THE DRIVE AGAINST MALARIA FOUNDATION
DAM combats malaria by delivering mosquito nets and treatments to patients suffering from the disease in the remotest places
More than 500,000 people die each year from the dreaded disease while it is preventable and curable. However, the medicines and materials used to combat malaria do not reach the isolated people. In particular, populations living in remote areas are completely deprived of medical care due to poor infrastructure or continued political instability. The malaria situation is the most dire in these areas. We support these population groups with effective treatment therapies, diagnostics, prevention, medication, provide local training and set up aid stations.
Drive Against Malaria Foundation has been active in 32 African countries since 1988, with over 450 sustainable projects in extremely isolated regions in Cameroon, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Angola, Namibia and Zambia. The projects are led by the Dutch branch of the Foundation and carried out together with locally established aid centers in African countries. The activities are supervised by DAM Bureaus in the United Kingdom (London), Belgium (Antwerp), the Netherlands (Amsterdam) and the United States (New York) with national project teams. The projects in Africa are coordinated from Country Offices in Cameroon and Namibia.
Philanthropist, Founder, and Chairman David Robertson forms partnerships with the World Health Organization, Roll Back Malaria, United Nations, Ministers of Health and Presidents of African countries. Drive Against Malaria is the world's first aid organization to engage in the fight against malaria. Robertson is the initiator of 'World Malaria Day' and has hundreds of organizations, such as the Bill Gates Foundation, to combat malaria. Co-founder Julia E. Samuël has been involved with the organization since 1999 and was appointed Director of Special Operations Africa in 2007. Samuel is involved in field research, malaria prevention, control, training and treatment.
The project countries and regions in Africa are selected on the basis of the following criteria: severely high malaria mortality and risk; national malaria control policy in accordance with the internationally accepted standards of the World Health Organization; national capacity to implement such a policy; willingness to fight malaria disease together with Drive Against Malaria Foundation and involvement of international donors and partners.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, where countries are provided with insecticide-treated mosquito nets, improved diagnostic tests, effective medicines and local training, the mortality rate among children under the age of five has fallen sharply from 1,000,000 to 500,000 a year. The risk of malaria is decreasing and it is clear that the cumulative efforts of the President of Drive Against Malaria (DAM) and his teams, national governments and many partners are functioning. DAM's modernized techniques and funds (from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, United States and the Middle East) have played an important role in this remarkable progress.
The aid organization was launched in 1988. Founder David Robertson finds 32 African countries where malaria claims hundreds of thousands of lives. Malaria epidemics take dramatic forms due to the lack of specific malaria treatment, medicines, diagnosis and protection. Malaria has catastrophic consequences for the population and African families lose on average four to five children. It is time for urgent world attention to increase aid for the dreaded disease and to reduce the mortality rate of malaria by 50% in the highest-risk countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Every minute 3 children die from the deadly disease but there is no help for the affected malaria victims. If action is not taken immediately, the contours of a disaster affecting millions of people will unfold.
1988 - Times Square - New York
The African population in malaria risk areas are completely left to their own devices. The facts are undeniable. It is astonishing that no organization has malaria on the agenda. Robertson goes 'Around the globe' and calls on the world to give malaria urgent attention. In the United States, Robertson is received in New York with Times Square publicity. The international media is responding to Robertson's call with publications about malaria red in Africa. Robertson receives partnership from the World Health Organization in Geneva and the United Nations. In addition to essential global awareness campaigns, Drive Against Malaria provides effective assistance to vulnerable populations in Africa.
Co-Founder Julia Samuël
In 1999, Philanthropist & Co-Founder Julia Samuël joined the British aid organization. The organization also gains a foundation in the Netherlands with the Drive Against Malaria Foundation. In the Netherlands, England, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, DAM's work is further publicized through TV documentaries by RTL and Channel-4. In African countries, Robertson and Samuel are committed to further developing Drive Against Malaria into a relief organization with more than 450 projects that reaches more than 100,000 malaria infected children each year, who cannot survive malaria without treatment. The organization is managed from Amsterdam with dozens of enthusiastic professionals. Drive Against Malaria offers assistance in Senegal, Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Ruwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola, Gabon, the Congo and the Central African Republic.
Today, Drive Against Malaria is an aid organization that has now distributed 6,454,000 protective nets, saved 4,549,000 lives, provides effective ACT medication and RDT diagnostics. Knowledge transfer is essential in the fight against malaria. With training and education, the local population is able to protect themselves against the disease, now and in the future. Thanks to this "independence strategy", aid does not fall apart. As a result, Drive Against Malaria has brought malaria under control in dozens of working areas in Africa. Where unnecessary child mortality no longer occurs today.\
Collaborate with WHO and UN
Drive Against Malaria works closely with the World Health Organization and the United Nations in African countries. UN planes are used for the transport of interventions. This allows us to realize large projects: 27,000 mosquito nets and 10,000 malaria treatments in Angola, 760,000 nets in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders visited this project in war-stricken Kivu.
Drive Against Malaria is currently active in west, central and southern Africa and provides more than 450 sustainable programs to combat malaria. Thousands of children are treated every year, so that they heal quickly. We provide medicines, protection and training for the local population. This allows the children and their families to survive.