This Rotary year the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill was the primary sponsor of the Walk Against Malaria organized by the SAWA International Convention.   

On Saturday, May 25, 2013, members of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill club joined other in the District of Columbia to walk 2.2 miles from Galvez Park, near the U.S. State Department to Lafayette Park, across from the White House, to help raise awareness of the impact of Malaria on the global population in general and the African population specifically.   

According to the World Health Organization's 2012 World Malaria Report, Malaria is a preventable and treatable mosquito-borne disease, whose main victims are children under five years of age in Africa.  The World Health Organization estimates that there were about 219 million cases of Malaria in 2010 and an estimated 660,000 deaths from Malaria. Africa is the most affected continent: about 90% of all malaria deaths occur in Africa. 

 

In 2012, the SAWA International Convention served 363,900 individuals with Malaria and of those served approximately 250,000 were children under the age of five.  According to the SAWA International Convention 1 in 5 childhood deaths are cause by Malaria in Africa and 10,000 pregnant women and 200,000 infants die from Malaria in Africa each year. The SAWA International Convention estimates that Malaria costs African governments more than $12 Billion lost GDP every year.    

For more information on the Africa Free of Malaria initiative, contact the Rotarian Yvonne Carr and/or the organizers of the SAWA International Convention @ http://www.sawaicon.org/.