (MPWA) continues to make strides in malaria prevention and education in West Africa. In 2023, MPWA reached nearly 400,000 people through malaria-focused educational awareness sessions for pregnant women, mothers of children under 5 years old, students, community leaders, and groups of women and youths; billboards and posters with malaria prevention messages; radio programs; television media coverage of malaria prevention activities by Rotarians; community outreach programs such as cleaning of communities to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and going from door to door to sensitize household members about the dangers of malaria; providing malaria diagnostic equipment that serves the whole community; supporting vector control by providing t-shirts for all the data collectors personnels that go from house to house during a national Indoor Residual Spraying Campaign and malaria screening if children in a community. Over 70 Rotarians and Rotaractors from the Rotary District 9101’s Malaria Committees has participated in these efforts.

Rotary District 9101 comprises of Rotary Clubs in 10 West African Countries namely: Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte D’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone in which MPWA serves as the coordinating body through the Rotary District 9101 Subcommittee on Malaria to ensure that Rotary Malaria prevention and control programs in member countries have grant funding opportunities. MPWA  also supports administrative activities of the Rotary District 9101 Subcommittee such as the Annual General Meeting of the Rotary D9101 Malaria Committees, which was held this year in Mali and included a joint Annual General Meeting of MPWA.

With small grant projects in the Ivory Coast, and Sierra Leone, Burkin Faso and The Gambia plus visits and presentations to Cape Verde Island, Guinea Conakry, and Guinea Bissau, MPWA impacted around 400,000 people both directly and indirectly. In addition, MPWA held strategic partner meetings with the President’s Malaria Initiative, WHO representatives, Ministry of Health, and the National Malaria Control Program in various countries of the Rotary District 9101. MPWA has been instrumental in assisting Rotary District 9101 Malaria Committees in drafting small grant applications for submission.

Malaria Partners Zimbabwe

Sam Chikowore
Board Chair

Malaria Partners Zimbabwe (MPZim) was founded with a mission to catalyze a global Rotarian campaign for malaria eradication. MPZim is responding to the worrisome rise in malaria cases in Zimbabwe, and Rotarians are aligning themselves with the broader coalition of partners and stakeholders against malaria.

Officially chartered at the All-Africa Zone Institute in September 2023, MPZim’s board, led by Rotarian Sam Chikowore, includes members from several diverse Rotary clubs, each contributing unique skills and passion. MPZim aims to have Zimbabwe declared malaria-free within the next ten years. As a member of the Elimination 8, a collaborative effort to reduce malaria in Africa, Zimbabwe aligns with regional initiatives.

MPZim is in the planning phase of a large-scale project focused on Mudzi District in Mashonaland East Province, in partnership with The Methodist Church In Zimbabwe. The project will engage Village Healthcare Workers and other strategic partners to drive behavioral and attitudinal changes towards malaria elimination.

Anticipating expansion into more operational areas, MPZim relies on the Rotary Club network in Zimbabwe to facilitate advocacy and spread the message for the elimination of malaria across the country. The commitment extends beyond borders, embodying a collective effort towards a malaria-free future for all of Africa.

Small Grants

MPI’s Small Grant Program was buoyed by another active year in 2023. MPI launched ten new projects as noted below along with their Host Rotary Clubs (RC):

  • RC – Kwale (Nigeria) – An active Rotarian engagement in convening a one-day summit in the Delta State to formulate a mosquito control policy and to initiate a six-month IRS program in 300 targeted homes.
  • Rotaractor Club – Busia Border (Uganda) – Project targeted 360 households on Uganda/Kenya border monitored by 30 freshly trained CHW’s equipped with testing and treatment kits.
  • Rotaractor Club – Lusaka (Zambia) – An effort to hasten data collection among CHW’s to improve effectiveness of a massive national malaria elimination program.
    Rotary Malaria Committee (Ivory Coast) – 40 ft billboards were displayed at major intersections in each of three regional centers urging bednet utilization when the seasonal risk of parasitic spread was high.
  • RC – Yumbe (Uganda) – A multifaceted effort to test and treat in 577 households and establish a permanent fund to financially sustain the control program.
  • RC- Kakamega (Kenya) – Training of 60 CHW’s supplied with bednets and RDT kits. Following bednet distribution, CHW’s reinforced best practices with targeted recipients.
  • RC – Siaya (Kenya) – Rotary Club assisted in training of 160 CHW’s by local health authorities.
  • RC – Bo (Sierra Leone) – A CHW training project aimed at pregnant women and their infant newborns, using in-the-field preventative treatments.
  • RC – Kisumu (Kenya) – A two-month project to eliminate parasitic breeding grounds and to build awareness through local public radio broadcasts.
  • Since inception in early 2020, the MPI Small Grant program has funded 36 projects in 16 primarily sub-Saharan African countries totaling $306,002.

Advocacy, Marketing, and Travel

In 2023 MPI’s advocacy efforts surged, propelled by key initiatives and global engagements. The addition of a new affiliate in Zimbabwe, implementation of substantial global grants, and active participation in Rotary Institutes and the RI Convention all played crucial roles in advancing our mission to rally Rotarians and others in the global fight against malaria.

In March 2023, MPI hosted a trip to Zambia, providing an opportunity to introduce new allies to our work. By showcasing projects, introducing partners, and engaging with Community Health Workers in the field, participants gained a firsthand understanding of the efficacy of the work being done.

