ABRAHAM WORKNEH, Chairperson
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Frequently Asked Questions.
Malaria is a disease caused by a plasmodium parasite, transmitted by the bite of infected Anopheles
Yes, but it should not be. It is a curable disease. It is is a killer disease if the patient could not go
immediately the symptoms are manifested.
A tourist travelling to malarious areas is advised to take protective drugs before, during and after
their trip. The drugs should be ordered by the physicians.
Mss Maria Abdulkadir, the Wife of the Hon. Dr Abere Mihretie, when they were discussing on
the devastating Malaria burden, Maria did not like her husband blames the government for doing
nothing. Instead, she asked him what he did to his people. He immediately thought of doing
something. He then started meeting with friends and relative. We can thus call the initiators are
Maria and Abere.
In the last week of June 1998, Abere Mihretie met with Dr Yilkal Adamu, Mr Esayaas Tesfaw,
Dr Ayana Yeneabat, Mr Yigremew Adal, Mr Mekonnen Gebeyehu, Ato Mahtsentu Feleke, Mr
Getaneh Anteneh and share with them the idea of doing something to curb the epidemic and stop
killing people. So these people are the founders of Anti Malaria Association.
HDAMA has been first established following its driving idea to curb malaria epidemic. So its
established name was Anti Malaria Association (AMA). This name has been widely known.
AMA started following an integrated approach. As its focus was communicable diseases, it took
Malaria prevention and control, HIV/AIDS prevention and control, Environmental Health and
Orphan Vulnerable children care and support. Raising fund from local resources came a big
problem. Forced to look for international donors, started submitting proposals. The name did not
go with its focus areas. Completely changing the name was not accepted by the members.
Putting Health and Development as a prefix, came an appropriate major.
The first name Anti Malaria Association has been given by Dr Ayana Yeneabat and the prefix by
Hon, Dr Abere Mihretie
As it is a membership based Association, an Executive board is mandatory. The first three-year
structure had fully voluntary 14 Executive Board and 7 executive committee members. The
Executive Board members were
1. Mr Abraham Workneh (chairperson)
2. Dr Desta ALamairew
3. Dr Shibabaw Yimenu
4. Dr Bayou Chanie
5. Dr Abraham Asnake
6. Mr Mahtsentu Feleke
7. Mr Mekonnen Workie
8. Mr Shibabaw Wolle
9. Mr Simachew Mekonnen
10. Mr Ayalew Melesse
11. Mr Dilnesaw Zewdie
12. Mr Gashie Hibstie
13. Mr Tsega Kumlachew
14. Mr Getachew Desta
The Exectuve members were
1. Hon, Dr Abere Mihretie (chairperson)
2. Mr Getaneh Anteneh
3. Mr Essayas Tesfaw
4. Sister Lemlem Belay
5. Mr Tenaw Andualem
6. Dr Ayana Yeneabat
7. Mr Mekonnen Gebeyehu
Among the huge achievements in the 22 years journey, the following are the best ones
a. Identifying the problem of the devastating malaria problem and take the proper
b. Saving over 180,000 estimated lives
c. Creating a new approach to prevent and control malaria by involving the
d. Community conversation
e. School Peer education
f. Community based approach
a. Sex workers peer education program
b. School peer education program
c. Industry workers peer education program
d. OVC care and support
3. Environmental health
a. Clean water provisions
b. Foot bridge constructions
c. Pit latrine constructions
d. Biogas constructions
4. Girls education support
5. Youth center and library constructions
It is in Ethiopia. The fund and the donors interest can limit the specific implementation areas.
HDAMA has been implementing different project in whole regions of Ethiopian like Malaria
awareness program, Climate and Health, Swim for Malaria and Guinee Warm. Orphans support
are in Amhara and Addis Ababa. Malaria SBCC, and SRH projects