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Bending the Arc

Follow the extraordinary doctors and activists whose work 30 years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all.

Director: Pedro Kos, Kief Davidson
Year: 2017
Time: 102 min

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“In the 30 years that I’ve been involved in the provision of health-care services to the poor and marginalised, I can think of no more dramatic example of a turnaround than that achieved in Rwanda.”

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Invest in Health Systems by Investing in Health Workers

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Partners in Health

Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair

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“The Ebola outbreak, which is the largest in history that we know about, is merely a reflection of the public health crisis in Africa, and it’s about the lack of staff, stuff and systems that could protect populations, particularly those living in poverty, from outbreaks like this or other public health threats,”

Watch the clip or read the transcript on  Democrazy Now.

The secret behind Rwanda’s successful vaccination rollouts

“The best medical treatment option in the world can’t save a single patient unless it is delivered at the proper time, with the proper plans and processes in place.”

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World Bank’s End Poverty Campaign

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The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer

In his book, “Mountains Beyond Mountains” Tracy Kidder tells the story of Dr. Paul Farmer and his mission to conquer diseases among the world’s poor.

Listen to the interview with the author on NPR.

Rwanda’s Historic Health Recovery: What the U.S. Might Learn

Over the last decade in Rwanda, deaths from HIV, TB, and malaria dropped by 80 percent, maternal mortality dropped by 60 percent, life expectancy doubled — all at an average health care cost of $55 per person per year.

Read the article from The Atlantic.

The U.S. spends more on healthcare than any other country — but not with better health outcomes

” Viewed from a global perspective, the current U.S. healthcare impasse underscores just how poor health outcomes for people in the United States are when compared with other countries.”

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