Our participation in the Global Malaria Congress in Melbourne, AU allowed us to share our vision – and the stage – with influential figures such as Lady Roslyn Morauta, Chair of the Global Fund, Dr. Philip Welkhoff, the Gates Foundation’s Malaria Director, and Dr. David Walton, Global Malaria Coordinator for the U.S.’s President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

The Rotary International Convention featured Partners for Malaria Free Zambia on the big screen during President Jennifer Jones’ visit to Zambia. Participation and presentations at the All-Africa Zone Institute connected us with incoming Rotary District Governors from many parts of Africa. RI President Gordon MacInally’s announcement of the Rotary Healthy Community Challenge, the $30 million initiative funded by Rotary, The Gates Foundation, and World Vision, was a pivotal step toward reducing the malaria burden in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Financials

In 2023, MPI’s grant distributions declined year-over-year due to delays in several large programs which unexpectedly carried over into 2024. In 2023, MPI grants totaled $458,040, a modest 15% decline from total grants made in 2022. These grants support our African-based MPI Affiliates and Rotary-led malaria projects. The malaria programs that MPI supports directly engage local Rotary Clubs in the fight against malaria in some of the world’s most impoverished and endemic regions.

The malaria elimination progress MPI made this year, and the accomplishments we anticipate in the future, would not be possible without the generous support of our donors who are committed to the global eradication of malaria.

Total contributions to MPI in 2023 reached $1,156,150, equal to the record-breaking contributions achieved in 2022. As in previous years, our largest financial supporter was the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, demonstrating their continued confidence in our work.

 

Use of Funds

$847,155

Funding Sources

$1,125,954

Affiliate Support

$358,871

Board of Directors

Frank Boosman
Board Chair
RC Federal Way

Steven Shepelwich
Board Chair-Elect
RC Oklahoma City

Adriana Lanting
Immediate Past Chair
RC Long Beach

Michael McLeod
Treasurer
RC Federal Way

Marsha Mutisi
Secretary
RC Seattle 4

Board Members

Maureen Brotherton
RC Seattle 4
Corinne Cavanaugh
RC Passport
Bill Feldt
RC Federal Way
Dr. William Hammond
RC Seattle 4

Katherine Matos
RC Kent
James R. Moore
RC Seattle 4
Stacey Ogle
RC Tacoma 8
Sala Sweet
RC University

Clayton Taylor
RC Oklahoma CIty
Dr. Wendy Todaro Thanassi
Medical Doctor
Drake Zimmerman
RC Normal

Board Ambassadors

John Adams
RC Seattle 4
Linda Cheever
RC Seattle 4
Catherine Willis Cleveland
RC Seattle 4
Charley Dickey
RC Seattle 4

Robin DuBrin
RC Emerald City
Dorothy Echodu
Arielle Howell
Seattle Rotaract
Jim Mulry
RC Phoenix 100
Nancy Osborne
RC Seattle 4

Dr. Derick Pasternak
RC Ballard
Jeff Pritchard
RC Seattle 4
Harry Short
RC Seattle 4
Dave Siebert
RC Seattle 4

Lacey Stone
RC Seattle 4
Ezra Teshome
RC University
Sarah Weaver
RC Seattle 4

Supporters

Thank you to all of the generous donors that make this work possible.

Eradicator’s Circle

$10,000+

Linda Cheever
David and Katherine DeBruyn
Charles Dickey
Bill and Karen Feldt
Juniper Foundation

Adriana Lanting
Jim Moore and Kristi Branch
Stacey and Ed Ogle
Susan and John Pohl

Platinum Advocates

Total: $5,000 – $9,999

Maureen Brotherton
Robin DuBrin
Dr. William Hammond and Nancy Osborne
Jeffrey Pritchard

Scott Silver
Todd and Teresa Silver
Drake Zimmerman

Silver Advocates

Total: $1,000 – $4,999

John Adams
Jenny Andrews
Fraser and Deirdre Black
Frank Boosman
Corinne Cavanaugh
Craig DeVine

Catherine Dickey
Rob Dickey
James and Gaylee Duncan
Howard and Judy Johnson
Impetus Impact
Tom Leonidas

Dorothy Lewis
Kate Matos
Michael McLeod
Judith Stone
Ezra Teshome
Sarah Weaver

Advocate

Total: $200-$999

Omara Benjamin Abe
Nicholas D. Anderson
Ahmet Atahan
Annette Basel
Jeff Borek
Kenneth Colling
Linda Collins
Robert Davidson
Fedva Dikmen
Stephanie Feldt
Marilee Fuller

Catherine Gibson
Kevin Klustner
James Kodjababian
Rachel Lawton
Marsha Mutisi
Kathryn Nelson
Roberta Nestas
Rotary Club of Orange North
Derick Pasternak
Dan & Karen Perry
John Raybar

Steve Shepelwich
David Siebert
Barry Sillito
Sala Sweet
Clayton Taylor
Jennifer Weddermann
Sylvia Whitman
Kathryn Williams

Supporters

Total: Up to $200

Harold Anderson
Kimberly Feldt
Roberta Greer
Owmiah Hcckere
Eric Jones
Jmua Kikal
Gayle Kreek
Christina Leonidas

Donald Miller
Lucas Morais
Carol Nelson
David Owens
Kaj Pedersen
Leanora Perillo
Kelly Jo and Michael Perrow
Kae Peterson

Sherri Proulx
Meghan Rand
Dean Read
Maddie Sjolund
Robert Skankey
James Urie
David Wu

THANK YOU!

Your generous contributions drive this important work!
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