These Millennium Development Goals [reducing deaths of children and mothers] will only be achieved if healthcare providers are better supported to deliver safe, effective care. … The only route to reaching the health MDGs is through the health worker—there are no short cuts. – HIFA2015
We develop video series that cover critical topics in global health. Each of these series of brief videos dives into a micro-topic in detail. We choose subjects which both address a pressing global health need and can be effectively taught through video. We also produce an occasional stand-alone video for the general population (such as The Story of Cholera) when we see an urgent public health crisis where we think we can make a difference.
Newborn Care Series
We chose newborn care as our first initiative to help address the crisis of high rates of newborn mortality in developing countries. Almost three million newborns die every year. Most can be saved with low-cost, low-tech interventions. This series features 34 videos that bring to life newborn clinical guidelines in a memorable and engaging way. The series covers newborn skills, newborn problems, and special care (including referrals and home visits). Read more: About the Newborn Care Series.
Our childbirth series is designed to improve the quality of care during childbirth and protect the lives of birthing women. Ten million women suffer injury, infection, or disease in childbirth each year, and 300,000 of these woman die. The series features 12 videos around normal birth that demonstrate best-practice care during labor, birth, and immediate postpartum. They showcase a midwifery approach to care with a birth attendant working solo, the norm in small facilities throughout much of the developing world. Read more: About the Childbirth Series.
Of all preventive interventions, breastfeeding has the greatest potential impact on child survival, yet only 40% of babies in the developing world are exclusively breastfed. Virtually every mother can breastfeed, if given appropriate support, advice, and encouragement, as well as practical assistance to resolve any problems. These 18 videos “show and tell” this important information to help health workers and mothers achieve greater breastfeeding success worldwide. Read more: About the Breastfeeding Series.
Small Baby Series
Nearly one million newborns die each year because they are born too small or too soon, making premature birth the leading cause of death for children under five. Many of these deaths could be prevented with simple interventions that can be taught well with video. The 27 videos in this series cover the care of small babies. The video content follows the Essential Care for Small Babies curriculum (2015) developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and based on the latest WHO guidelines. Read more: About the Small Baby Series.
The Story of Cholera
In response to the cholera epidemic that began in Haiti in late 2010, we produced an award-winning animated film—The Story of Cholera—which is designed to help affected populations around the world better understand cholera and how to prevent it. The story features a young boy who helps a health worker save his father and then guides his village in preventing cholera from spreading. By making the invisible cholera germs visible, this simple animated narrative brings to life the teaching points of cholera prevention. Read more: About The Story of Cholera.
The Story of Ebola
This animated film—produced in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UNICEF, and Yoni Goodman—is intended to be part of ongoing educational and awareness efforts that are critical in eradicating Ebola in West Africa. The story features a young girl whose grandfather dies from Ebola and puts the rest of her family at risk. The Story of Ebola makes visible the invisible Ebola germs to help people see and understand how Ebola spreads and how to protect themselves. Read more: About The Story of Ebola.
Photo credits. Childbirth: RN Mittal, 2009, Photoshare.