Five Minutes | Exclusive Malaria Interviews

Five Minutes | Exclusive Malaria Interviews

By Fight Malaria
Bringing you closer to the most interesting people in the world of malaria.

Each week, you'll be able to listen to an exclusive interview with someone making an impact. From researchers to entrepreneurs, we believe that everyone's voice should be heard.

This is Five Minutes, a podcast by Fight Malaria.
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The Programme Analyst Coordinating 'Bucket Trials' in India
I’m joined by Lukyn Gedge who is coordinating the Microbide Bucket Challenge in India. Her team is testing the efficacy of a new biodegradable larvicide that can kill mosquitos, releasing carbon dioxide and water into the atmosphere. This is Five Minutes with Lukyn Gedge.
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December 9, 2018
The Scientist Developing a New Biodegradable Larvicide
Hello, I’m Thomas Locke and this is Five Minutes, the podcast that brings you closer to the people fighting malaria. Today, I’m joined by Mary Skelly, the CEO of Microbide, a chemical company based in Ireland. Her team is developing a biodegradable insecticide for the control of mosquitoes. It’s currently undergoing so-called 'bucket trials' in India. This is Five Minutes with Mary Skelly.
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December 2, 2018
The Woman Fighting Malaria with Handmade Soap
I’m joined by Joan Nalubega, the Founder of Uganics. Her company makes and sells mosquito-repellent soap. It’s received worldwide attention after Reuters shared Joan’s story online. This is Five Minutes with Joan Nalubega.
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November 25, 2018
The Journalist Responsible for the Removal of Kenya's Fake Malaria Drugs
To kickstart Series 2 of Five Minute, I’m joined by Stella Murumba, a Kenyan journalist. She’s been involved in an investigation into substandard antimalarial drugs. Her journalism has resulted in the Kenyan Health Ministry to recall Duo-Cotecxin, a commonly used antimalarial.
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November 18, 2018
Five Minutes with Linda Lear | Rachel Carson, Silent Spring and DDT
Rachel Carson was born in 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania. Carson was a passionate scientist and ecologist, writing about the environment. Her most famous book, Silent Spring, was published in 1962 - two years before her death. The book emphasises the need to preserve our world. It also presented her theory about the environmental consequences of pesticide misuse - particularly DDT, a pesticide used to kill mosquitoes. To discuss this further, I’m joined by historian Linda Lear. She wrote “Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature”, a biography about Carson and her work.
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November 11, 2018
Five Minutes with Annemarie Quinn and Code Sangala | Music Against Malaria
Annemarie Quinn and Code Sangala speak to me about their charity, Music Against Malaria. They’re currently touring Malawi to raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. This is Five Minutes.
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November 4, 2018
Five Minutes with Professor Marcia Castro | Harvard's Online Malaria Course
Joining me today is Professor Marcia Castro of Harvard University. She’s helped launch MalariaX: From Genes to Globe. It’s an online course that details the science and technology of malaria, as well as the historical, political, social and economic factors to its eradication. The course is available on the edX platform, is free of charge and lasts around 40 hours.
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October 28, 2018
Five Minutes with Michelle Stanton | Using Drones to Fight Malaria
Joining me today is Michelle Stanton, a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health, Informatics, Computing and Statistics at Lancaster University. She also holds an honorary position at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She’s working on trying to reduce malaria deaths by better understanding where mosquito breeding spots are. To do this, she’s using the power of drones to capture aerial imagery in Malawi’s drone corridor – a patch of land devoted to humanitarian drone testing created by UNICEF.
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October 21, 2018
Five Minutes with Dr Deborah O'Neil | The Post-Antibiotic Era
Dr Deborah O’Neil is the CEO of Novabiotics, a leading clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the design and development of first-in-class anti-infectives. She recently delivered a talk on the pharmaceutical industry as it is today, and offered an insight into what it could become, with a focus on so-called ‘personalised medicines’. She also addressed the worrying issue of antimicrobial resistance and discussed new cancer therapies being approved by the NHS. This is Five Minutes with Dr Deborah O'Neil.
