Acclaimed Illustrator Sophie Blackall Launches Measles Exhibit Inspired by Journey to the DR Congo

Sophie Blackall Launches Measles Exhibit Inspired by Journey to the DR Congo‘Let Every Child Have a Name: The Road to a World Without Measles’ is the latest exhibit by gifted illustrator Sophie Blackall, to be unveiled today at a partnership meeting of the Measles & Rubella Partnership in Washington D.C.

Commissioned by the Partnership, Ms Blackall’s series of evocative illustrations were inspired by her recent journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo where she learned firsthand about measles and its devastating consequences. The illustrations tell a story of the toll of measles and the dedication and quiet heroism and the health workers and families working to vaccinate and protect their children.

Sophie Blackall Launches Measles Exhibit Inspired by Journey to the DR Congo“In some parts of Africa, families don’t name their children until the threat of measles has past,” said Ms Blackall. That threat disappears entirely when children are vaccinated, and a child can be vaccinated for a single dollar. I was so inspired by the dedication and passion of health workers and families in the Congo, and I hope their illustrated stories will inspire others to get involved. Together we can support their efforts and work to end measles, and let every child have a name.”

Sophie Blackall is an award-winning Brooklyn-based Australian artist who has illustrated over 20 books for children. She has also captured imaginations with her blog and book Missed Connections and a celebrated poster seen all over New York subways. The exhibit is designed by Sara Gillingham, an award-winning art director and designer who has previously collaborated with Ms Blackall on the Ivy & Bean series of books.

View Sophie Blackall’s new exhibit on the website:

View the video that tells the story of Sophie’s journey, giving a behind-the scenes look at how she creates her beautiful illustrations:

If you are in New York this weekend, you can see some of the artwork and hear Sophie speak about it:

You can also follow these events on social media – #SophieSocialGood


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