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.


Alessandro Lauria

2015-07-22 05:33

I learned of Ms. Canavati from social media and now follow her. Her work inspires me to continue on with my project and gives me hope of one day having a world free of malaria! Alessandro Lauria - Founder - Malaria Defense Project

Sandra Kotzor

2015-07-20 23:47

Sara's Facebook updates have brought me into contact with Malaria research that I had never really heard about before and have made me want to support the work she does in any way possible. Her posts about new developments and the insight she provides into her work are both inspiring and humbling. I think she thoroughly deserves this recognition for bringing important issues to the attention of a very wide and diverse audience.

Hellen Joes

2015-07-20 16:24

Dr Canavati has inspired me through her tweets and her Facebook page. Most of the people in her Facebook page are part of the malaria community in the Asia-Pacific. She uses her personal account to keep us together and well informed not only of the malaria issues that affect our region but those worldwide. I feel part of a bigger community being a friend of her in Facebook. Truly an inspiration.

Pornpimon Adams

2015-07-20 16:21

Sara has passion and dedicated to malaria and mankind.

Marta Cardona

2015-07-20 16:08

I strongly endorse Sara Canavati for her dedication and hard work to find a solution for the Malaria. For me is a privilege to endorse her.

Jessica Taylor

2015-07-20 13:49

Sara believes in the power of social media to convince all kinds of audiences that malaria elimination in the Asia Pacific is fully possible.

Abdel Amari

2015-07-20 12:55

Sara daily uses Twitter and Facebook to disseminate news about malaria and its control and elimination in the Asia Pacific. She is a fan of social media and believes social media is a powerful advocacy tool for malaria elimination . She deserves this award. No doubt.

Hasmik Tamamyan

2015-07-20 05:24

A quick glance at Sara's Facebook profile shows just how hard this young woman has been working towards her dream of a world free of malaria. She has been effectively using social media to communicate their daily struggle and success stories. What is more, she reports all her stories with a big smile on her face reaffirming her passion and commitment to never give up. Way to go, dear Sara!

Choon Siang Tang

2015-07-20 03:46

Sara is a passionate, hardworking and dedicated malaria control researcher. I am always kept updated about malaria works through her Facebook posts.

Britt Haller

2015-07-20 01:08

Sara has been an inspiration to me in my medical studies. Since being generously welcomed by Sara for a placement in Pailin, Sara's prolific promotion of research and achievements in the fight against Malaria awareness on social media serves to turn my study breaks into inspiring reminders of a greater purpose to my studies. Sara pours all of her energy into this passion and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of recognition in this award!

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