Abdulkadir Ahmed Actor, center "I play a doctor. At first it was interesting. I liked it - I'm an actor. But as time passed, I began to understand, to see things differently. We are actors and we are educators. We entertain, but we also save lives."
Many countries have embraced countless strategies to better educate their populations about the dangers of malaria and the various means of preventing the disease. Some local governments, like this one in Nigeria, have organized troupes of actors to perform in educational plays for audiences throughout the country. Another program shows a public service announcement about malaria prevention prior to a free movie screening. Others stress youth orientated performance and/or physical interaction to supply a powerful and lasting educational message.
Unfortunately funding limitations often restrict the scope of such programs, but where they do exist, they are a creative light offering a ray of hope in the fight against malaria.