CUGH-Pulitzer 4th Annual Video Competition

In 2015, malaria caused approximately 438,000 deaths with 214 million new cases reported. Although progress to control and eradicate malaria has been made, 95 countries and territories still have ongoing transmission, leaving half the world’s population at risk. The fight against malaria is at a critical juncture – with coordinated efforts, this deadly killer can be defeated. To increase awareness and educate people about prevention and treatment, students at the International Center of Art and Music (CIAMO) in Benin wrote a song about malaria. The passion and talent displayed by these young advocates caught the attention of documentarian Sarah duPont and musician/filmmaker Jon Fine, who lent their skills to produce a music video called “Kids Against Malaria.” The video features lyrics written and sung by CIAMO students, musical accompaniment by Beninese musicians, lead vocals by Grammy-award winner and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo, and is available in English/French.

Video Credits: Amazon Aid Foundation, Angélique Kidjo, Art and Abolition, The Batonga Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Harvard University’s Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe Initiative, International Center of Art and Music at Ouidah (CIAMO) in Benin, Jon Fine Films, Partnerships for Change, The Peace Corps, UN Foundation Nothing But Nets Campaign, UNICEF, United States Department of State, United States Embassy in Benin, United States President’s Malaria Initiative

Co-winner of Global Health Advocacy Category: Kids Against Malaria