Malaria: Killer Number One
(20 minutes) Ethiopia/Kenya
Director/Producer: IRIN Films
Malaria claims three million lives every year worldwide, most of them in the countries south of the Sahara. Among the places hardest hit is Ethiopia. Here malaria can wipe out the lives of hundreds of thousands of villagers, mainly women and children, in a single epidemic.
Set against the backdrop of a global broadcast media focused on ever-decreasing circles, IRIN launched a film unit in 2004 aimed at promoting the plight of vulnerable people trapped in forgotten humanitarian emergencies. In its two years of operation, the IRIN Film Unit has made significant strides towards creating better awareness and understanding of these humanitarian crises. To date, IRIN has produced twelve short documentaries and more than a dozen news cut packages, which have been freely distributed to a growing database of broadcasters, advocacy groups and humanitarian actors. A wide range of pressing humanitarian issues have been addressed, including most recently, malaria in Africa, Nepalís ongoing civil conflict, HIV/AIDS around Lake Victoria, and Nigerís food crisis.
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