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Reference : V-P-CF-E-00681
Date : 11/2011
Caption : Haut-Mbomou prefecture, Obo. This little girl was treated through the early treatment ICRC programme for malaria. Three days after experiencing the first symptoms, she had a smile on her face again, as did her mother.
Photographer : HERBY, Christopher
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, Photo gallery, 11-01-2012

Central African Republic: silent scourge – fighting malaria

Malaria is the number one cause of death in the Central African Republic. The ICRC has been carrying out a pilot project to tackle this scourge since September 2011 in Obo, in the south-east of the country. The idea is simple: diagnose the disease at the first sign of symptoms, administer anti-malarial drugs and provide medical care throughout the treatment, without it costing the patient anything. In three months, this programme has proved that early treatment of malaria drastically reduces the mortality rate. Scroll through this photo gallery to find out more about the region, which is also plagued by endemic poverty and violence linked to the presence of the Lord's Resistance Army.

In just over two months, the team of ICRC distibutors in Obo conducted 2,500 consultations and treated more than 1,500 patients.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 2508x3762
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour