As it has done every year since it opened, the Losar de la Vera Town Council and the Malaria Interpretation Centre are celebrating World Malaria Day on 25 April with the 3rd annual Malaria Interpretation Centre Award Ceremony.
The centre, formerly the Anti-Malaria Dispensary, carries out informative and educational work, highlighting the medical and social action carried out to eradicate malaria in Spain and the strategy that currently exists for its eradication worldwide.
To this end, the Director of the Malaria Control Programme of the Institute of Global Health in Barcelona, Dr. Quique Bassat, will be present and will give a close and current view of the situation of this disease.
First of all, there will be the institutional inauguration, by the Junta de Extremadura and the Diputación de Cáceres, of Quique Bassat's exhibition entitled "Malaria in the Spotlight", which was presented last year at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Barcelona and can now be admired at the Interpretation Centre of Extremadura. The exhibition can be enjoyed throughout the year.
The presentation will also include a talk by Miguel Ángel Martín Ramos, President of the Cooperation Network of the Routes of the Emperor Charles V, to which the Centre belongs, and its Director, Quintín Correas. Specifically, the ISGlobal team in Barcelona was responsible for certifying the death of Charles V from malaria, which is why the Centre has a room dedicated to Charles V where the procedure is also presented. In addition, the historian Carlos Belloso will give a tour of the emperor's travels, through the historical re-enactments carried out by the various partners in the cooperation network.
At the end of the event, the award will be presented to Dr. Quique Bassat, in recognition of his medical and scientific work to eradicate malaria in the countries still affected by this disease.
A scientific-cultural day is planned, which will seek to highlight the importance of the activity carried out by the centre in disseminating the historical events of the La Vera region related to malaria disease, as well as the attractiveness of the centre as a tourist resource for specific groups and the general public.