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Reference : V-P-CF-E-00686
Date : 11/2011
Caption : Haut-Mbomou prefecture, Obo. The ICRC launched an early-treatment programme for malaria. Ten inhabitants of the town, known as "distributors," were trained to diagnose and treat the disease.
Photographer : HERBY, Christopher
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Here, one of the patients rests in her mother's arms.

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.

The drop of blood is analysed in this "mini laboratory", which shows the results in just 15 minutes. Early treatment means better treatment. It often prevents any potentially fatal complications.
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Resolution : 2799x4200
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour