Headshot, Thomas Locke

By Thomas Locke
Co-Founder, Fight Malaria

In 2016, GSK and Comic Relief launched a national competition for students. Their challenge was to come up with new ways to fight malaria, focusing on either bed nets, education, new technologies or mosquito breeding grounds.

Focusing on education, I worked with Rohin Kachroo to produce an online hub of resources. We wanted to make public health advice concerning malaria easier to understand for populations with low literacy. As such, we designed a series of image-based educational materials, such as a ‘Symptoms Card‘ which is available to download today.

Learn more about Rohin Kachroo
I was inspired by the effectiveness of public health campaigns, like this one in Ghana.

Working alongside GSK, we were given advice on how to improve the website and, after months of hard work, we were invited to the competition final at the Science Museum in London. Following a short presentation and Q&A with a panel of industry experts, ‘Fight Malaria’ – the resource site – was awarded third place.

The Power of Podcasting

Since then, however, Fight Malaria has taken on a different focus. Today, I want to use the power of podcasting to connect the dots between the global efforts to fight malaria. Through interviewing key stakeholders, I want to bring you closer to the people behind malaria research, fundraising and policy implementation.

I’ve travelled the UK with my trusty microphone, interviewing at a number of locations – including a Biomedical Research Lab at Durham University.

Thomas Locke, Fight Malaria Interview with Penny Mordaunt
An Interview with the UK's International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt

The original aim to simplify malaria continues today with my weekly news podcast, Malaria Minute. It brings listeners up to date with the latest malaria news, from ‘policy to biology’.

I am also accredited by Harvard University through their Malaria course, you can view my certification here.

The Malaria Crossroads.

The World Malaria Report of 2018 states that progress against malaria has stalled. To truly achieve this lofty goal of malaria eradication, sustained efforts and increased funding are vital.

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