How the pharmaceutical industry’s hunt for profit potentially puts millions of African lives at risk.
Malaria kills 500,000 people every year. Artemisia is a medicinal plant that has been in use for over 2000 years, and the active ingredient artemisinin is the main ingredient in today’s malaria medicines produced in the West, and sold expensively to African countries. But the plant can easily be grown locally, and research shows that the plant acts as both effective treatment and prevention. But WHO will not approve the use of the plant, and local producers will not be allowed to produce it in a more effective pill form. The documentary reveals in a provocative way how profitable malaria prevention has become, and how both the authorities and the WHO are being pressured by the pharmaceutical industry to block proven effective natural medicine out of the market.