Preparing for Malaria Vaccines:
African Scientists Speak Out

Malaria vaccine "champions" advocate for a life-saving intervention

Run time: 5 minutes. Copyright 2007, PATH.

Researchers and scientists working on new health interventions can help to close the costly gap between the availability of lifesaving interventions and developing countries' access to them. In this video, scientist-advocates describe their critical role in closing the gap.

A life-saving malaria vaccine could be available in just a few short years. Policymakers will need vital information from researchers to plan for its introduction, but all too frequently a gap in communication between the two results in slow decision-making. In the case of malaria, this could mean the difference between life and death for millions of children in Africa.

The PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) helps to bridge the worlds of science and policymaking by developing a cadre of malaria vaccine advocates. MVI's Malaria Vaccine Advocacy Fellowship trains researchers to be "policy champions" who will help to ensure that when it becomes available, a vaccine will reach the people who need it the most.