“At first, I completely had no idea about motorcycle riding. I never even rode a bicycle! …But with determination, I told myself I was going to go for it and make it!” — Linley Luwayo Nutrition Coordinator, Salima District When four nutrition coordinators working on a short-term relief project in Malawi learned that they would be conducting supervisory site visits, they might not have considered that becoming a licensed motorcycle driver would be part of the job description.

There is growing recognition that health plays a key role in stabilizing and rebuilding the world’s most troubled nations—those that have been ravaged by years of conflict, disease, poverty, and natural disasters.In times of crisis, health systems are battered by violence, poor governance, lack of funding, and loss of infrastructure. Where people no longer have access to adequate health services, mortality and morbidity rates increase dramatically.At MSH we believe that, despite the challenges, societies can move forward and health can be made a top priority.

This story is part one of a three-part series written in commemoration of Africa Malaria Day 2006. This year's Africa Malaria Day theme is "Get your ACT Together" - referring to ACT (artemisinin-based combination therapy), the most, and sometimes only effective treatment for malaria.ACTs are a cornerstone of case management, one of the three-prongs of global malaria control.