Malaria is one of those back-burner diseases for most people who live in the Global North. Our day-to-day lives aren’t impacted by it; in fact, in 1951, it was eradicated from the United States. When we travel to countries that are still grappling with the disease, we can pop a pill, slather on repellant, and sleep under a mosquito net.
These images remind us, however, that for the millions of people living in Sub-Sahara Africa and South Asia, malaria threatens not only their livelihood but their lives. More than half a million people—primarily children under five living in Sub-Sahara Africa and South Asia—die from the disease. There also is an incredible loss of income and productivity associated with the disease—$12 billion USD alone in Africa.
Although Zawadisha provides insecticide treated mosquito nets to all of our members as a strategy to save lives, we realize that nets are not enough. We have seen first hand what happens when a family member contracts the disease. Mothers stay home to take care of children, they aren’t able run their businesses, income is diverted to pay for treatment, or worse—sometimes that isn’t enough and a life is lost.
The problem with current approaches is that there is a lack of diversity; we are relying on a small number of tools and treatments. If one fails, it could prove to be disastrous. We need to apply the principles of resiliency to this global challenge. Rather than looking for one solution, we need many that are responsive to variances such as changes in funding, drug resistant strains, and community needs.
The good news is that there are individuals, foundations, corporations, and countries coming together as a global community around this issue. Together, we will eradicate malaria.
Original post by dynamicafrica:
Harandane Dicko’s series ‘The Mosquito Net’:
"The Mosquito Net" is a black-and-white intimate photographic series by Malian photographer Harandane Dicko in which he uses the mosquito net, an every day object familial object in the lives of many Africans living in malaria-prone regions, and turns into a veil - an artistic tool to demonstrate the fragility of life.