Sara Canavati


APMEN Secretariat 2015-06-12 06:30 Sara is a champion promoter of malaria elimination activities in the Asia Pacific region, and particularly her project work in Cambodia with Clinical Tropical Medicine Research, Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit. Sara regularly shares her own and other colleagues photos and tweets that relay the message of 'a malaria-free Asia Pacific by 2030'. She is a great example of when technical expertise combines with advocacy for malaria elimination. Deserving of a follow! #MFAP2030 I am also a co-administrator of the Facebook page of the World Federation of Parasitologists, along with Christopher Haggarty-Weir, where I share new knowledge on malaria issues. Kindly feel free to visit the Facebook page at: In my ten years working in South East Asia, I have also try very hard to connect my colleagues to the existing sources on advocacy of malaria (especially Facebook and Twitter). I have personally invited my colleagues to the Facebook pages and twitter accounts "ISGLOBAL - Barcelona Institute for Global Health", "The Shoklo Malaria Research Unit", "Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance - APLMA", and the "APMEN". Several hundreds of my colleagues have liked and follow these pages and they say they have been greatly benefited from it. I have also added email lists from out Cambodian Research Consortium to the Malaria Elimination Initiative/Global Health Group, University of California, San Francisco updates on innovative tools for malaria elimination. These are only brief examples of what I have done . Most importantly, I have used my own Facebook page to advocate for malaria elimination and share the latests updates in the region. Most of my friends are colleagues working in malaria in the Asia Pacific. Many say that my Facebook page acts as a closed group for all of us in the Asia Pacific working in malaria to share resources relevant to our field. I have my twitter and Facebook accounts linked as well so everything I twit it also goes to my Facebook page. I strongly believe that malaria advocacy is crucial for malaria elimination- the most important parasitic disease of humans.


Adam Aspinall

2015-11-15 21:11

Sara is tireless in championing the cause of malaria elimination and it shows. Her passion, energy and endless enthusiasm shines through in her social media activities and the information she shares with the global malaria community is both timely and always informative. Sara has earned my vote and is truly a worthy recipient for this award.

Htunoo Saw

2015-11-13 07:10

We studied together and Sara is very interesting in malaria research and prevention. Working very hard. Hope she can do more work for malaria elimination in Asia region.

Patrick Smith

2015-11-13 04:26

Sara has earned my vote for her endlessly hard work. She works many hours a day in malaria elimination activities and uses her evenings to keep us all updated on malaria in Thailand and Cambodia. She posts her personal experiences, her lessons learned. Also world-leading research in the area of malaria in our region.

Thant Zin

2015-11-07 22:16

I met Sara while she worked at Thai-Burma border in order to combat deadly diseases and promote health condition among vulnerable population who have to stay along the border. She is very academic and actively carried out in Malaria elimination activities at the border.

Thet Zin

2015-11-06 20:18

Sara has used Facebook as a powerful tool to disseminate the most recent malaria elimination information. She also shares lessons learned from the past on how malaria was eliminated in many countries. I have learned a lot from her posts.

Soeng La

2015-11-06 20:00

Sara brings us, the malaria community in south east Asia, together through her Facebook page. She also shares many posts on my Facebook wall. She truly believes in malaria elimination and is always sharing information in the topic.

Tasha Smith

2015-11-06 19:47

I do not know any other person in Asia who is so passionate about social media. Sara spends her weekends researching on the latest developments and shares them in Facebook and Twitter. In her Facebook page, most of us malaria workers in South East Asia are her friends; it works as a closed group for SEA malaria updates.

Debora Cabaza

2015-11-06 19:43

Sara is a qualified researcher, implementer but most of all a passionate advocate for an Asia Pacific free of malaria. She shares the message of malaria elimination through social media. Her Facebook page is a library full of resources, news, information, and updates, important dates- all related to malaria elimination in the Asia Pacific.

Ana Licia Rios

2015-11-06 19:32

Sara is my friend and colleague and I know how hard she works in providing us information about malaria elimination in Cambodia. She has pushed the agenda of malaria elimination through the information she shares to the malaria research consortium network in Cambodia. Her endless twits and Facebook posts offer so many ideas to go after the last mile and find the last parasite.

Raksa Muth

2015-11-06 17:48

Shara puts her commitment on malaria to support Cambodia society, so she is the best one who is suitable to get Award 2015

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