MSUToday
Published: Feb. 11, 2011

MSU to screen documentary on Terrie Taylor's work in Malawi

Contact(s): Tom Oswald Communications and Brand Strategy oswald@msu.edu, Kirsten Khire College of Communication Arts and Sciences office: (517) 432-0013 cell: (517) 944-1148 khirek@msu.edu

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A documentary made by two Michigan State University faculty that shares MSU's work and progress in Malawi to help children with malaria will be screened at MSU on Feb. 15.

The public is welcome to view the documentary, "Malaria and Malawi: Fighting to Save the Children," at 7 p.m. in Room 147 at the Communication Arts and Sciences building.

MSU School of Journalism faculty members Sue Carter and Bob Gould produced the documentary; journalism senior Marty Berman helped create trailers.

The documentary highlights the work being done by MSU University Distinguished Professor Terrie Taylor during the past 24 years in Malawi, including her work via a $9.1 million federal grant to create new prevention and control strategies in the small African nation.

"Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, and one-fourth of children die before age 5 from malaria there," Carter said. "Yet, Dr. Taylor has been making huge strides to help people in Malawi and all over the world who deal with malaria. This documentary shows the significant progress being made by Dr. Taylor, her staff and MSU students."

Carter narrated the documentary, and Gould shot and edited it. The faculty members spent their spring break in Malawi gathering footage of Taylor conducting research, teaching MSU students and helping families in Malawi.

The project was supported by the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the MSU School of Journalism and Carter.

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