Sarah Kline was recruited to set up Malaria No More UK in November 2008. She is responsible for the strategy and financial management of the organization, managing the MNMUK team, and managing relations with key funders; she also leads their high-level influencing activities.
Prior to joining Malaria No More UK, Sarah worked for the Department for International Development running the Millennium Development Goal ‘Call to Action’ campaign on behalf of the Prime Minister’s office. Sarah previously worked with the ministerial team at DFID coordinating their communications, and prior to that spent a year with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as head of Public Affairs and Internal Communications.
Sarah worked for Oxfam for five years as head of UK and EU relations, coordinating G8 lobbying campaigns for Oxfam International. In 2005, Sarah led the MakePovertyHistory campaign’s lobbying strategy. Prior to joining Oxfam, Sarah spent a number of years with the World Bank in the United States and the UK working on government and other stakeholder relations. She started her career in the private sector, working for a lobbying firm in Washington D.C. that represented foreign governments and multinationals.
“I joined Malaria No More UK in December 2008 when I was asked by the board to set up the charity. I was excited to take on the role, because there was already such an inspiring mix of people involved in tackling malaria—from the science and medical community, to politicians and faith leaders. And we know we can stop people suffering and dying from malaria. It is incredibly motivating to be part of such an energetic and positive effort to make a difference to people’s lives. Last year I had the privilege of helping make a BBC documentary film in Ghana about Jo Yirrell, whose son tragically caught malaria and died. During the filming we met a lot of people who had also lost relatives, and we visited a hospital where mothers watched over their tiny children who were suffering from malaria. It was heart-breaking. But we also met those who had been successfully treated and others who were protecting themselves using bed nets and spray. My own sister had malaria when she was teaching in Kenya, so I know it can happen to anyone—and how important it is to prevent and treat it. I feel really lucky to be part of a global movement to help make a difference and to stop this needless suffering and death.”
August 22, 2011 / Sarah Kline
On August 20, Malaria No More UK joined partners in marking World Mosquito Day. The day marks the historic discovery 114 years ago by British doctor Ronald Ross that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans.
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