The Gilded Vectors of Disease

The series is now available to listen on-line. Tune in at 7:30pm on World Malaria Day (April 25th) for a live edition of the programme.

From the 1929 central London landmark building, the School’s current home, intrepid pioneers of public health research and disease control continue the School’s historic tradition as a global institution whose work has helped to change and save lives on a far-reaching scale. It is active in almost every country in Africa and its work has spanned all continents.

A golden MOSQUITO adorns the front of the School, wih seven other gilded vectors of disease. These have slithered, scurried, flown and bitten into the lives of humans down the ages and into our modern life, often viewed with horror or disgust, even with surprising love. Each 30-minute programme takes one of these potent symbols of pestilence as its theme to explore how the RAT, the LOUSE, the SNAKE, the FLEA and more, have plagued us through history and how science is winning the war today.

Series Producer & Presenter REBECCA TREMAIN
Series Co-producer & Editor ROB FALCONER
Script Consultant GARY MERRY