This humorous and engaging video starring many famous faces illustrates the economic distortions in the American health system. (10 min)
This website has a variety of interactive maps focused on the United States, particularly regarding state-by-state variations in the Affordable Care Act.
This interactive website allows students to investigate variations in spending and care provision across the United States. While students will likely need some guidance in interpreting this information, it is an excellent supplement to instructor lectures on the US health care system.
Donka: X-Ray of an African Hospital
This feature-length documentary explores the challenges facing Donka Hospital in Conakry, Guinea.
HUMAN RESOURCES FOR HEALTH
This documentary explores Partners in Health’s Accompagnateur (Community Health Worker) program in Rwanda. This video is a good, basic introduction to the theory and practice of community health worker programs. (25 min)
This introduction to brain drain and task shifting focuses on compelling examples from Malawi and Pakistan. (8 min)
This case study in task-shifting describes a program in Liberia training midwives in Caesarean sections. (14 min)
In this Ted Talk, Raj Panjabi talks about his project, Last Mile Health, which trains, supports and pays community health workers. (20 min)
This interactive website allows students to compare the availability of doctors between different countries and over time.
HUMAN RESOURCES FOR HEALTH: THE CUBAN SOLUTION
This news report explains the methods and motivation behind Cuba’s innovative strategy to train doctors to reach underserved populations globally. (8 min)
This feature-length documentary explores Cuba’s medical schools.
This short documentary follows Cuban doctors in Haiti. (25 min)
POLIO ERADICATION IN PAKISTAN
Every Last Child – Tom Robbins
This excellent feature-length documentary explores the difficulties in eradicating polio in Pakistan.
In this funny and perceptive music video, Africans band together to provide aid for freezing Norwegians. (4 min)
This short film explores the history and present of American foreign aid. It engagingly describes the start of USAID after World Wart II, and clearly illustrates the political motivations behind aid. It also introduces some of the complicated consequences of food aid. (10 min)
These short case studies, a few pages each, highlight a range of successful collaborations in global health. They are excellent resources for students interested in success stories in the field.
This feature-length film examines some striking negative consequences of the “aid industry” and argues for supporting entrepreneurism rather than aid. While the film presents them in a positive light, such market-based “solutions” are also controversial, since expanding the reach of capitalism often does not lead to increased equity.
This feature-length film looks at the unintended consequences of development projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Focusing on Kenya, it tells the story of large-scale development projects from the point of view of those who suffer as a result of those projects.