Reference : V-P-VE-E-00168
Date : 03/07/2019
Country/Region : VENEZUELA
Caption : Bolivar, El Callao. Distribution of mosquito nets to the population of Parque Agrario, as part of the preventive activities within the ICRC malaria Emergency Response.
Photographer : BASTIDAS GIL, Carly
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC web site, photo gallery of 20.08.2019: Let's beat malaria together! Responding to the most urgent needs of the population

Rosa's children share a hammock, but she has to sleep in a different one, without her husband. "We don't all fit into one," she explained to the staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) when they asked her how many mosquito nets she needed for her family. Living in an area with a high density of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, knowing her family are protected while they rest has been a great relief for Rosa. In El Callao, southern Venezuela, the ICRC have undertaken a number of initiatives to tackle malaria in the Bolívar municipality that has the second highest number of malaria cases. “My husband is a miner, and I also work in mining sometimes. That is why we cannot afford to get sick; if we get malaria, our children will have nothing to eat,” she told us.
Venezuela has suffered an increase in the number of people diagnosed with malaria in recent years, a problem that concerns everyone. In high transmission areas, such as the state of Bolívar in the south of the country, the International Red Cross Movement is responding to the problem in cooperation with local health authorities. This response includes, among other measures, distributing 50,000 mosquito nets in the municipality of El Callao; training members of the community in rapid diagnostic tests for malaria and health promotion; experts from different state health entities conducting the first entomological research; and supporting fourteen Diagnostic and Treatment Centres in the area, thanks to which over 20,000 malaria patients have been treated.
Resolution : 4032x3024
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour