RBM News

World Malaria Day

26 July 2012 The Thika Y’s Men's Club in Kenya continues to strengthen their relations with the Thika YMCA, the Kenya Red Cross and with other NGOs every passing year.

On World Malaria Day, which was observed worldwide on 25 April 2012, Thika Y’s Men led by Club President Mary Wabule initiated and executed a joint Y’s Men/YMCA/Red Cross cleaning exercise at Thika YMCA.

Representatives of Thika Y’s Men’s Club, Thika YMCA and Thika Red Cross converged on Thika YMCA compound armed with garden equipment and did a marvelous job of clearing and cleaning the compound for three hours from 9 am to 12 noon. Bushes and all mosquito breeding areas around the Thika YMCA Hostels were cleared.

At the end of the cleaning exercise Thika YMCA treated the workers to well deserved tea and bread.

Some members of the cleaning team standing on cleared compound behind the hostels at Thika YMCA. (L-R) Ian Njagi, Mary Wabule, Getrude Mukabane, Peter Mburu, Nicodemus Kithunga, Ephraim Ojiem, Caroline Wanjiru, Peter Kamau & Benson Wabule.

Education is Key to Promotion

IFRC Senior Health Officer, Mr Jason Peat

18 January 2012 In order to gain a better understanding of the Roll Back Malaria partnership, the Geneva Y's Men's Club in Switzerland today invited representatives from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to their monthly lunch meeting.

A comprehensive presentation by Senior Health Officer (Malaria) Mr Jason Peat and his colleague Ms Melanie Caruso outlined the work being done by the IFRC - in partnership with governments and organisations such Y's Men International - to eradicate malaria.

(L-R) Ms Melanie Caruso (IFRC), former ISG and current Geneva Club President Mr Ingvar Wallin, Mr Jason Peat (IFRC)

PNWR Takes Up RBM Challenge

23 August 2011 During the recent PNWR Convention in Yakima, the Pacific Northwest Region (Area USA) decided to adopt the Roll Back Malaria Project as their Regional Project.

Regional Director Mr Lee Woodard said that each club has been asked to raise a minimum contribution for the project. He explained that these funds will be collected with the Region's second semester dues and remitted to IHQ by this year's contribution deadline of 15 March 2012.

RBM Project Coordinator James Olle said that he was extremely pleased with the enthusiasm and dedication shown by the Region and that their contributions would greatly assist in helping achieve the five-year goal of CHF 500,000. He hoped that other Regions would adopt similar initiatives to support the fundraising project.

Mid Year Meeting Visits IFRC

24 January 2011 As part of our close and ongoing relationship with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the participants of the 2011 Mid Year Meeting visited the IFRC Secretariat located in Geneva. A brief presentation in the building’s auditorium highlighted the crucial role that the organisation plays in times of crisis particularly in terms of disaster relief and health care.

Participants are pictured below, together with IFRC staff, in the building’s atrium.

Change of Logo for RBM Partnership

In 2010, the logo on the left was replaced by the logo pictured on the right. The new logo will be used on all publications and promotional materials produced for the 2010-15 campaign.

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2008-09 Fundraising Campaign Completion

Thanks to the generosity of Y’s Men, Y’s Women, Y’s Menettes, Y’s Youth and others, the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) fundraising campaign launched on 24 October 2008 ended very successfully. Our international goal was to collect 165,000 CHF to buy at least 20,000 mosquito nets (kits). Finally, 183,000 CHF was donated to the IFRC, enabling the distribution of 25,000 to 30,000 kits.

During an official ceremony on 21 July 2009 a cheque was handed over to Mr Trygve G. Nordby, Under Secretary General – Humanitarian Diplomacy, at the IFRC headquarters in Geneva. The IFRC invited the Y’s Men’s Club of Freetown in Sierra Leone and also the YMCA of Sierra Leone to participate in an intensive four-day seminar concerning the Malaria Project and to help with the net distribution during September 2009.

(L-R) ISG Mr Rolando Dalmas, Under Secretary General Mr Trygve G. Nordby & Mr Shunichiro Asaba.