NEWS: Malaria Consortium photographer wins award18 December 2009
William Daniels, a professional photographer who has covered the work of Malaria Consortium twice in Africa, has been awarded the 2009 Photo Philanthropy Excellence Prize.
Daniel’s photographs were shot at Malaria Consortium field programmes in Kano state, Nigeria and in Gula and Masindi in Uganda.
“As a photographer working on malaria on a long-term basis, Malaria Consortium and I naturally got in touch and collaborated together. Twice, I covered their work in Africa. First, in Northern Uganda where the organisation is fighting malaria, notably in camps for internally displaced people, who have been displaced by 20 years of war,” said Daniels. “Then I went to northern Nigeria, where Malaria Consortium, through SuNMaP (Support to National Malaria Program), is leading a huge, free universal mosquito net distributions campaign. Over 60 million long lasting insecticidal nets are being distributed to every household in Nigeria, protecting millions of lives from malaria.
“Our collaborations previously resulted in an advocacy exhibition in London and a book ‘Mauvais Air’, featuring 2 years of work on malaria, including the part done with Malaria Consortium.”
William’s photos fulfill what PhotoPhilanthropy judge Sandra Phillips called “a really fresh approach.” Along with other winning photos, William’s portfolio contributes to the global reach of photography and highlights the efforts that non-profit organisations including Malaria Consortium make to better so many lives.
Malaria is one of the leading causes of death and disease worldwide, especially in the developing world. Malaria causes over one million deaths each year, mostly children under five and pregnant women: every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria. In some countries, the disease accounts for up to 40% of public health expenditure and 50% of hospital admissions.
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