Report to the Annual General Meeting of Rotarians Eliminating Malaria a Rotarian Action Group
by C.E.O & Chairman Brian Stoyel
Rotary International Convention Sydney June 2014
My sincere apologies for not being with you this year, family commitments made the journey impossible but I know full well being in the very capable hands of the REMaRAG team this will be another successful year.
We have learnt from bitter experience Mosquitoes are no respecters of race, creed or colour and everyone is liable to attack when living or visiting such areas with mosquito infestation. So again this year we are indeed very fortunate to have a Break Out session - The Battle to Eliminate Malaria - within this Rotary International Convention. It will be on Tuesday 3rd June 13.30 – 15.00 in the ANZ Stadium East Level 5 where my UK colleague Ian Priestly will Chair the meeting. Important advice is to arrive early - last year all seats were occupied some 40 minutes before the meeting started.
This year our speakers will be:
Sumitomo Chemical Announces Breakthrough in the Development
of a New Mode of Action Insecticide for Adult Mosquito Control.
Only 4 classes of insecticide are currently recommended by the World Health Organization Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES) for indoor residual spraying (IRS). No new classes of insecticide for adult mosquito control have been introduced in the past 40 years. Since there is widespread and growing resistance to many of these compounds, especially in Sub Saharan Africa, malaria control programs have had very limited control options.
Sumitomo Chemical is therefore very pleased to announce the development and recent submission to WHOPES of a new mode of action insecticide product for adult mosquito control for application in IRS programs.
The Sydney Convention House of Friendship & Break Out session.
Report by Ian Priestly from the BreakOut session held in Sydney2014
There were some slight hiccups over the booth allocation in the House of Friendship, despite our early registration the registration had been mislaid from RI source! but we ended up with a prime site which gave us a good footfall. The downside was that it was away from the Rotarian Against Malaria (RAM) stand so some explanations needed to be given as to why we were different.
There were few other REMARAG members present at the convention and so help to man the stand was difficult.
Malaria 'spreading to new altitudes'.
Warmer temperatures are causing malaria to spread to higher altitudes, a study suggests.
Researchers have found that people living in the highlands of Africa and South America are at an increased risk of catching the mosquito-borne disease during hotter years.
They believe that temperature rises in the future could result in millions of additional cases in some areas.
The research is published in the journal Science.
Read more here.
The Goal of REMARAG.
The ultimate goal is to eliminate malaria from the face of the earth. The intermediate goal is to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality in each country quickly and efficiently through provision of goods, education and other interventions that lower malaria, thus to set the stage for rapid dissemination of the eventual malaria vaccine.
This site has been setup to provide information about the work of REMARAG. It also provides a point of contact should you wish to find out more. The map below shows the areas of the world that are currently where there is a risk of Malaria.
RI Convention in Sydney.
House of Friendship
REMaRAG Annual General Meeting
Monday 2nd June 1200 – 1330hrs Marine Room Sydney Olympic Park
Malaria Break Out session - The Battle to Eliminate Malaria
Tuesday, 3 June, 13:30-15:00
ANZ Stadium East, Level 5 Champions Room
Introduction from Chairman PDG Ian Priestley
Rtn. Ron Seddon talking about efforts and success in Papua New Guinea
PDG Ian Priestley update on what is going on scientifically with an emphasis on vaccines.
PDG Richmond Manyweathers (Rotarians Against Malaria and what it does),
PDG Phil Dempster (efforts in Timor Leste and Solomon Islands).
Concluding with a Question & Answer session
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