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October 14, 2018
Five Minutes with Professor Katherine Andrews | Getting Kids into STEM
There’s a significant shortage of people working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). According to STEM.org.uk, this shortage is costing businesses £1.5 billion a year in recruitment, temporary staffing, inflated salaries and additional training costs. Trying to change that is Professor Katherine Andrews, a parasitologist and the Project Manager of ‘That’s RAD! Science’. The aim of which is to bring STEM careers alive for children through a series of fun and educational picture books. Katherine is the Author of one of the books in the series titled ‘My Mum is a Parasite Scientist, That’s Rad’. This is Five Minutes with Katherine Andrews.
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October 7, 2018
Five Minutes with Rob Mather | CEO, Against Malaria Foundation
Joining me today is Rob Mather, the CEO of The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF). Earlier this year, he was presented with a Points of Light certificate by Prince William, signed by Her Majesty the Queen. AMF fund anti-malaria nets, specifically long-lasting insecticidal nets, LLINs. Website: https://www.againstmalaria.com/ This is Five Minutes with Rob Mather.
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October 1, 2018
Five Minutes with Florence Bearman & Kim Van Der Wiejde | Bicycle Ambulances
Access to healthcare in some remote parts of Africa can be extremely limited, with the nearest health facility located hours away. For mothers of children with severe malaria, this can put their child’s life at risk. But now a London-based international organisation is trying to change that. Transaid is using bikes in remote villages to transport patients to hospitals and health facilities. Florence Bearman, Head of Fundraising, and Kim van der Weijde, the Access to Health Project Manager join me for this interview. Five Minutes with Florence Bearman & Kim Van Der Wieje
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September 23, 2018
Five Minutes with Sally Edgar | Animation for Public Health
Joining me today is Sally Edgar from a London-based digital agency AV Studios. They've worked with numerous clients in the education and public health sectors over the course of 20 years, creating animations, designing websites and launching quizzes. I'm keen to know what makes a public health animation effective and, as the NHS introduces an online quiz to determine heart age, will such quizzes have a greater role in public health? This is Five Minutes with Sally Edgar.
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September 16, 2018
Five Minutes with Margaret Reilly McDonnell | Nothing But Nets
Welcome back to Five Minutes, the podcast series where we speak to the most interesting people in the world of malaria. Margaret Reilly McDonnell, the Executive Director of Nothing But Nets discusses the importance of mosquito nets, the growing issue of insecticide resistance and cuts to foreign aid. This is Five Minutes with Margaret Reilly McDonnell.
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September 2, 2018
Five Minutes with Dr Mike Coleman & Kirsten Duda | Insecticide Resistance Video Game
Welcome back to Five Minutes, the podcast series where we speak to the most interesting people in the world of malaria. Joining me today are Dr Mike Coleman and Kirsten Duda of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. They work for ETCH which stands for Engaging Tools for Communication in Health. They’ve helped to create an app called Resistance 101. It’s an arcade-style game that makes understanding the concepts of insecticide resistance much more accessible and engaging. It’s available to download on iTunes and the Google Play store. the links are available on our website. This is Five Minutes with Dr Mike Coleman and Kirsten Duda.
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August 26, 2018
Five Minutes with Professor Steve Lindsay | Mosquito Nets
Welcome back to Five Minutes, the podcast series where we speak to the most interesting people in the world of malaria. Today’s episode is brought to you live from Durham University where I met with Professorr Steve Lindsay to discuss his work in developing a new type of bed net. His research has hit the headlines, with coverage from The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Express and other news sites. His mosquito net, trialled in Burkina Faso, has been dubbed as ‘revolutionary’ with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives. From Durham University in the North of England, this is Five Minutes.
