Malaria is a disease that could be completely eradicated, but requires a community effort. If even just one person has malaria and is bitten by a mosquito, it is possible for the mosquito to infect someone else.
Every five years, MINSANTE distributes mosquito nets. The 2015 distribution arrived in the Adamawa this past month. It is a slow process and often delayed. For the distribution, I decided to illustrate good mosquito net usage in addition to other ways to prevent malaria.
Art is a visual language. In some respects, I felt more like an artist creating these images than I ever did in painting class. Maybe it was because here, I knew exactly what I was trying to say, as opposed to experimenting with images.
The distribution felt like my first art show. People stared. Child questioned. Between my broken Fulfuldé and the images I was able to explain how to prevent malaria. It helped that the children easily picked up on the message and began explaining it to their friends.
Unfortunately, like all language, art is not permanent. A fierce wind blew the first night and left behind only the two triptychs depicting the story of two sisters (one who slept under a mosquito net and the other who did not).
Below, photos of the distribution: