Malaria Town


Despite being a preventable and treatable disease, malaria still kills nearly a million people a year – the majority are young children in Africa. Oliver reports for Channel 4’s critically acclaimed foreign affairs series from Apac, “the malaria capital of the world”, in Northern Uganda and reveals shocking levels of corruption including the theft of malaria treatment drugs, and how organic products sold on Britain’s high streets are also playing a role in continuing the pandemic. WATCH ON 4oD

GET INVOLVED – MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Oliver is working Malaria Consortium to fund and run a project in Apac to help some of the people featured in the documentary. Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading not-for-profits dedicated to the control of malaria. For full info or to get involved, donate and help save lives check out details about their Apac Project. CLICK HERE

FURTHER DETAILS:

  • FILM SUMMARY: Full details about the film
  • ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT – Theft and Drugs take Malaria Drugs away from Africa’s poorest, by Oliver Steeds
  • REVIEW: In the Guardian
  • DRUGS BUST: Short video clip raiding a clinic suspected of selling stolen government drugs
  • VLOG 1: Emotion in Journalism
  • VLOG 2 – Admissions area in Apac Hospital
  • VLOG 3 – Apac Hospital
  • REPORTERS BLOG: thoughts about malaria and the making of the documentary.
  • LOCAL HERO: Sam Lawino – survived being a child soldier before becoming an award winning journalist and the local producer for this film.
  • MALARIA INFO: Links to more information about Malaria, organisations involved in the fight, educational resources etc. -
  • PHOTOS from the shoot
  • FACEBOOK: Unreported World on FaceBook
  • PRESS
    Pick of the Day & Critics Choice in all the major daily and weekend papers. The Guardian called it “A particularly harrowing report”, The Times said it “Acts as a bellweather to the health of Channel 4” whilst the Radio Times called it the “Hardest hitting reportage… You may need a stiff drink after this gruelling report”

    FROM THE OBSERVER: CHOICE OF THE DAY:
    “Malaria Town, Apac in northern Uganda has been dubbed the ‘malarial capital of the world’. It’s mosquito infested swamps mean the town’s residents are like a living blood bank for the insects, with people being bitten on average six times a night. Reporter Oliver Steeds finds that the local hospital can’t handle the 5,000 malaria patients that turn up each week and has run out of medicine despite receiving £20m of anti-malarial drugs from the international community. Many of the drugs are now sold on the black market. A stark assessment of the situation comes from the hospital’s pharmacist: “If you cant pay for the drugs, you die”.
    IAN JONES, THE OBSERVER

    GENERAL MALARIA FACTS
    Interactive fact file on Malaria from Roll Back Malaria
    Malaria Fact Sheet from WHO
    Malaria Facts for Travellers from WHO

    EDUCATIONAL
    Malaria Educational Resources

    KEY ORGANISATIONS
    Malaria Consortium: www.malariaconsortium.org
    Malaria No More: www.malarianomore.org.uk
    Roll Back Malaria: www.rbm.who.int
    The Global Fund: Malaria: www.theglobalfund.org/en/malaria
    WHO Global Malaria Programme www.who.int/malaria

    REPORTS:
    WHO World Malaria Report 2009

    PRODUCTION DETAILS

  • TX: Channel 4: 7:30pm; 1st October 2010
  • Role: Correspondent
  • Director: Will West
  • Editor: Mike Dixon
  • Series Producer: George Waldrum
  • Production: Quicksilver Media