On 25 April 2013, World Malaria Day will be marked worldwide. Malaria Consortium is helping to recognise the global effort to defeat malaria with the launch this week of Adam Nadel’s photographic exhibition Malaria: blood, sweat, and tears – at the Development and Cooperation Directorate General within the EU Commission in Brussels and online at www.malariatears.org.
Despite significant progress having been made in combatting malaria in recent years and a one-third reduction in malaria deaths within the last decade in Africa alone, malaria remains a leading cause of death among young children.
Highlighted by the WHO, there is a significant shortfall in funding. In order to fund malaria control plans and provide mosquito nets, medicines and rapid diagnostic tests for malaria in Africa from 2013 - 2015, a further $3.6 billion is needed. This is in addition to $4.4 billion already mobilised by African governments and international partners.
To avoid a resurgence of malaria in regions where enormous progress has already been made and to continue working toward elimination, there needs to be commitment to sustained support and investment.
The exhibition, which draws attention to these issues, was conceived and produced by Malaria Consortium with award-winning photographer Adam Nadel. The aim is to highlight the complex relationship between malaria and poverty. The exhibition is supported by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and will be on display at the EU Commission’s La Galleria from 24 April – 31 May.
Notes to Editors:
Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organizations dedicated to the comprehensive control of malaria and other communicable diseases in Africa and Southeast Asia. Malaria Consortium works with communities, government and non-government agencies, academic institutions, and local and international organizations, developing sustainable systems and good evidence to support delivery of effective services. The organisation works at the interface between research and implementation, practice and policy, and health systems and disease control.
Caption for photograph: ”I get bitten many times at night. I get sick five times a year, I think. When I get sick, I stay in bed. I am not lying in my bed; this is not my mosquito net. I do not use a mosquito net. We only have one and there’s no place for me.” Allen Namawejje, Uganda
Allen Namawejje does not use a mosquito net. But other members of her family do. Many households, due to extreme poverty, are forced to prioritize who will receive both malaria treatment and preventative devices. Those who receive mosquito nets, food and medication are more likely to survive, and gender and age are often the determining factors when parents make these unfortunate decisions.
If you would like to use a high resolution version of this image please contact Michelle Davis on firstname.lastname@example.org. Photograph © Adam Nadel for Malaria Consortium (one-time usage by June 1, 2013, only in reference to the following site - www.malariaconsortium.org/tears).
Sources: WHO World Malaria Report 2012, Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership
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