WORLD MOSQUITO DAY 2020
20 August is World Mosquito Day, a global commemoration of Sir Ronald Ross’ discovery in 1897 that female Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. World Mosquito Day presents us with an opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of malaria-carrying mosquitoes, and shine a spotlight on ongoing efforts in the fight against the world’s deadliest creature. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever we must keep up the fight against killer diseases like malaria. By fighting COVID-19 and malaria together, we can save more lives and make a safer world for all.
Get involved this World Mosquito Day using the Zero Malaria toolkit
THE MOSQUITO CLAP DANCE
We’re inviting people everywhere to let the world hear loud and clear that in this new Covid world, we mustn’t take our eyes off the prize of zero malaria! Film yourself or with friends doing the 4-step clap, write a caption to include #MosquitoClapChallenge and @ZeroMalaria, and ideally tag a friend or two! Post on TikTok or share your video across your favourite social media.
GSK SUPPORTED MALARIA NO MORE UK IN EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERING PROGRAMME
Malaria No More UK (MNM UK) has been privileged to partner with GSK’s PULSE volunteering programme for 2 years. The Programme enables GSK employees to offer their time and expertise to support global health and, in this case, to play their part in ending malaria for good, whilst bringing new ideas and fresh ways of working to the teams they are placed with. One of our highlights of 2019 was welcoming Matthew Pownall (Corporate Secretariat at GSK), and Yamina Laine (Vaccines at GSK) for 6 months, as GSK PULSE Volunteers at Malaria No More UK.
Yamina joined the Philanthropy and Partnerships team as a partnerships specialist and worked to support the development of a framework for building strategic partnerships for MNM UK. She also helped develop our new partnership with Comic Relief. Reflecting on her placement Yamina shared that she enjoyed the opportunity to work in a completely different context and to be out of her comfort zone, learning new skills by adapting to a new way of working.
Matthew supported us as a planning and strategy consultant in the Business Operations team providing project management support for a global event MNM UK will be helping to organise in 2020. He also coordinated a major cross-team funding proposal and managed an IT change project. He has enjoyed the opportunity to work in a completely different environment and gain insights into one of the world’s deadliest diseases.
_"I’ve learnt so much from the great people in MNM UK but also the malaria community at large – all valuable lessons that I will take back to GSK with me." (_Matthew Pownall).
The PULSE Programme has enabled them to contribute to our goal of ending malaria within a generation and to work towards GSK’s mission to help people live better, longer lives.
Here is the link to our blog post!
THE KIGALI SUMMIT JUNE 2020
WE WILL BE SUPERCHARGING THE FIGHT AGAINST MALARIA AND NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES.
The Kigali Summit on 25th June 2020 will super-charge efforts to end malaria and neglected tropical diseases.
The summit will bring a united global focus on ending these preventable diseases that have been devastating the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people for thousands of years. The Summit is being co-hosted by two global partnerships tackling the diseases, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria and Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, the Summit will capitalise on the presence of the Heads of State of countries who represent almost two-thirds of the global burden of malaria and neglected tropical diseases.
For malaria, this meeting will advance the agenda set by the Commonwealth leaders in 2018 to halve malaria cases in Commonwealth nations by 2023 and will mark progress and spur action against this significant milestone as well as global malaria reduction and elimination targets for 2025 and 2030.
By coming together now, the two health communities aim to share knowledge and resources to accelerate progress towards global goals aimed at ending malaria and neglected tropical diseases within a generation.
These diseases are united by the fact that they are diseases of inequity; they disproportionately affect women, children under five and people living in extreme poverty or remote communities.
For the link to to our YouTube Video, click here