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Many organizations around the world use our videos as teaching tools in their training programs. The information we learn from these users—through both interviews and surveys—is critical in helping us measure impact.

Please share your story with us, so that more health care providers can learn about these valuable tools and their application. Pictures and short videos are welcome. It’s an effective way for you to support our important work.


The ‘wow’ factor – teaching villagers in Uganda

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“The ‘wow’ factor of having videos and the power of being able to see what breathing difficulties look like cannot be underestimated. Once word spread in the village we went to last week, over 200 mothers turned up! We ended up having to do shifts to get everyone through.” In Uganda, Nick Smith is working to improve the recognition of sick children in rural areas. Nick—a British GP volunteering with the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health—said the reception to our videos has been extraordinary. Read Story.


“Learning so much by being able to see” – traditional birth attendants in South Sudan

Concern Worldwide is using our video—Warning Signs in Newborns, for mothers and caregivers—to help train traditional birth attendants in South Sudan. They have received very positive feedback on the two trainings they have done so far.

Adèle Fox (Health & Nutrition Programme Advisor) reports that the TBAs “said they had never been shown anything like this before and were able to learn so much by being able to see everything with their own eyes. Read Story.


“We’ve reached the unreachable” – The Story of Cholera in Sierra Leone

stories-cholerascreen2A Red Cross mobile cinema brought vital information on cholera transmission and prevention to 50,000 people throughout Sierra Leone. According to Red Cross volunteers Garber Joseph and Daniel James, “Sierra Leone has bad roads but with cinema we’ve reached the unreachable! Mobile cinema captivates people – we have had lots of communities asking us when we’re coming back.”

The tour visited schools and communities in all 14 districts in Sierra Leone. Read Story.


Community education delivered by video in Burundi and Rwanda

Red Cross National Societies in Burundi and Rwanda are using The Story of Cholera and the teaching power of video to reach vulnerable communities with key information on the prevention of diseases like cholera and malaria.

According to Sharon Reader, “Both countries launched mobile cinema and radio programmes last year as a means of community mobilisation and education. Read Story.


The Story of Cholera — essential for hygiene promotion in Lebanese refugee settlements

Challenging conditions in crowded refugee settlements in Lebanon require increased awareness and education on hygiene and the prevention of waterborne illnesses. For Solidarités International, who is working to improve living conditions for Syrian refugees, The Story of Cholera is now an essential part of this effort.

The Story of Cholera has become an essential part of our hygiene promotion activities in Lebanon,” says Miguel d’Arcangues, Solidarités International’s WaSH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and Shelter Coordinator. Read Story.


Red Cross using The Story of Cholera for hygiene promotion in Maasai community

The Red Cross in Tanzania has been working to improve hygiene and sanitation practices among the Maasai community. According to Nathan Vincent of the Red Cross, communities in the interior of the country often have little understanding of the causes of diarrheal diseases. In order to educate the population, they have organized sub-village meetings in which they showed The Story of Cholera (Swahili version) and provided additional information on better hygiene practices. Read Story.