Anna Ackerman '12 Helping Create Buzz Around Malaria Awareness
Story posted October 08, 2009
Anna Ackerman '12 was among ten finalists vying for the opportunity to learn and write about malaria in Africa — from Africa.
The World Briefing: Telling the Malaria Story contest, co-sponsored by Malaria No More, a non-profit organization, and Novartis Pharmaceuticals, was held to send one student reporter to Nairobi for the 2009 MIM Pan-African Conference.
In her essay, Ackerman juxtaposed her experience at a mosquito-ridden day camp in Maine with her travels in Africa two years ago, when she spent time in the Ethiopian village of Ararit with a woman who had contracted malaria.
"Currently, 3.3 billion people are at risk of contracting malaria," wrote Ackerman, "yet that number can be greatly reduced. Malaria is preventable — and the fight against it starts with education." Read the essay.
The winning essay was written by Jessica Uno, a student at Stanford University.
Dr. Donald Krogstad '65 has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship toward his work developing anti-malarial drugs.
Krogstad, Henderson Professor of Tropical Medicine at the Tulane Center for Infectious Diseases in Louisiana, has dedicated much of his career to the research and treatment of malaria.
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