Mobilize Against Malaria Photo Gallery
This series of photographs by award-winning photographer Mark Tuschman illustrates the work of Licensed Chemical Sellers (LCSs) and the role they play in their communities near Kumasi in Ashanti Region, Ghana. All photographs courtesy of Pfizer MAM Program and Mark Tuschman.
A mother visits her local Licensed Chemical Seller (LCS).
LCS advising a customer about treatment. The aim of the MAM program is to reduce malaria morbidity and mortality through the effective delivery of Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT), the national standard for treating uncomplicated malaria in Ghana.
Licensed Chemical Sellers are small retail outlets that act as a major source of basic medicines for many, especially in rural areas.
While LCSs play a major role in the community's healthcare system, shopkeepers
and their staff are not formally trained healthcare providers. MAM works to
empower LCSs throughout the Ashanti region to play a leadership role in their community's healthcare.
The MAM program in Ghana is training LCSs to recognise severe cases of malaria
and make an official referral to the nearest health facility if necessary.
This series of photos shows the kind of role the Licensed Chemical Seller plays within local communities, often as the first point of access to health advice.
The LCS consults a boy on his injury...
Photo credit: Mark Tuschman
And advises his mother.
A sign for the local LCS in a rural village outside Kumasi.
The MAM program works to educate communities about the signs and symptoms
of malaria, particularly mothers with young children.
A mother sits with her two children beneath the mosquito net. The MAM
program aims to educate communities about the causes of malaria and encourages mothers to seek prompt and effective treatment with ACTs.