Photo feature in @UNDP new photography series and exhibition in Toyko on 12 December 2017 looking at innovations and inequalities in healthcare around the world – check it out! bit.ly/2zIddV3
"Innovation & Inequality" shines a light on the importance of new health innovations – like vaccines, medicines & diagnostics – and getting them to the people around the world who need them most. My photo documents the use of rapid malaria tests that are helping to save lives of rural children in Kenya.
Frank, 3, receives a finger-prick test in Kwasala Village, 15 kilometers from the Ugandan border. Elizabeth, a health worker from Living Goods, is testing him for malaria.
90 percent of deaths from malaria are in young African children. Rapid and accurate diagnosis is the first critical step for effectively treating children with the disease, but access to diagnostic tests is still limited.
Efforts are underway to develop more accurate tests as well as combat challenges in healthcare delivery. Organizations like Living Goods are training community health workers to travel from door to door, ensuring that families can spend their limited funds on lifesaving diagnostics, vaccines and medicines rather than on traveling to distant hospitals.