BBC World health series feature maternal and child survival issues
25 October and 8 November 2008
BBC World News television starts broadcasting a new nine-film series entitled "Survival" profiling some of the world's most serious diseases from this month. Each fifty minute film is set in a different community and focuses on a health challenge, including TB, HIV, malaria, maternal mortality, childhood diseases, pneumonia and neglected tropical diseases. "Survival" offers a unique insight into how the poorest communities strive to overcome these immense health burdens.
The "Survival" films are broadcast on BBC World News in English each week from the 4 October 2008 for a nine-week period.
4 October - Survival: Neglected Tropical Diseases
11 October - Survival: Sleeping Sickness
18 October - Survival: Malaria
25 October - Survival: Maternal Health
8 November - Survival: Child Survival
15 November - Survival: HIV/TB
22 November - Survival: Acute Respiratory Infections
29 November - Survival: Worms
29 November - The World Debate: Survival Health Debate
Several programmes in the "Survival" series feature maternal and child survival emergencies. The short film on maternal and newborn survival follows Marjana and Rashida -- two women in Bangladesh through pregnancy and childbirth. Their stories portray how a great majority of women--90%--in their country have to deliver their babies without skilled care and counselling.
The series were produced by a partnership of Rockhopper TV, Imperial College London, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners. The series are launched in London, Tokyo, Paris and Berlin, with the aim of advocating the health messages among broader development partners: governments, research organizations and the media. The programmes were developed in cooperation with multiple development organizations.