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August 22, 2018
Five Minutes with Professor Archie Clements | Curtin University
Welcome back to Five Minutes, the podcast series where we speak to the most interesting people in the world of malaria. Today I’m delighted to be joined by Professor Archie Clements who is Pro Vice-Chancellor of Health Sciences at Curtin University in Australia. He’s also an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, having received over $28 million in research funding, and authoring more than 190 peer-reviewed publications. 
I’m keen to know what he thinks about the Malaria World Congress that took place in Melbourne earlier this year, and his thoughts on the FDA’s approval of Tafenoquine. If you’d like to stay up to date with the latest malaria interviews, you can subscribe on iTunes and Spotify. Head to fightmalaria.uk/FiveMinutes for more details. 
This is Five Minutes with Professor Archie Clements.
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August 19, 2018
Five Minutes with Elena & Joanne | Feminism and Malaria
Welcome back to Five Minutes, the podcast series where we speak to the most interesting people in the world of malaria. Since the New York Times published a story detailing allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein in October of last year, there’s been a surge in feminism and the fight for equality. There have been huge societal shifts, with the Me Too movement demanding female empowerment, not only in Hollywood on the big screen, but across a variety of careers. Such is true with STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. And joining me today are two female malaria researchers Elena Gomez in Spain and Joanne Powell in Scotland. They’ve created a website called women in malaria, it acts as a communications platform for women working in malaria research. Live from Spain and Scotland, this is Five Minutes.
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August 15, 2018
Five Minutes with Dr Michelle Wykes | The Immune System's Response to Malaria
Welcome back to Five Minutes, the podcast series where we speak to the most interesting people in the world of malaria. Today I’m really excited to be joined by Dr Michelle Wykes all the way from Brisbane, Australia. She runs the Molecular Immunology unit at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and has been focusing on trying to improve the immune system’s response to a malaria infection. We discuss her recent work in malaria research which has been hailed as a breakthrough.
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August 12, 2018
Five Minutes with John Dowe | International Mefloquine Veterans' Alliance
In this episode of Five Minutes, we speak with John Dowe of the International Mefloquine Veterans Alliance. The Alliance is a network of individuals affected by the health impacts of Mefloquine and Tafenoquine. Their aim is to support those who are dealing with the complex health implications of the drug’s toxicity. If you have the opportunity, I’d highly recommend visiting their website, imvalliance.org and heading to the ‘Our Stories’ page. There you’ll be able to learn more about the people affected by Mefloquine toxicity. Remember, you can access all of these interviews online by heading to http://fightmalaria.uk/Tafenoquine2018
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August 5, 2018
Five Minutes with Professor Jane Quinn | Mefloquine Widow
As part of our podcast series investigating the antimalarial drugs Tafenoquine and Mefloquine, I am thrilled to be able to speak with Professor Jane Quinn from the Charles Stuart University in Australia. She works extensively with military veterans exposed to quinolone antimalarials, to gain a better understanding of the neuropsychiatric health conditions that can be caused by their exposure. She also has first hand experience with Mefloquine, her husband was given the malaria drug whilst serving in the Australian army. I’m keen to know more about what Professor Jane Quinn thinks of the FDA’s approval of Tafenoquine, and whether money is being put before ethics when it comes to the development of quinoline drugs. Remember, you can access all of these interviews by heading to fightmalaria.uk/Tafenoquine2018. 
This is Five Minutes with Professor Jane Quinn.
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August 3, 2018
Five Minutes with Professor James McCarthy | The Safety Of Tafenoquine
Following our interview with Dr Remington Nevin on the FDA’s approval of Tafenoquine, the antimalarial drug, we’re excited to launch a series of podcast interviews surround Tafenoquine. We’ll be bringing you perspective from across the board, from doctors, researchers and veterans. We want to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard and that our coverage does not endorse a particular side or viewpoint. In this interview, Professor McCarthy tells us that Tafenoquine is different from Mefloquine and that the drug is very safe. This is Five Minutes with Professor James McCarthy.
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August 1, 2018
Five Minutes with Dr Remington Nevin | The Quinism Foundation
This interview follows breaking news released earlier this week that a new malaria drug, Tafenoquine, had been endorsed by the FDA. The drug treats relapsing P.vivax malaria and removes the malaria parasite from the liver. Some have hailed the drug’s approval as ‘good news’, notably the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, but many have been quick to criticize the FDA. Tafenoquine can have harmful side effects, some of which are neuropsychiatric and can have fatal consequences. Dr Remington Nevin is, I guess, the leader of the opposition. He runs an organisation lobbying against certain antimalarial drugs, such as Tafenoquine. This is Five Minutes with Dr Remington Nevin.
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July 29, 2018
Five Minutes with Thomas Stewart | The Mentor Initiative
In this episode of Five Minutes, we speak with Thomas Stewart, a Programme Manager from The Mentor Initiative. He tells us about his work in malaria control and why it's now more important than ever to eliminate malaria. This is Five Minutes with Thomas Stewart.
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July 22, 2018
Five Minutes with Reverend Colin Chambers | Nelson Mandela's Chaplain
Welcome to a very special edition of Five Minutes, the podcast series where we speak to the most interesting people in the world of malaria. Today is Wednesday the 18th of July, Nelson Mandela Day. This year marks a milestone in his legacy, it's his centenary. Nelson's story is one of forgiveness, hope and equality. He was the first black President of South Africa, focusing on throwing out the legacy of apartheid by ending racism, poverty, inequality, and on improving racial understanding in South Africa. Today we're joined by The Reverend Colin Chambers, who was the Prison Chaplain for Nelson Mandela during his time at Robben Island Prison. I wanted to know more about his experience with Nelson Mandela and to remember his legacy, 100 years on. This is Five Minutes with Reverend Colin Chambers.
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July 18, 2018
Five Minutes with Professor Jake Baum | Malaria Researcher
In this episode of Five Minutes, we speak with Professor Jake Baum of Imperial College London. He has been thrust in the spotlight for what the 'Independent' is calling a 'major malaria breakthrough'. His team is working on trying to find a set of compounds that stop mosquitoes from contracting malaria when they bite an infected person. A set of compounds have been identified, and I want to know more about what this will mean for the future of malaria. More Interviews: http://fightmalaria.uk/FiveMinutes
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July 15, 2018
Five Minutes with PMI VectorLink Project | Malaria Control
In this episode of Five Minutes, we speak with a representative from the PMI VectorLink Project. The project is equipping countries to plan and implement sustainable Indoor Residual Spraying programs and other life-saving malaria control interventions. PMI stands for the President’s Malaria Initiative and was established in 2005. The organisation works alongside USAID and other aid organisations to try and reduce malaria transmission. This is Five Minutes with the PMI VectorLink Project.
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July 8, 2018
Five Minutes with Fiona Nicholson | Sing For Uganda
In this episode of Five Minutes, we speak with Fiona Nicholson from The Portsmouth Grammar School. In the latter part of this interview, we speak with Ingrid from the Portsmouth Gospel Choir. Fiona organised a fundraising event titled Sing For Uganda, to raise money for a partner school called Kikaaya College. Ingrid grew up in Uganda and has personal experiences with malaria. This is Five Minutes with Fiona Nicholson.
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July 5, 2018
Five Minutes with Cheyenne Cook | Vector LearningXChange
In this episode of Five Minutes, we speak with Cheyenne Cook of the Vector LearningXChange Platform. The site has been designed for vector control stakeholders from around the world to learn from each other about the most effective ways to prevent malaria. Think of it as the Facebook of malaria control programmes. You can view all of the details about the Vector LearningXChange platform on our website, www.fightmalaria.co.uk This is Five Minutes with Cheyenne Cook.
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July 1, 2018
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