Survival – a new BBC global health series showcases malaria

I have a lot of respect for the BBC and the quality programming they produce, especially when it deals with global health. “Survival” is a new global health documentary produced by BBC World News. The series began October 4th and ends on November 29th – including an entire episode dedicated to malaria which will air on October 18th. According to their website, the Imperial College of London played some role and the project was also supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – which has financed other media outreach efforts including the terrific (but unfortunately poorly watched) PBS series called Rx for Survival. If the short five minute preview is indicative of anything then we can look forward to a passionate and informative tale of malaria and the communities it affects.

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2 Responses to “Survival – a new BBC global health series showcases malaria”


  1. 1 Rukhsana October 17, 2008 at 6:24 am

    Naman, I am impressed on how you keep up with news on malaria. Indeed if the malaria episode looks anything like the preview it is likely to help a section of the public become more aware of the problem of malaria. However this raises the question on how it may help to have any impact on the needy population in the malarous regions of the world?

  2. 2 naman October 21, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Rukhsana,

    that’s a great point – its always a challenge to translate direct media to direct imapct (but I would argue that this need not be a goal).

    First, I think there is inherent and sufficient value in spreading knowledge itself. Learning about the lives of others (from all areas and walks of life), helps us understand and frame our own lives better.

    In terms of impact on the populations in malarious regions – that’s harder, but awareness of the disparity is a start.


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