Why do the numbers of malaria victims that we are repeatedly served in the West in all conceivable forms leave us so cold? Its usually not people of color who present the startling reports and appeals for donations - those who defy the deadly parasites are the “locals” - freed from all self-determination in our neocolonial approach. They are shown as helpless objects, dependent on dictators, pharmaceutical companies and NGO´s.
With Fight the Fever we want to help change that: Malaria will only be brought to its knees by Africans. And mostly by women. Let´s help them get this done.
Because the film shows the hypocrisy of Western pharmaceutical companies and their befriended institutions in the fight against malaria but also focuses on the decolonized aspect of Africa's endogenous forces.
As a former malaria patient I support "Fight the Fever" because I firmly believe that Africans finally have the solution to malaria in their hands. It is time to act now and no longer allow Western pharmaceutical companies to exploit us.
Dr. Jérôme Munyangi
The fight against malaria in Africa must integrate local therapeutic values. The promotion of Artemisia in Africa can help reduce malaria mortality.
Imagine half a million children die every year in Europe of a disease that would actually be treatable - with an herb that everybody can grow themselves in their backyards. But the WHO recommends every country in the EU to ban the knowledge and use of this medicinal herb, in order to guarantee pharmaceutical companies their profits from selling their failing drugs against this disease.
Sounds outrageous and absolutely impossible? Now exchange the word "Europe" for "Africa" and you get the reality of what has been going on with malaria since more than a decade in Africa. But because it is happening in Africa, nobody gives a damn. 500.000 is just an abstract number, a boring statistic. Not lives that could have been saved. Not babies still dying every single year.
The time has come to put an end to this brutal injustice and question our own ignorance and inaction. If everyone of us speaks up, we cannot all be silenced.