Anlässlich des Weltmalariatags vom 25. April 2013 gibt die “Swiss Malaria Group” die Gewinner des Fotowettbewerbs “ Malaria: The Big Picture ” bekannt.
Die Bilder des Online Foto-Wettbewerbs der Swiss Malaria Gruppe* machen Geschichten und Schicksale hinter der gefürchteten Tropenkrankheit sichtbar. Malaria betrifft das Leben von Millionen von Menschen auf der ganzen Welt. Ziel des Online-Foto Wettbewerbs der Swiss Malaria Gruppe* ist es, die Realität der betroffenen Menschen und das Engagement gegen diese Krankheit zu zeigen.
Biovision fördert in Kenia und in Äthiopien umweltverträgliche Methoden zur Malariaprävention. Mit einer Kombination verschiedener Massnahmen wie der biologischen Kontrolle oder Beseitigung von Mückenbrutstätten, der Verteilung von Bettnetzen an die Bevölkerung und einer konsequenten Behandlung der Malariakranken, kann der tödliche Kreislauf zwischen Mücke und Mensch unterbrochen werden. Der Einbezug und die Sensibilisierung der betroffenen Bevölkerung ist dabei ein Schlüssel zur Nachhaltigkeit.
Wählen Sie aus über 700 Bildern ihre Favoriten aus und geben Sie Ihre Stimme ab. Die Bilder von Fotografen aus der ganzen Welt zeigen auch den von Biovision unterstützten integrierten Ansatz für eine umweltfreundliche Malaria-Bekämpfung. Bis 7. April können Sie Ihre Favoriten bestimmen: http://malariaphotos.org
*Acino Pharma AG, Biovision, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, Medicines for Malaria Venture, Medicus Mundi Schweiz, Novartis, Novartis Stiftung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, Roll Back Malaria, SoildarMed, Direktion für Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit, Swiss Malaria Foundation, Schweizerisches Rotes Kreuz, Schweizerisches Tropen- und Public Health-Institut, Syngenta, Vestergaard Frandsen
… nur weiss das der Besitzer dieser Hühner aus Malindi, Kenia eben nicht. Das Netz, das als Schutz vor den Stichen der Malaria-übertragenden Anopheles-Mückenen gedacht ist, wird hier kurzerhand zweckentfremdet. Dieses Beispiel zeigt, dass die Verteilung von Moskitonetzen zur Malaria Prävention alleine nicht genügt.
During our Symposium next Saturday in Zurich we will show “Silent Snow”, a film about the risks of DDT. Pipaluk de Groot, who is co-author and protagonist, will be our guest and also participates in the discussion after the screening. In this interview she shares her experiences during the production phase and after screenings around the world.
How did you and Jan van den Berg, who is director and co-author of the film, meet before the project started?
I read on the Greenlandic news online about the premiere of the short film. I had just moved to the Netherlands and was very interested in seeing a film about my own country, so I actually just contacted Jan and he invited me to the premiere. After that we kept contact and he asked me to take part in the project of the feature length documentary of “Silent Snow” – and of course I couldn’t say no to this offer.
What were the challenges or special moments during the production phase?
A big challenge was to get off from my current job, but actually they gave me unpaid leave so I could travel with Jan one week a month. This meant that we had to film in small steps, but as you can see it did work out. We did have many special moments during filming – I think one specific part was sleeping on the ice in Greenland. This was a great experience! How often do you get this opportunity? I woke up to the sound of pieces of ice breaking of a nearby glacier, that was just an amazing sound. I have slept under the sky in Greenland before and in other countries, but this experience on the ice beats it all.
What are the key messages of the films, the short version and the documentary?
The short version raised awareness about the global problem of nbso online casino reviews pollution which affects us all. The feature length documentary goes more into details of the same threat by talking to people from all around the world who are fighting for a better life and a better, cleaner world. For me travelling with “Silent Snow” taught me so much, not just about other cultures but also that we can all make a difference. This is our shared world and as also stated in the film: Pollution respects no country borders. A polluting plant will not only affect the vicinity but will spread to other countries as well. This makes it clear that we all need to take action.
What reactions from the audience do you observe during or after the screenings?
I see many different reactions which also depend on where the screening takes place: One scene shows a dead seal being cut open and the reaction in Paris was people closing their eyes, whereas the indigenous audience in Costa Rica weren’t impressed by this sight. I am very proud of my heritage and I do respect people’s reactions, but the suburban consumers often don’t think about meat coming from a real animal. Often after the screenings people thank me for my work and this is very positive. It’s great to learn that all of us can make a difference and that so many people are willing to do their part.
The message of “Silent Snow”, a documentary about the damaging use of DDT, is in line with our “Stop DDT!” campaign: There needs to be a rapid phase-out of DDT as environmentally sound alternatives are available. We had the opportunity to show the movie during the 5th UN-Conference of the Stockholm Convention (COP-5) from 25 to 29 April 2011 in Geneva. This international agreement forbids the use of dangerous pesticides. While we met him we also asked Jan van den Berg some questions about the project and his experiences.
Why did you start this movie project?
I was asked by Jan Betlem, who travelled on a plane with Namgyal Lhamo. She is a Tibetan singer who lives near my house, just around the corner. Every summer she is going to India, in order to collect songs and stories from the refugees that escape from Tibet. They’d suffered a lot, and made very dangerous journeys through the mountains. I made a film with her: “Seven Dreams of Tibet” with seven Tibetans and their nightmares and dreams of a free Tibet, among them His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She had told Jan to contact me.
Jan’s stories about pollution were horrible, with images of poisonous white mountains, children playing nearby. Sometimes the army helped cleaning up the mess. They were dressed like moon travellers, really from another world. Jan worked mostly in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where the Soviet Union left these poisonous mountains, rather carelessly.
I didn’t like these images for a film, it was just too ugly and only made you feel helpless. But I was fascinated by the invisibility of this silent enemy, threatening the health of so many people. And that’s why we developed a script around all these heroes fighting the pollution of their countries.
How did you meet Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann, the young Greenlandic woman who is portrayed in the movie?
That’s a funny story. Everybody advised us to go around the world with the two kids who played in the short film I made first to raise some money. “Four Inspirational Stars for a doc well shot, and for Sarah and Pipaluk, kids who might show us how to save the planet”, wrote Peter Wintonick in POV magazine. (For other reviews of the short trailer film see the website.)
But they were 13 years old and much too young travelling to all these countries with me. When the short film premiered at IDFA in 2007 someone called me for tickets, but it was completely sold out. When this young lady told me she was from Greenland and her name was Pipaluk, I couldn’t refuse and I gave her my seats. That’s how we met, and she became a wonderful travel companion, took unpaid leave from her job to join me to all these countries.
You showed the movie in the United States, in Kenya and now also in Switzerland. What type of reactions did you get?
It was really great. I was afraid that the movie would make people too depressive, but nobody complained about that. In the States I had told people in the Q&A about my neighbour back in Holland, who – after viewing one of the first versions of the film – said: “After you’ve finished this film we will all have to commit suicide.” Then, a lady came to me out of the audience and said: “My husband and I, we were afraid of going to the cinema because we thought we would be depressed afterwards, but we are not. Because despite the very serious message, you made a beautiful piece of art.”
Also in Geneva they praised “Silent Snow” for showing a unique community feeling between all those people working with the same objective. Someone said: “This film changed my life and gives new hope to all of us who work for a sustainable world.”
What do you think about Biovision’s work and our “Stop DDT!” campaign?
It’s exactly our aim, exactly what the film is about, and I’m glad we are working together.