When Humanity Cherish You Your Heart Desire

Have you ever heard of those times when people used to bury an average of 12 bodies in one church graveyard? There is a history of people who have lost not one or two but seven of their loved ones in a matter of few months. Painful scenes such as one forced to carry corpses on a cart were also common. In the 1990’s these and similar traumatic events were common in the north and other parts of Ethiopia, and it’s all because of the deadliest killer MALARIA.

HDAMA founder and Executive Director, Abere Mihrete (Hon. Dr) and people around him were the main witness of similar heart breaking scenes. What he saw with naked eyes and the terrible stories he heard were unbearable. It was at this point that mankind came to action by those with good hearts to stop the dying mass.

It took them few days for Abere and the people around him to get together and create the old Anti Malaria Association, and now the HDAMA. In the first movement they were able to raise over 500 thousand Birr of individuals and organizations. The biggest challenge they faced when contacting communities were the poor perception of malaria and the lack of the anti-malarial medicines. The Association led by Abere with the FDRE Ministry of Health was able to mobilize volunteers and travel to the villages to protect themselves from the murderous killer of the time. The Association then expanded the support and began providing the appropriate medicines and community-based services. With all these and other extensive efforts, the Association has reached millions and saved hundreds of thousands of people who were suffering and dying from malaria.

Winning the trust of its beneficiaries, partners, stakeholders, members and volunteers, the HDAMA has now stretched its bottom cause of malaria, to global development of health and environmental concerns. Now, it is the time to return to all these 25 years of humanitarian files. We are here to thank our supporters, to review our history, to reflect the challenges we have faced and to share our accomplishments. Above all, we are celebrating our anniversary here to reach the communities most affected and prepare a better future, mainly from the help we are getting from all of you!

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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

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Among the huge achievements in the 22 years journey, the following are the best ones
1. Malaria
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