6 Month Progress Update:

Partners for A Malaria Free Zambia

December 14th, 2021 – 9:00am PDT (11:00am CDT | 5:00 PM UTC )


Malaria is a formidable foe in Zambia, responsible for 50% of all infant deaths and 20% of all maternal deaths. On March 9th, 2021, Rotary International, World Vision, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced the launch of Rotary’s first Program of Scale, Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia, a $6 million investment to train, equip and deploy 2500 Community Health Workers in Zambia. Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia will strengthen the national health system by working closely with local health officials and health facility staff, scaling up Rotary’s successful work in the Copperbelt Province to reduce malaria by 90% in two additional Zambian provinces.

To date, this initiative has trained 1,300 community health workers serving a population of 650,000 in seven districts. Join us for our final webinar of 2021 to hear more from our panel on the challenges, successes and learn what’s ahead for the next 6 months. 

Our Panelists 

Bill Feldt

Bill Feldt

Ambassador, Malaria Partners International; Member, Rotary Club of Federal Way

Bill Feldt has been a Rotarian for 33 years, the last 22 of which have been with the Rotary Club of Federal Way. He has served as primary international sponsor on nine Rotary grants including four in Zambia, three in Bolivia and one each in Namibia and Nicaragua, traveling frequently to program sites around the world. Bill is currently the lead Rotarian in Rotary’s first Program of Scale, Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia. Bill has also served as District 5030 International Service Chair and has been active with Malaria Partners International since 2010.  Bill graduated from Carleton College where he served for 16 years on its board of trustees and also served as the President of Carleton’s Alumni Association. Bill received his M.B.A. from Harvard University and served with the United States Foreign Service with postings in Germany, Iran and the State Department in Washington DC.  Over the last 33 years, when not engaged with Rotary projects, Bill also found time to serve in executive positions with Weyerhaeuser Company, and was majority owner and CEO Flohr Metal Fabricators. 

Martha Lungu

Martha Lungu

Executive Director, Malaria Partners Zambia

Martha Lungu is the Executive Director of Malaria Partners Zambia. She is past Assistant Governor for District 9210 and a member of the Rotary Club of Ndola. Martha has been a Rotarian for over 15 years. She is a Chartered Accountant and serves on The Rotary Foundation’s Cadre of Technical Advisers in Auditing.

Eric Liswaniso

Eric Liswaniso

Programs Manager, Malaria Partners Zambia

Rtn. Eric Liswaniso is a service-oriented person that spent 10 years in the public sector before joining Malaria Partners Zambia in March 2021 as Programs Manager.

Hendreen Dean Rohrs

Hendreen Dean Rohrs

Trustee of the Rotary Foundation

Dean has had a varied career from the early days of being an Operating Room Nurse on Professor Christiaan Barnards’ first heart transplant team to running a Nursery School in Malawi. Together with Rhino they now owner manage a company that is involved in soil stabilization during road construction. 8 years ago Dean realized a lifelong ambition by receiving her qualifications in Game Guiding and Game Management. This culminated in a Practical Course that required her to become very familiar with the “Big 5”. She is an accomplished artist and professional ceramicist and both she and Rhino have a passion for the wilderness and traveling to unspoiled places. Dean has served on District and Zone committees. Her best experience is leading teams of Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors to South Africa and seeing how this volunteer experience changes their lives.

Our Moderator

Sarah Crawford

Sarah Crawford

Programs of Scale, Rotary International

Sarah Crawford joined the Rotary staff in July 2020 where she oversees Programs of Scale. Previously, Sarah spent ten years working with the Millennium Challenge Corporation, initially overseeing financial and private sector development programs in several countries in Central America, Africa and Asia, then serving at the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador as the Deputy Resident Country Director and in Washington D.C. as the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Sarah has also served as a business consultant focusing on emerging markets and spent time working in the Consulate General in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Sarah holds an MA in international service from American University and a BA in political science from the University of Illinois. Sarah comes by her Rotary roots naturally as both of her parents are Rotarians and Sarah was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Brazil where she learned Portuguese, attempted to master samba, and enjoyed interacting with Rotarians. 

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The Malaria Partners International Webinar Series was created in an effort to increase the dialogue around malaria, specifically around subjects that are under-addressed on a wide scale. We seek to amplify voices and build connections within the global health community centered around malaria.

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