Tuesday, April 21, 2009

That's a wrap!

The term if winding down and we won't be having another Brown Bag Film Club meeting this year. But don't worry, there are still plenty of global health videos out there for you to get your fix over the Summer! I just wanted to leave you with a few links to some good ones.

Global Health Council: http://www.globalhealth.org/view_top.php3?id=689
The Global Health Council has a list of links to videos on a range of global health topics -- some of them are ones we've watched already. Check it out, it looks like there are some good stuff (like Madonna interviewing Paul Farmer!)

Rx for Survival: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/rxforsurvival/series/video/index.html
The video on the smallpox eradication program is located here. There's also a video on oral re-hydration therapy, and various other vaccination and eradication initiatives.

NOVA video archive: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/archive/int_heal.html
NOVA has a lot of videos on health issues available on line. These include documentaries on child health, HIV/AIDS, women and maternal health in Ethiopia, and one that follows a US army mobile medical unit that provides treatment for communities in Iraq. Those last ones cover some issues that don't get a whole lot of attention, and are pretty interesting, but a little intense. There are also other videos here focused that don't focus on global issues, but they're good.

Frontline: Sick Around America: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sickaroundamerica/
Earlier this term we watched most of the mini documentaries in the Frontline series "Sick Around the World." This video, which focuses on the US system, is the followup to those videos. Together these documentaries provide an interesting context to think about how Global Health is a two-way street, and how we can all learn from each other!

OK, thanks to everyone who participated in the SEGH BBFC, either by coming to the screenings or just watching on line. Hope everyone has a great summer!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Today we'll watch another video from the BBC's "Rx for Survival" series. It's about Sleeping Sickness, which infects a lot of people but doesn't get the same attention as diseases like HIV and Malaria. Here's the link:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Rx for Survival

PBS did a good series on global health challenges called "Rx for Survival." This week in the SEGH Film Club we'll be watching portions of the film "Disease Warriors," which looks at the smallpox eradication campaign in the 60s and 70s (pretty much the most famous global public health effort ever) and a similar recent campaign to eradicate polio.

Stop by to watch these videos about the past and present (and future if we have time!) of global eradication programs.

If you can't make it, you can see these and other videos in the "Rx for Survival" series here:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sick Around the World

This week we'll be watching excerpts from the PBS Frontline documentary, "Sick Around the World." Which looks at the health systems in 5 countries: The UK, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, and Switzerland. As the Frontline website says, "each has a health care system that delivers health care for everyone -- but with remarkable differences."

You can access the videos here:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Survival - The Deadly Combination

This week we'll be screening an episode of the BBC's very cool Survival documentary series. "The Deadly Combination" examines the impact that extremely drug resistant (XDR) TB is having on people and societies. It deals with some controversial approaches, such as quarantine, to dealing with the illness.

Hope to see you there! If you can't make it, you can view the documentary here:

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

TAC: the first 5 years

This week in the SEGH film club we'll be watching a short film called "Treatment Action Campaign: the first 5 years." TAC is an organization in South Africa that was pivotal in expanding access to ARV treatment for HIV+ people there. Find out more about TAC here, and view the video (in 3 parts) below:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Today SEGH Brown Bag Film Club is screening a short film about TCM. Here it is in 3 parts: