11-26-2007, 08:21 PM
Experienced offroaders for ground support on an expedition through Zambia and Mozambique. Approx 2 months in 2008. All or a portion of it. At the bottom of the links page you will find more information.
This should be challenging, besides extremely interesting.
02-09-2008, 03:19 AM
This link does not work... I'm interested in reading more about this.
...hope you bring Land Mine Detectors!
02-13-2008, 08:12 PM
Link is repaired.
The expedition has a lot of publicity. They will be filming for a one hour documentary. They start near the end of March as close as possible to the source of the Zambezi River. Then scheduled to arrive in Livingstone for World Malaria Day- April 25th- before continuing down the river.
Remember- you all had a crack at joining a real African expedition and adventure.
02-20-2008, 02:50 PM
Is there funding for air travel from the States?
02-21-2008, 12:36 AM
The expedition team is set to go. Today in Joburg was the first press briefing. Tomorrow or Friday will be another in Lusaka, I believe.
02-21-2008, 01:07 AM
Very cool Robbie! Be sure to keep us posted on how it goes. I doubt any news would get stateside otherwise.
02-21-2008, 07:46 AM
World Malaria Day
Its unfortunate that no one from Expedition Portal could participate.
02-27-2008, 11:14 PM
Fighting Malaria on the “River of Life”
Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition
29th March 2008 – 31st May 2008
The Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition
On 29th March 2008, the Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition will launch into a two months voyage on the Zambezi river to showcase successes and highlight challenges associated with the fight against malaria across the six countries of the Trans-Zambezi region. By exposing the difficulties of delivering prevention and treatment tools in Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition will demonstrate that only a coordinated cross-border action can force the disease to recoil and turn the lifeline of southern Africa into a “River of Life” for those threatened by malaria.
Traveling down river through six countries, the Zambezi Expedition will help to voice each country’s unique story of struggle and success while rallying government and public support for a common Zambezi-wide malaria control strategy that is currently in the making.
Countries in the Trans-Zambezi region have successfully implemented and are continuing to strengthen their malaria control programs. Yet for communities cut off from effective malaria protection and treatment by geographical barriers, conflict, or lack of infrastructure and resources, life remains difficult and precarious. Indeed, illness from this preventable and treatable disease causes loss of income and productivity on a scale large enough to slow a country’s economic growth by as much as 1.3% per year.
MALARIA - The lethal disease that holds back southern Africa
The Zambezi, winding for 2500 kilometers between stunning cliffs, majestic vistas and fertile lowlands, is the lifeline of southern Africa. Yet both development and tourism are being held hostage to malaria, a disease that kills over one million people a year, most of them in Africa.
After two years of preparation, Expedition Organizers Helge Bendl and Andy Leemann are partnering with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, six countries from the Southern African Development Community, non-profit institutions and private companies to put a spotlight on the plight of malaria-stricken communities in Africa, suffering 90 percent of the global annual death toll.
Promoting cross-border cooperation to turn the Zambezi into the “River of Life”
The expedition crew, accompanied by local medical personnel, community workers and media teams, will meet river communities in each country to diagnose malaria cases, deliver immediate relief and engage the local population in the fight against malaria.
Engaging remote communities and calling for concerted cross-border
The crew’s provisions and resources are small compared to the enormity of the problem they are meant to alleviate. No single crew, however well-meaning, and no single government, however committed, could win alone the fight against this resilient disease. By exposing the successes and challenges facing each of the six countries’ national malaria control programs, whether in promoting prevention or in delivering treatment tools, the Zambezi Expedition will demonstrate the need for coordinated cross-border action to force malaria to recoil.
Five countries in the region are developing a joint action plan and a proposal for an increased coverage of populations at risk. If successful, the proposal will receive financial assistance from the Global Fund, the world’s largest financier of malaria control programs, and help relieve the heavy burden of malaria in the Trans-Zambezi region.
Showcasing success and helping understand challenges
To raise public and donor support for future cross-country initiatives, the Zambezi Expedition will narrate stories of triumph of the kind that come to life when political commitment is backed by expertise and funding.
One such cross-border project, covering parts of Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland decreased malaria cases in the Lubombo region by 82 percent in four years - a success that paints a brighter future for the new Zambezi-wide initiative.
Footage captured during the Zambezi Expedition will illustrate the complex challenges and daunting obstacles that malaria control workers are facing daily. It will show how cross-border movement, lack of health facilities, an overburdened health workforce and missing infrastructure obstruct and delay the delivery of malaria prevention and treatment to those who need them most.
Highly mobile in nature, the mosquitoes that transmit the lethal malaria parasites to humans can spread the disease from malaria-endemic countries to malaria-free ones. By showing how malaria is transmitted across national borders, the Expedition will bring home the need for close cross-border collaboration among countries in the region.
Advocating for renewed commitment to fight malaria: taking the story to the media
The Zambezi Expedition will help to voice each country’s unique story of struggle and success and project them to national and international media outlets to spread awareness of both the problem and its solutions and to alert the donor community of areas where action is most urgently needed.
The Trans-Zambezi region in brief: Progress and Challenges
Zambia - A large proportion of the country's population is protected by nets and spraying measures. Coverage with artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) is the highest in Africa. Pregnant women have wide access to anti-malaria prevention. Delivering commodities and services to remote river communities, however, remains a major challenge.
Angola - Health care systems in Angola have suffered severe damages due to 27 years of civil war. As a result, 70% of the population has poor or no access to government health facilities and malaria commodities. Malaria accounts for 35% of mortality among children under the age of five.
Namibia and Botswana - Namibia and Botswana are almost malaria-free except for an area around the Zambezi river and border regions. Elimination of malaria in the two countries would greatly enhance tourism and economic development in the Zambezi corridor, which is famous for its agriculture and tourist attractions.
Zimbabwe - Ongoing economic difficulties are obstructing malaria control efforts in a country which had historically made much progress in the fight against the disease.
Mozambique - 99 per cent of the population in Mozambique is at risk of contracting malaria. Regular flooding of the Zambezi compounds the malaria problem. There is a need to expand spraying, increase use of long lasting nets and improve coordination.
About the partners
Roll Back Malaria Partnership
The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) provides cohesive and comprehensive support to countries burdened by malaria and leads advocacy campaigns to raise awareness of malaria at the global, regional, national and community levels and mobilizes resources for malaria control and research.
Helge Bendl, a CNN awarded journalist, and Andy Leemann (RIB Expedition S.L.), who has planned river expeditions on the Amazon, Mekong and Orinoco, will lead the Expedition and navigate the river with their crew, medical personnel and media teams on board four inflatable boats, supported by land vehicles.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) was set up to harmonize and coordinate policies of member countries to achieve collective self-reliance and improve the living standards of the people of the region. SADC Member States are Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
ExxonMobil, Malaria No More, Medicines for Malaria Venture, Nets for Life, Novartis, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.
The Zambezi Expedition has received in kind support from the following suppliers: Bestard, GD Itronix, Nautica Reynes, Imnasa, International Paint, Lalizas, MACS, MarineTrack, Marinepool, Premier Auto Benoni, Waeco, Yacht Center Palma, Zodiac.
02-27-2008, 11:17 PM
Tracks4Africa has supplied them with their most uptodate digital maps. They are hoping that the expedition will be able to supply T4A with accurate recordings of the length of the Zambezi River. This would also be added to the Google Earth layers.
02-27-2008, 11:20 PM
Is anyone going to Africa and looking to do something constructive while overlanding in Africa? There is another project starting up.
02-29-2008, 04:29 AM
Will be there this summer. June, possibly part of July. What do you have?
02-29-2008, 07:06 AM
Its probably best I direct you to the website.
And you should read this also.
If I get a chance to breakaway, this is what I would be doing in the parts of Africa I love.
Tracks4Africa, which I have been an active contributor in for the past couple years and have started a destination webpage (Zambia) for them has gotten behind this too.
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