By Michael McLeod, Board Member, Malaria Partners International, Rotary Club of Federal Way
“…you were always a good man of business, Jacob,” faltered Scrooge,…
“Business!” cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business…”
from Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol
There are reasons to believe in the almost miraculous. To believe in what compassion and hard work and science, what business know-how, optimism, determination and worldwide pulling together, can achieve. I’ve been fortunate to witness this over the past year with Malaria Partners International (MPI).
As you’ll read in this article about the world’s first consequential malaria vaccine, it prevents severe malaria 30% of the time. Most of those malaria kills are children under the age of five. The next biggest group is new mothers. The WHO just released its estimate that almost 627,000 people died of malaria last year. On a global scale, this vaccine can have “a massive public health impact.” Indeed.
And we’ll continue to train and equip thousands of wonderful community health worker volunteers to rapidly diagnose and provide first treatment for malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea and malnutrition in their communities. Together we’ll provide treated mosquito bed nets by the score. Believe in the almost miraculous. We need you. The world needs you.
Community work is tough and requires a lot of sacrifices. To voluntarily serve members of your community day and night without pay is perhaps the highest form of sacrifice. But this is what community health workers have committed to do every day. Determined to eliminate the deadliest killer of infants and adults alike, our community-based volunteers are resolved and determined to play their part. In all our years of service, perhaps no one personifies sacrifice like Elias Banda. We met Elias Banda on June 4th, 2022.
From the 12th to the 14th of May, Rotary District 9214 held its 97th District Conference in Arusha. Over Six hundred participants were in attendance. Rotarians, Rotaractors, interactors and guests had a chance to discuss and vote on important District matters.
Laughter, dancing and singing was the mood in Bulosi village during the MPU/RC Busia visit to Busime Malaria Project on Saturday 28th May 2022. Funded by a small grant from MPI, RC Busia has since received 1,500 mosquito nets from Youth Environment Services and UGX 1,000,000 from Equity bank, Busia branch. According to the bank’s Credit Manager James Sekairi, “Giving to Rotary is no loss.”