Bill Gates has pledged to eradicate Malaria in his lifetime, and is using his business acumen to do so, funding many projects, entrepreneurs and scientists.
Putting his weight behind the Path Malaria Vaccine Initiative, a vaccine to boost immunity against malaria is now possibly three years from being released onto the market place. This would be the first vaccine against a parasite.
Elizabeth O’Neill travels to Agogo in Ghana, one of the trial sites of the vaccine. She meets investigators, malaria patients and participants on the trial and finds out why malaria is such a problem for people in Ghana, where the deadliest strain,
P Falciparum, is endemic.
Elizabeth also meets computer scientist Eamonn Keogh – an Irish man living and working in LA – who is developing a sensor to detect malarial mosquitoes. Last October he was awarded $100,000 from the Bill Gates Foundation to develop his sensor.
Documentary-maker: Elizabeth O’Neill
Production supervision: Sarah Blake
Produced in partnership with Irish Aid
First broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on Tuesday August 16th., 2011
An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.