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Life III Series
It Takes a Village

A cyclone in Bangladesh results in the construction of an experimental community health center.


A printer-friendly version of this page 23 minutes
Directed by Ashley Bruce
Produced by Television Trust for the Environment
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Post-production producer:
Ron Orders




In 1991 a devastating cyclone struck the district of Chakaria in western Bangladesh. Foreign aid flooded into the region in the wake of that disaster, bringing much needed food, drugs, and other supplies. But in what is still a very conservative Muslim region, the very same aid bred dependency and mistrust.

What was needed in Chakaria was a real experiment in community participation, one in which the villagers could decide what kind of health services were necessary, and then take it upon themselves to facilitate those services. With this in mind, community doctor Moazzem Houssain from the International Centre of Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR.B) took up residence in Chakaria to work with the villagers on the construction of the district's first-ever health center.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE tells the story of the experiment: the obstacles the project had to overcome, the successes it has achieved, and the role that community health care provision can play in the framework of a national health care strategy.

With the support of the World Health Organization; the European Commission Directorate General for Development to promote better understanding of development issues; the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

The other titles in this series are:

1. The Road from Rio - Questions the relevance and success of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

2. Danger: Children at Work - Guatemalan agencies try to discourage child labor and fireworks production by poor families.

3. The Trade Trap - Ghanaian farmers struggle to get a foothold in the international market.

4. Kosovo: Rebuilding the Dream - Assesses the success of UN efforts in rebuilding Kosovo.

5. The Perfect Famine - Examines the causes of, and solutions to, severe famine conditions in Malawi.

7. Seeing is Believing - Zambia begins a nationwide program to deliver Vitamin A to its population.

8. Cheated of Childhood - The International Labor Organization tries to rescue and rehabilitate the street children of St. Petersburg.

9. Patents and Patients - India battles HIV/AIDS using generic drugs.

10. The Doctor's Story - The US debate over abortion has severe consequences for health care in rural Nepal.

11. Sowing Seeds of Hunger - The AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa has crippled the agricultural community while forcing children to undertake the responsibilities of farming.

12. Up in Smoke - Dependence on tobacco crops and manipulation by the tobacco industry has stunted the economy of Malawi.



Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2003     Copyright Date: 2002
DVD ISBN: 1-56458-122-3     VHS ISBN: 1-59458-005-7





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It Takes a Village




Links
www.tve.org (The producer's web site)
www.tve.org/lifeonline/index.cfm?aid=1079 (Producer's resources)


Subjects
Asian Studies
Community
Developing World
Economics
Geography
Global Issues
Globalization
Health
Humanities
Sociology
United Nations
Urban Studies


Related Titles

The Health Protestors
Health care advocates demand universal health care for the world's population at international convention in Dhaka.

From Docklands to Dhaka
English MD travels to Bangladesh to improve community health.

Credit Where Credit is Due
Micro-credit organization in Bangladesh provides loans to village poor.

Community
Micro-credit is transforming the lives of women in Bangladesh.

King for a Day
A humorous but pointed look at globalization as Bangladesh tries to impress the President of the world's only superpower.

In the Name of Safety
False imprisonment violates due process in Bangladesh.


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