Anya Sitaram is a journalist and filmmaker with a television career spanning over twenty-five years. She has directed and produced dozens of films for the BBC and other international broadcasters. A former health and science correspondent for British television, Anya has been specializing in films about global health for the last ten years. A Shot of hope was filmed over a period of seven years.
Making The Film
In 2007 the Rockhopper production team arrived in Burkina Faso in the middle of a Meningitis epidemic. Health centres were overwhelmed with seriously ill and dying patients while health officials struggled to cope with a shortage of emergency vaccines. But across the border in Mali there was a glimmer of hope. Scientists there had started clinical trials on a new vaccine. “Meningitis: A Shot of Hope” tells the uplifting story of the first vaccine tailor made for Africa which has resulted in the elimination of a disease that has plagued the continent for centuries.