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: