Thomas Locke, the Founder of Fight Malaria, has today been interviewed by the BBC.
Speaking to BBC Radio Cornwall presenter, Laurence Reed, he explained the project and outlined the UK’s role in the fight against malaria.
Tell me about the site?
The site is called Fight Malaria and is available at fightmalaria.co.uk. On there, every week, I produce a minute-long podcast on the latest malaria news, whether its on elimination or new research. I also produce a podcast called ‘Five Minutes’ which is also released weekly. In that, I interview those in the malaria field, whether a researcher or a community fundraiser, lots of different people with different stories to tell.
Why are you so fascinated with this subject?
I don’t feel that we know enough about malaria. A child dies every two minutes from this disease, it’s heartbreaking. But we are at a turning point now, there was a conference earlier this year in London. Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for International Development, was leading that and providing a great platform for world leaders to discuss the disease, so it’s a really interesting time in malaria. I’m certainly interested in learning about it, the science of it as a disease, but also in terms of the politics of it and how we can lead the way.
About the BBC:
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London.
About Fight Malaria
Fight Malaria assimilates malaria research and communicates key findings in podcast form. It also interviews scientists and decision-makers from around the world. It was created by Thomas Locke, a student in the UK, to improve public understanding of the disease.