Malaria: Blood, Sweat & Tears - Photo Exhibition Highlighting Fight Against Malaria in Abu Dhabi

date: 09 May 2014

(5 May 2014; Abu Dhabi, UAE) Following World Malaria Day (recognized annually on 25 April), the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) and the UAE Ministry of International Cooperation & Development will host the Malaria: Blood, Sweat & Tears photo exhibition at the Emirates Palace (Etihad Ballroom) in Abu Dhabi from 5-18 May. Developed by renowned photographer Adam Nadel, the exhibition highlights successes against malaria thanks to the generosity of international donors like the UAE, which is the largest financial supporter of RBM.

Including images from some of the countries with the highest malaria burden in the world like Nigeria, Uganda and Cambodia, Malaria: Blood, Sweat & Tears exhibition transports the viewer to a world where the tiny bite of a mosquito can – and does – unnecessarily cause sickness, death and economic despair on often already struggling communities. Through the exhibition, photographer Adam Nadel aims to highlight the complex relationship between malaria and poverty, and the need for international support to combat the disease.

The images provide highly personal stories of the physical, emotional, economic and scientific spectrum of malaria, illustrating the impact of the disease on families, health workers, malaria researchers and local communities. The collection was developed to show the history of the disease, its devastating effect, and the science that underpins a positive way forward.

Malaria: Blood, Sweat and Tears was first launched for World Malaria Day 2010 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Since then, the exhibition has been viewed by more than 2 million people in communities all over the world to great public acclaim.

Produced under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H. General Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the exhibition will be officially inaugurated in Abu Dhabi on 5 May by H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of International Cooperation & Development, and H.R.H Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative of RBM.

QUOTE: Sheikha Lubna – UAE commitment to malaria and importance of showing the exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

Following its official inauguration, Malaria: Blood, Sweat & Tears will remain open to the public daily through 18 May (10:00 am – 10:00 pm) in the Emirates Palace – Etihad Ballroom (W. Corniche Rd., Abu Dhabi). Free admission.

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About Malaria

With stronger coordination under RBM partners and technical guidance by the World Health Organization (WHO), and increased international financing for malaria, malaria interventions have been scaled-up at unprecedented levels. According to the World Health Organization, malaria death rates have decreased by approximately 42% globally and 49% in Africa alone since 2000, contributing to a 20% reduction in global child mortality and helping drive progress against other development targets. Collective efforts have helped avert an estimated 3.3 million deaths between 2001 and 2012 – the majority of which were children under the age of five, and 69% of which were in the 10 countries with the highest malaria burden in 2000.

Despite these advances, almost half of the world’s population remains at risk from malaria, with an estimated 207 million cases of infection around the world each year and 627,000 deaths. Around the world, a child still dies from malaria every minute. Nearly half of all cases of malaria occur in predominantly Muslim countries belonging to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). While there has been progress in these countries, 12 OIC countries are among the 20 most malaria-affected countries, accounting for nearly 80% of global cases. In Africa, where 90% of all malaria-related deaths still occur, malaria burden is predominantly focused in the 23 OIC countries in the region.

Increased financing will be critical to further advancements, as current international and domestic financing for malaria of US $2.5 billion in 2012 amounts to less than half of the US $5.1 billion RBM estimates is needed annually through 2020 to achieve universal coverage of malaria control interventions.

About the Relationship Between the UAE & The Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM)

In 2010, upon the directives of H.H. General Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the United Arab Emirates joined global efforts to combat malaria through a grant donation of AED 91.25 million (US $25 million), over 5 years (2010-2014) to support the work of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. The financial support of the UAE to RBM specifically supports the scale-up of malaria control worldwide for greater contribution toward the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. The grant, which will finish at the end of 2014, has been administered by the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi on behalf of the UAE, which signed the agreement with RBM and has subsequently disbursed AED 18.4 million (US $5 million) each year to the partnership.

About Adam Nadel

The work of renowned photographer Adam Nadel has received top honors in national and international photojournalism and art photography contests, been exhibited in solo exhibitions in galleries and museums globally, and has been used in international campaigns for human rights, disease prevention, and habitat protection. He has been a professional photographer since 1992, and freelance since 1999, after leaving a Staff Photographer position at the Associated Press to pursue more meaningful independent photographic work.

Honors and awards include: First Prize at World Press Photo (Sports Feature 2003, Portrait Story 2004); First Place at Pictures of the Year International (News Picture Story 2002, Campaign Picture Story 2004, Portrait Story 2010, and Judges’ Special Recognition World Understanding Award 2010), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography (2006); a Pulitzer Nomination; New York Times – The Face and Voice of Civilian Sacrifice in Iraq (2006); first prize at the Project Competition at the Santa Fe’s Centre (2006); and a Magnum Foundation Emergency Grant and National Science Foundation funding (2012), among others.

About the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM)

RBM was founded by UNICEF, WHO, UNDP and the World Bank in 1998 as a global framework to coordinate global action against malaria. Today, RBM is a global public-private partnership made up of more than 500 organizations across sectors that provides a neutral platform for consensus-building, developing solutions to challenges in the implementation of malaria control interventions and strategies, promotes high-level political commitment to keep malaria at the top of the global agenda, and monitors progress towards universal goals.

Media Contact

Mr. Trey Watkins
External Relations Officer
Roll Back Malaria Partnership
+1 347 931 0667; kwatkins@rbmny.org

Mr. Robert Valadez
External Relations Officer
Roll Back Malaria Partnership
+971 (0) 52 923 6752; rvaladez@rbmny.org

Mr. Mohammed Shamsudeen
Ministry of International Cooperation & Development, UAE
+971 50 326 8203; Mohammed.Shamsudeen@micad.gov.ae