In the remote village of Lulundilo, the roads are more than rugged dirt paths that are challenging to navigate. Even the most robust vehicles struggle to get here. In this context, the Truck of Life, specifically designed for these harsh terrains, makes all the difference.
After hours of travel, the social and medical teams from the Fair Future Foundation finally arrive, driven by a single goal: to ensure that the #ZeroMalaria program reaches even the most isolated places.
Here, water and food are scarce, and access to medical care is virtually non-existent. Yet, life goes on in a precarious balance.
A child named Daniel catches the medical team’s attention. He’s between five and seven years old and visibly sick. A rapid malaria screening test is conducted, followed by a microscopic examination confirming Plasmodium vivax’s presence in his blood. It’s not a surprise to the team, but it’s a harsh reminder of the reality of this disease and the threat it poses to these communities.
The healthcare professionals immediately define a treatment protocol. Acting quickly is crucial; malaria can be fatal, especially for a child as young as Daniel. Antimalarials are administered, and his condition is closely monitored. At the same time, part of the team engages with his family and community to educate them on malaria prevention. It’s not just about medication; it’s also about raising awareness and changing behaviours.
The #ZeroMalaria program is much more than a simple hashtag. It’s an initiative that mobilizes over a hundred people, including more than sixty volunteers, committed to making a real difference. Living conditions in places like Lulundilo make this disease particularly difficult to combat, but these challenges only strengthen the team’s resolve to continue the fight.
Daniel’s situation is not unique. It reflects the daily life of hundreds of others in villages just as isolated and conditions just as tricky. And that’s why the work continues. For every child saved, a family is preserved, and a community becomes more robust. But there’s still much to do.
The fight against malaria in such remote regions is far from over. Every day, the team rises with renewed determination to reach villages like Lulundilo, Haray or Lahiru, aware that every action, every administered medication, and every education session can save a life and change destiny.
Alex Wettstein – Fair Future Foundation medico-social camp in East Sumba – Rumah Kambera, Lambanapu, 17th of October, 2023