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Old 12-16-2012, 10:15 PM   #8
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Motivation:
Every 60 seconds, a child in Africa dies of malaria. According to the World Health Organization, 216 million people suffered from malaria in 2010; 655,000 of them died, and 85 percent of the dead were children under 5 years old. Innocent children are dying of a disease that can be prevented and cured.

Project Description & Objectives:
We will document our experiences meeting malaria patients, health workers and caregivers across Africa in order to increase malaria awareness among young professionals in developed and developing countries. We will use our background in the healthcare industry to help drive innovation, expand mutual knowledge-sharing and help achieve malaria elimination.

Strategy:
We will travel across Africa on a motorcycle, visiting rural villages, health clinics and health organizations. We will contact media channels as we travel to share the lessons learned and to publicize an online platform that enables knowledge-sharing, facilitates research and promotes constructive debate to drive innovation at www.researchmalaria.com

Journey Overview:
The Ride for Malaria starts in January 2013. We will travel across 11 countries in Africa, from Cape Town to Cairo. The trip will last approximately 6 months or more, depending on funding.

Riders:
Salvador Carlucci and Tarciana Caricio grew up in developing countries and were fortunate to advance both academically and professionally overseas. We both have worked in the healthcare industry. We are grateful for the opportunities life has given us and feel compelled to give back to a cause we believe in.

The bike:
A BMW F800GS built in 2008. It was used by the dealer as a demo bike and I bought it in 2009. Since then I've used it for a few rides in preparation to the Ride for Malaria. Below is a picture of a trip to Tunisia where I got to play in the Sahara Dessert.

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