Thailands Condom King

Mechai Viravaidya aka Mr Condom

Mechai Viravaidya aka Mr Condom

I spend a lot of time berating the greed, corruption and stupidity of various Thai institutions and the people who run them but lets not forget there are many good people in the South East Asian country as there are in every place.

And there's no one whose worked more tirelessly in helping his fellow country men than Dr. Mechai Viravaidya aka Mr Condom (his name now literally means Condom in Thailand) In this weeks  People Fixing the World  from the BBC World Service takes a long look at this exceptional individual and his entrepreneurial spirit in taking not one but two of the late twentieth century greatest challenges that faced countries - overpopulation and the HIV/Aids crisis - and therepotentially devastating consequences on developing countries and how he firstly by himself to change the attitudes of the population towards safe sex and then taking on the bureaucrats within the Thai government to change how institutions view and tackle and impending humanitarian disaster.

Unusually to most educators and innovators in the field of health he uses his good humour to get the message across and this documentary looks at his career including interviewing the Condom King.