Utah Valley Global Health Group

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TV Programming

Posted by ryanlindsay on June 28, 2008

Child Survival

I’ll be tuning into see the Child Survival Project sponsored by UNICEF. CNN will highlight four areas where UNICEF demonstrates its remarkable on-the-ground expertise in doing whatever it takes to save a child:

* Child protection in Iraq
* Water and sanitation in Laos
* HIV/AIDS in Peru
* Child survival interventions in Ethiopia

I thought I’d pass the news along. It will air at 8 pm and 11 pm ET on July 6th.

A Walk to Beautiful

This past month a Nova program called “A Walk to Beautiful” highlighted fistula and other gynecological problems affecting mothers in Ethiopia. Ethiopia has a population of 77 million but only 146 gynecologists and obstetricians, leaving perhaps 100,000 women to suffer fistulas. This documentary brought out the pain and yet the hope in a very dire circumstance. The show has stopped airing but can still be seen on the Internet using the following link.

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4 Responses to “TV Programming”

  1. chads said

    Thanks for the heads up, Ryan!

  2. ryanlindsay said

    I thought the CNN Child Survival Project was good but I wished they could’ve delved a bit deeper. It was basic and aimed at an audience oblivious to conditions in the developing world, of which there are plenty. Some of us that poke around here have a Mozambique link and so this one looks to be much better.

    -see below-

    Important show to be broadcast July 15, 9pm on PBS!

    (And after the broadcast I think you will be able to watch the entire
    show online)

    Description:

    The film Birth of a Surgeon follows Emilia Cumbane, one of the first
    midwives-in-training. She performs cesareans and hysterectomies in
    makeshift operating rooms in rural Mozambique. We follow Cumbane from
    her home in the Mozambican capital Maputo, into intensive medical
    classes, through night shifts in the delivery wards, and watch as she
    fights for recognition of her surgical competence.

    With more than half a million women dying in pregnancy or childbirth
    worldwide, Mozambique’s surgical training programs are being hailed as a
    model solution in confronting the maternal health crisis facing
    developing countries. The film captures one woman’s story on the
    frontlines of improving maternal mortality but it also demonstrates how
    low-cost, community-based health initiatives are changing the face of
    public health in Africa.

    “I like to be a midwife,” Cumbane says. “I think it’s a good profession
    – to produce people.”

    The first class of almost 30 surgical midwives trained in delivery
    techniques and advanced surgery will graduate in July 2008.

  3. ryanlindsay said

    Actually for Utah that will be on KUED Channel 7 at:

    Tuesday, July 15, 11:00pm

    Thursday, July 17, 2:00am

  4. chads said

    The CNN program seemed to be a plug and fund raiser for UNICEF more than anything else. Not that I have anything about UNICEF, but I, too, would have appreciated a more in depth look at the challenges and potential solution. I think that most would agree that what we DON’T need is intermittent flooding of funds followed by famine. Child survival interventions require health systems development, including community engagement, human capacity development, etc.

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