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Katharina Weingartner, director, producer Personally, I had known about malaria prophylaxis with Artemisia tea since filming “Sneaker Stories” in Ghana in 2004, but it was only during research in East Africa that we realized that our film could only be about the half a million people who still die of malaria every day, every minute, year after year. Why? And for what? Who benefits from this tragedy? An inclusive approach that promotes local research and drug production, and investment in basic health care rather than high-tech Western research would probably be the best way – research into local malaria herbs e.g. Artemisia afra or Vernonia. Children under five used to have to drink bitter teas everywhere several times a week during the rainy season – only our missionaries demonized this, forbade it, suppressed the women and their clever methods and sold them Western chemistry. If this medicine at least reached the sick and would be affordable! As long as so many people die, one can only speak of a total failure of western methods. With our campaign “Fight the Fever” we want to help to change something: Malaria can only be brought to its knees by Africans. And mainly by women. Let’s support them!

Weina Zhao, filmmaker
Imagine half a million children die every year in Europe of a disease that would actually be treatable – with an herb that everybody can grow themselves in their backyards. But the WHO recommends every country in the EU to ban the knowledge and use of this medicinal herb, in order to guarantee pharmaceutical companies their profits from selling their failing drugs against this disease.
Sounds outrageous and absolutely impossible? Now exchange the word “Europe” for “Africa” and you get the reality of what has been going on with malaria since more than a decade in Africa. But because it is happening in Africa, nobody gives a damn. 500.000 is just an abstract number, a boring statistic. Not lives that could have been saved. Not babies still dying every single year.
The time has come to put an end to this brutal injustice and question our own ignorance and inaction. If everyone of us speaks up, we cannot all be silenced.

Dr.in Mireille Ngosso, medical doctor and member of the regional council I support the association Fight the Fever because neocolonial interests also determine the fight against malaria. The locally growing plant artemisia has been proven to be effective in combating malaria. However, pharmaceutical companies and the WHO prevent sustainable research and treatment. They now earn billions from the disease. The epidemic has become business for the West. I want to work against this and inform the public.

Natascha Gertlbauer, Fight The Fever coordinator and cinematographer

The relics of colonialism that still prevail in Africa must be cleared up and put to an end. This system needs to be broken up, as has the apparently no alternative to the dependence of malaria patients on pharmaceutical companies. With Fight the Fever, we give an impetus to the alternative fight against malaria through sustainable and local solutions. We support the local people to protect themselves against malaria and to free themselves from unjust power relations.

ADVISORY BOARD

Simon INOU, journalist and activist
Because the film shows the hypocrisy of Western pharmaceutical companies and their befriended institutions in the fight against malaria but also focuses on the decolonized aspect of Africa’s endogenous forces.

As a former malaria patient I support “Fight the Fever” because I firmly believe that Africans finally have the solution to malaria in their hands. It is time to act now and no longer allow Western pharmaceutical companies to exploit us.

Dr. Jérôme Munyangi, congolese lead resercher
The fight against malaria in Africa must integrate local therapeutic values. The promotion of Artemisia in Africa can help reduce malaria mortality.

Hans Herren, entomologist and Alternative Nobel Laureate
As guests on this planet, we humans have the duty to work with nature, to use its treasures sustainably for the good of all. This applies both to how we nourish and care for ourselves, and above all to prevent diseases. In the case of malaria, it is particularly important because nature provides us with Artemisia and other medicinal plants. Fight the Fever’s mission is exactly what it takes to end the malaria scandal. Not a single child should die of malaria today and I am honored to be part of the Fight the Fever Advisory Board.

Hans Herren
Pierre Lutgen, chemist We share the approach of the film The Fever. We aim to help the African medical doctors and researchers to become independent of the neocolonial medicine for the benefit of their people. Our NGO https://www.iwerliewen.org/ has been in this battle for 15 years
Pascal Gysenia, pharmacologist Glad to be part of this prestigious fight. My dream is for Africans to take care of themselves with the help of a handful of people of goodwill after six centuries of colonization and 60 years of the so called independence.

Felix Kofler, architect, activist