The Malaria Interpretation Centre of Losar de la Vera, in collaboration with the town council of Losar de la Vera, presented last Sunday 25th April the Annual Award of the Malaria Interpretation Centre, in this third edition, to Dr. Quique Bassat, director of the Malaria Programme of the Global Health Institute of Barcelona.
The event took place in the same centre on the occasion of World Malaria Day, and was attended by the President of the Cáceres Provincial Council, Carlos Rodríguez; the Director General of Planning, Training and Health and Social and Health Quality of the Junta de Extremadura, Vicente Caballero Pajares; the President of the Mancomunidad de la Vera, Lola Paniagua; as well as the Mayor of Losar de la Vera, Germán Domínguez Martín, among other personalities. On behalf of the network of routes, its managing director, Quintín Correas, was present, as well as its president, Miguel Ángel Martín Ramos, from Brussels.
In addition to the presentation of the award to Dr. Quique Bassat, the inauguration of the exhibition "La malaria en el punto de mira", by Bassat himself, which has been on display for the past year at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Barcelona, and which can now be enjoyed at the Interpretation Centre in Extremadura throughout the year. A disease that, as the president of the Cooperation Network of the Routes of Emperor Charles V, Miguel Ángel Martín, reminded in his speech, "continues to kill hundreds of thousands of people a year (435,000 people in 2017), and which tens or hundreds of thousands of people in the world also suffer from (219 million people). A disease that, in the area of La Vera, was endemic until the middle of the 20th century, with an epidemiological institute of national reference in the area".
The conference also included the participation of the historian Carlos Belloso, from the European University Miguel de Cervantes in Valladolid, who gave a tour of the Emperor's travels through the historical recreations carried out by the different partners of the Cooperation Network of the Routes of Emperor Charles V.