Atlanta, GA, December 30, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The Malaria Foundation International (MFI) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2008 “End Malaria Awards”. The purpose of the “End Malaria Awards” is to recognize the many special activities and achievements of global leaders and unsung heroes in the world’s fight to End Malaria. The current awards acknowledge various individuals and organizations who were nominated for outstanding accomplishments in 2007. The winners clearly exemplify their concern, creativity, persistence and dedication.
Despite the fact that malaria is a preventable and treatable disease, as many as 500 million people worldwide fall ill with this disease each year. “This is unacceptable and we must continue to come together to make a difference in the fight to End Malaria”, said Esmeralda Meyer, Outreach Director of the Malaria Foundation International.
Malaria remains a major killer, which claims the life of one child every 30 seconds. Over one million people die each year and several hundred million become sick with this disease in over 100 countries around the world. Malaria is caused by four major species of the parasite Plasmodium and it is transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes.
The Malaria Foundation International has led the fight to End Malaria since 1992. Many organizations are now working to fight this disease, and the “End Malaria Awards” serve as one way to recognize all those who worked in 2007 to help the fight to End Malaria and also archive progress made from year to year.
Within the past few years there has been an enormous increase in global attention, activities and supporters helping to fight malaria. In October 2007, Bill and Melinda Gates declared their goal to eradicate malaria, and many people and organizations have been joining forces and realigning strategies to work towards this huge goal. Whether malaria can be eradicated is debatable, but it is certain that working towards this goal will require the contributions of an increasing number of dedicated people and organizations in developed countries and in malaria endemic regions.
The Malaria Foundation’s annual “End Malaria Awards” were established in 2006. This is the third set of awards. The MFI acknowledges and thanks all supporters who took time to submit nominations through the MFI website, and the volunteer Student Coalition for Empowering Emerging Nations (SCEEN) of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for assisting with the collation of nominations.
End Malaria Awards – 2008: The “End Malaria Awards” include over 50 award categories. Informative write-ups and website linkages can be found at the Malaria Foundation’s website, www.malaria.org, for all winners.
Lifetime Achievement: Robert S. Desowitz
Person of the Year: Admiral Timothy Ziemer
Celebrity of the Year: William Jefferson Clinton
President and First Lady Advocate of the Year: Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi and First Lady Madame Chantal de Souza Yayi; Tanzania's President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and First Lady Sala Kikwete; and United States’ President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
Singer of the Year: Melinda Doolittle
New Advocate of the Year: African Students Association, University of Arizona, USA
Roll Back Malaria Partnership Advocate of the Year: Malaria No More
Sport of the Year: Soccer
Athlete of the Year: Diego Gutierrez
Philanthropists of the Year: Bill and Melinda Gates
Economic Leader of the Year: The All-Party Parliamentary Malaria Group
Conference of the Year: GBC-Brookings Private Sector Malaria Forum.
Musician of the Year: Vieux Farka Toure
Special Event of the Year: Proclamation of Malaria Awareness Day in the USA
Performance of the Year: “Idol Gives Back”
Scientist of the Year: Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena
Scientific Advocates of the Year: John Barnwell and Pierre Druihle
Event of the Year: Malaria Forum 2007
Policy Leader of the Year: Africa Fighting Malaria, USA and South Africa
Adventurer of the Year: Kingsley Holgate
Public Health Adventurer of the Year: Tessa Mattholie, Malaria Consortium, United Kingdom
Teaching Leader of the Year: Gaza Teacher Training College, Mozambique
Undergraduate Student of the Year: Kaleigh Bulloch, Cornell University, New York, USA
Graduate Student of the Year: Lisa Reimer, University of California – Davis, USA
Medical Students of the Year: Andy Sherman and Jesse Mathews, St Louis University, MO, USA
Health Minister of the Year: Emelienne Raoul, Republic of Congo
Politician of the Year: Stephen O'Brien, United Kingdom
Educational Document of the Year: Rwanda Village Concept Project's Guide and Book
Volunteers of the Year: Canadian Red Cross
Global Media Reporter of the Year: Michael Finkel, National Geographic July 2007, Cover issue – Bedlam in the Blood Malaria
Television News Reporter of the Year: United Methodist TV
Malaria Animation of the Year: Walt Disney Productions
Musical Educational Video of the Year – from the Colegio Santa Cruz
Animated Life Cycle of the Year –
NGT, Inc.; A useful video for Western Tourists
Columnist of the Year: Thomas L. Friedman
African Reporters of the Year: African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMRN)
Malaria Project Pioneer of the Year: AIMS workshop on Volunteer Computing
Community Leader of the Year: Rob Mather, Founder, Against Malaria Foundation
Activist of the Year: Lance Laifer, Founder, Hedge Funds vs. Malaria
Royalty of the Year: Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium
Laboratory Technician of the Year: Ryan Jose E. Ruiz; volunteer for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in Ethiopia.
Database Manager of the Year: Malaria Atlas Project
Magazine of the Year: National Geographic
Newspaper Article of the Year: “Malaria moves in behind the loggers” by Andrés Schipani in Mazán and John Vidal, The Guardian, United Kingdom
Book of the Year: The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria by Randall M. Packard
Speech of the Year: Melinda Gates, Malaria Forum 2007
New Global Program of the Year: Fremantle Media North America, 19 Entertainment, "American Idol" and Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF) for the launch of the Idol Gives Back education and empowerment web site at www.scholastic.com/idolgivesback.
Malaria Control Program of the Year: The Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative
Marketing Campaign Project of the Year: Buzz & Bites, by Firdaus Kharas
Company of the Year: Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK)
Most Innovative New Project of the Year:
Computational Biology Project, by Aviv Regev and Jill Mesirov collaborated with Johanna Daily
Malaria Advocacy Group of the Year: European Alliance Against Malaria
Global Health Advocacy Group of the Year: The CORE Group
Global Health Advocate of the Year: Nicole Bates of the Global Health Council, USA
NGO Leader of the Year: Larry Casazza, Founder, ACAM, African Communities Against Malaria
Faith-Based Leader of the Year: Pastor Rick Warren and Saddleback Church
University of the Year: Cornell University, New York, USA
Research Publication of the Year: “WHOPES and its impact on Long-lasting Insecticidal Net Availability”, by Philip Coticelli of Africa Fighting Malaria, USA and South Africa
Youngster of the Year: Catherine Bauman and the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church Youth
Game of the Year: Madness against Malaria
Scientific Database of the Year: Malaria Parasite Metabolic Pathway Database, by The Computation Authority of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and also sponsored by the BioMalPar network.
Artist/Exhibition of the Year: “Veil of Tears” and “Mosquito Coast”, by “Medicine Now”, Wellcome Library, Wellcome Trust, London, United Kingdom.
Obituaries: In 2007, we were sad to see the passing of a number of leading malaria experts, dedicated for many years with long careers in the fight to End Malaria (Ian McGregor, Brian Leslie Sharp, Stephen Kuziwa Chandiwana).
The Malaria Foundation International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been dedicated to the fight against malaria since 1992. Its mission is to facilitate the development and implementation of solutions to the health, economic and social problems caused by malaria.
Nominations for next year’s awards, representing 2008 accomplishments, are now being accepted at www.malaria.org. For more information please write to MFI@malaria.org and visit the MFI website, www.malaria.org.