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Tuesday22 July 2014

Architecture design competition to tackle Malaria

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Health charity Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (Archive) launches a global design competition to help prevent spread of malaria

Health charity Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (Archive) has launched a global design competition, championing innovative housing and environmental designs that help prevent the spread of malaria in support of World Malaria Day.

The competition, part of the Building Malaria Prevention campaign, is searching for design that reduces the breeding of mosquitoes. Three winning designs will be used to improve housing in Yaoundé in Cameroon, where 40% of deaths of children under five are caused by malaria.

Last year’s campaign, Health and Housing in Haiti, featured a similar competition that drew entries from all over the world, with five winning designs already being used to build houses to combat diseases like tuberculosis and malaria.

Peter Williams, founder of Archive Global, said: “We hope that this sheds light on the way in which two key development strategies can be addressed simultaneously and cost-effectively – improved living conditions and improved health outcomes among the most vulnerable”.

World Malaria Day is on April 25, when Archive launches its year-long campaign.

For more information see www.archiveglobal.org.

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