World Malaria Day is celebrated on April 25.
The photographer Alfons Rodríguez has travelled to Mozambique to share with us the life of Rosa and her contribution to the fight against malaria.
Photos: Alfons Rodríguez
Text: Adelaida Sarukhan / Alfons Rodríguez / Beatriz Fiestas
In 2016, there were 216 million cases of malaria worldwide. Of the 445,000 deaths, most (91%) occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. The spread of insecticide-resistant mosquitoes and drug-resistant parasites, as well as the stagnation in funding for the fight against the disease, jeopardise the progress made over the last decades and underscore the importance of eliminating the disease.
The CISM was born more than 20 years ago. Since then, it has become a center of reference for malaria research. In its insectary, new vector control tools can be evaluated: bed nets treated with different insecticides, chemicals in the pipeline, or old drugs with mosquito-killing effect (ivermectin).