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YAWS, Mosquito App, Guilty bosses

Duration:
18 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 31 October 2012

In this week’s programme we look at the popularity of an ineffective way of dealing with mosquitos, using ultrasound signals from mobile phone apps and radio broadcasts. Malaria researchers are concerned people may believe such devices can protect them from being bitten by mosquitos. A radio advertisement promoting the insect repelling benefits of ultrasound recently won an award. However – there is no scientific evidence to support this, research shows the opposite, that ultrasound does not deter insects.

We follow an MSF campaign in Congo Brazzaville to treat remote communities who suffer from the syphilis-like disease YAWS. Eradicated from much of the world by the use of simple antibiotics, the disease persists in remote places where access to medical treatment is scarce.

And we ask why feeling guilt might be a good quality for leaders. According to new research people who feel guilt are not only more likely to emerge as leaders, but also be better managers.

Chapters

4 items
  • Mosquitos

    Why Phone Apps and radio signals using ultrasound to scare away mosquitos don’t work

  • Bites and chalk paste

    Does chalk paste ease the irritation of insect bites?

  • Yaws

    Searching for this rare but easily treatable disease in Congo Brazzaville

  • Guilt

    Why people who feel guilt make better leaders

  • Ubangi River, Congo

    Accessing remote rural communities in the Congo along the Ubangi River

    Accessing remote rural communities in the Congo along the Ubangi River

    © Benoit Finck

  • MSF vaccination campaign

    MSF vaccination campaign in a remote area of Congo Brazzaville
    MSF vaccination campaign in a remote area of Congo Brazzaville

    © Benoit Finck

  • MSF medical team in Congo rainforest

    MSF medical team visiting local people in the Congo rainforest

    MSF medical team visiting local people in the Congo rainforest

    © Benoit Finck

  • YAWS skin lesions

    Lesions created by the tropical disease Yaws

    Lesions created by the tropical disease Yaws

    © Benoit Finck

  • YAWS treatment camp

    MSF Yaws treatment camp in the Congo rainforest

    MSF Yaws treatment camp in the Congo rainforest

    © Benoit Finck

  • Treating young children

    Treating young children in the rainforest

    Treating young children in the rainforest

    © Benoit Finck

  • Mother and children

    Walking in the Congo rainforest

    Walking in the Congo rainforest

    © Benoit Finck

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