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 21. January 2020

The syringe of hope - "Einstein" shows an impressive documentation of the first malaria vaccine for Africa

Market day in Akatsi in rural Ghana. In addition to the vaccinations against conventional childhood diseases, the children today are given a special agent: RTS,S. It is the first vaccine against malaria to be introduced as a routine vaccination in Ghana, Malawi and Kenya. It protects against a disease that still claims 400,000 lives every year. A large part of this success is due to Marcel Tanner, Director Emeritus of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and President of the R. Geigy Foundation. Since 1992, he has dedicated himself with unparalleled passion to the fight against the deadly disease. "Thanks to partnerships across different cultures and systems, we have succeeded in making the almost impossible possible," says Tanner. François Loriol's film takes viewers on an adventurous and emotional journey in which African tenacity and Swiss passion play the leading roles.