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Trainee music video urges malaria prevention

July / August 2015 | Volume 14, Issue 4

Screen capture of malaria rap video, text overlay reads 85% of malaria deaths are children under 5 years

"No Malaria" is a catchy rap video produced by NIH trainees in Cameroon to educate viewers about malaria and how to prevent infection. The three-and-a-half-minute video was planned as an educational and fundraising tool.

Among the lines they sing are, "Together, let’s fight against malaria," "Mosquitoes fear no one," and "Malaria plays you like a toy and before you know it, your life is destroyed." These are interspersed with hard facts, such as 91 percent of the 2,000 daily malaria deaths occur in Africa, and with advice to use bed nets, cut back bushes near homes and drain standing water.

The trainees are developing research skills, with support from Fogarty’s Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program, and from the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT), an initiative targeting undergraduate training, supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) as well as Fogarty.

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