Photograph by Georgina Goodwin
Frank, 3, receives a finger-prick test in Kwasala Village, 15 kilometers from the Ugandan border. Elizabeth, a health worker from Living Goods, is testing him for malaria.
90 percent of deaths from malaria are in young African children. Rapid and accurate diagnosis is the first critical step for effectively treating children with the disease, but access to diagnostic tests is still limited.
Efforts are underway to develop more accurate tests as well as combat challenges in healthcare delivery. Organizations like Living Goods are training community health workers to travel from door to door, ensuring that families can spend their limited funds on lifesaving diagnostics, vaccines and medicines rather than on traveling to distant hospitals.