“Fighting Malaria | A journey of hope”: The Unrelenting Pursuit of the #ZeroMalaria Program in Eastern Indonesia.
In the sometimes unforgiving landscapes of Eastern Indonesia, Fair Future presents a 12-minute testament—not a work of fiction but a chronicle of the relentless struggle our teams wage against malaria where we operate.
This is not a story woven from fantastical threads but one crafted from the harsh reality of the front lines, where every step is a battle against an unyielding adversary. The scenes you will witness unfold with raw and often brutal honesty, capturing the indomitable spirit of our teams amidst adversity.
Here, the journey is as daunting as the destination. Days meld into weeks as we embed ourselves within these communities, conducting door-to-door inquiries aiming to reach an 87% testing threshold. It’s a mission where modern conveniences are stripped away, operating without electricity or water in Mahu’s sole medical center—a stark reflection of the broader deprivation. Yet, through the support of the Rotary Club Australia and Fair Future’s resolve, taps once dry now flow with life-sustaining water.
Every frame of ‘Combating Malaria | A Journey of Hope’ reflects our unwavering commitment to health equity. As we challenge the scourge of malaria, our presence signifies a beacon of hope for those in remote corners of Indonesia. Join us in this critical fight.
The #ZeroMalaria program is a behemoth of precision and efficacy, surpassing our target, an undertaking akin to moving mountains in a landscape where even the hills refuse to budge. It is a strategy that not only curtails the disease but also attacks the very roots of the mortality that stubbornly clings to these lands.
Our film is a visual essay on prevention, where indoor residual spraying, impregnated mosquito nets, and thousands of rapid tests and blood analyses become the lexicon of survival. It’s an intimate education on malaria symptoms, on strategies to escape its grip, and on safeguarding the very fabric of family and community.
For the teams of Fair Future, Kawan Baik, and Sumba Volunteers, this is more than a campaign: it is a life’s vocation. This film, in just twelve minutes, offers a glimpse into the monumental efforts taken to protect tens of thousands in the most ultra-rural regions—a narrative that genuinely deserves hours to fully convey its scope and impact.
The film comes at a pivotal time: as the rainy season heralds a surge in malaria cases and a rise in deaths, especially among young children and pregnant women. The latter, a deeply affected group, has seen dozens succumb to malaria, compounded by the chronic lack of access to medical care.
The story we present is a call to arms. Alone, our fight is Sisyphean, but together, it can be victorious. We seek volunteers, medical supplies, preventive equipment, financial support, and the essential elements to suppress this scourge. Without collective action, the disease will continue its devastation unchallenged.
Once again, we are the only medical NGOs present in these regions, carrying the torch of a fight far from over.
Your support is the cornerstone of hope for a malaria-free future in Eastern Indonesia. Thank you for standing with us.
Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, the November 9th, 2023.