About malaria and Monty

Monty and I in 1999

Thinking of my dear friend and colleague Monty Cooper who died of malaria eleven years ago today (4th January 2003). He was a former Cape Times news photographer and a Rhodes University lecturer in photojournalism. He contracted malaria after a working trip to Mozambique. There was no liquid quinine in Grahamstown (our small town) and no ambulance to take him to Port Elizabeth (the nearest city) – Monty wherever you are I miss you!’

Monty died a horrible horrible death. Malaria is a ‘third world country’ disease and many people from developed countries do not realise that thousands of people die of it every day.  Every 20 seconds a child dies of malaria. Over a million people die of malaria ever year, 90% of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

Please remember to take your malaria medication, wear long sleeves and cover yourself with mosquito repellant often if you are in a malaria area. I wear a United Against Malaria bracelet every day.


These are mine – one against malaria and one against rhino poaching (another cause in which I am heavily involved)



Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

4 thoughts

  1. Thank you for posting this photo of Monty. He taught me photojournalism in the early 90s, and this evening I was writing something for my blog and thinking of him and I googled for photos and happened upon your post.

    IIt’s good to see Monty remembered. Thank you

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