Episode 51: Global Health

World AIDS Day Poster

This week’s image is courtesy of the World AIDS Campaign.

Monday, December 1, is the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day. In honor of this campaign, Distillations is considering global health. First, we take a look at how silver can be used as an antimicrobial agent, specifically in a low-cost water filtration system. Then we talk to Seema Shah, a bioethicist and lawyer affiliated with the National Institutes of Health, about the ethics of conducting clinical trials in developing countries. Finally, we learn about the Meningitis Vaccine Project and the quest for an affordable vaccine.  Element of the Week: Silver.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:32 Introduction
00:58 Element of the Week: Silver
02:59 A Conversation with Seema Shah
07:54 Mystery Solved! Affordable Vaccines
11:27 Closing Credits

Resources and References

To learn more about silver as an antimicrobial agent, check out this article from Medical News Today, published in 2005.
For more about the Meningitis Vaccine Project, look here.


Special thanks go to Dominique Tobbell for researching the show.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music is “Malaika,” by Marimbas from Mother Africa, “Africanimba,” by Incidental Fusion, and “Moon Over Mohabi – African Chant,” by Al Phlipp and the Woo Team.

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