Malaria: Blood, Sweat, and Tears

The Science NetLinks team is fortunate to work in a building that has a gallery space on the first floor devoted to the intersection of science and art. The Art of Science and Technology Program at AAAS showcases art focused on scientific themes and art by scientists for public outreach.

The current exhibit, Malaria: Blood, Sweat, and Tears, by photojournalist Adam Nadel and Malaria Consortium, displays the historical, scientific, and global impact of malaria. Using a mix of mediums including sculptures, graphs, and comics, the exhibit explores the science behind the disease and personalizes the devastation with captivating photographic portraits.

These images help bring attention to a disease that claims a life every 48 seconds. Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium. Transmitted by the bite of a mosquito, the parasite travels to the human liver, where it multiplies. It then enters the bloodstream, where it kills off red blood cells. 

Malaria is the fifth leading cause of death from infectious disease worldwide and, in Africa, it is second only to HIV among deadly infectious diseases. Deaths from malaria add up to more than half a million worldwide every year.

Yet, malaria is a preventable and treatable disease. A combination of effective mosquito netting, insecticides, and prompt and effective medical treatment can prevent these deaths.

This exhibition is a powerful example of how art can enhance science and help reach a larger audience. To learn more about the exhibit, view a video or take a tour with an audio slideshow.

If you are in the DC area, a panel discussion with the artist and leading experts on malaria, including the director of the John Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, will be held on May 31st.  For more information, visit Malaria: Perspectives on a Global Problem.

Photo credit: Sarah Ingraffea; Images: Adam Nadel 


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