In an effort to promote awareness of international health issues, we would like to recommend a variety of books and films highlighting various countires and health needs. Some are more directly related to healthcare than others, but all are worth the time to read and watch.
A Powerful Noise
A documentary following three women in Mali, Vietnam and Bosnia who work tireslessly to bring lasing change to their communities.
A Walk to Beautiful
A truly touching film following women in rural Ethiopia suffering form obstetric fistulas and the hospital dedicated to their recovery.
Born into Brothels
This film follows a photographer as she attempts to help children born in the brothels of Mumbai by moving into the red light district and teaching the children photography. Born into Brothels gracefully shows the challenges faced by these children and the difficulties of helping them dream of a life outside the brothels.
Children of War
Children of War seeks to demonstrate the terrible pychological effects that war has on children by following three children in Uganda who have been rescued from the Lord’s Resistance Army, a rebel group that has thrived on the child soldier.
Emmanuel’s Gift tells the store of a young man born with a disability in Ghana and his refusal to let his diability define who he is. This inspirational tale follows Emmanuels as he decides to ride his bike across Ghana to show his country that people with disabilities are not limited by their conditions but are capable to accomplishing their dreams just like anyone else.
I Am Because We Are
This film demonstrates a beautiful truth: the connectedness of people across all countries and cultures. Narrated by Madona, I Am Because We Are demonstrates the devastating effects HIV and AIDS has had on Malawi and the beauty the irrepressible human spirit.
Invisible Children is product of an accidental discovery made by three adventure-seeking young men in northern Uganda. It tells the story of thousand night-commuting children who flock to urban areas every night in order to escape capture by rebel soldiers of the LRA.
It’s A Girl
This documentary tells the tragic reality of being born a girl in many parts of the world. Filmed mainly in China and India, It’s A Girl sadly describes how many girls are eliminated at birth in countries where males are valued above females.
This film follows an OB/GYN as he attempts to return to his country of birth in order to work in a government hospital and the challenges he faces there. It also demonstrates some of the challenges faced by women in Afghanistan, one of the most dangerous places in the world to deliver a baby.
No Woman, No Cry
No Woman, No Cry follows women in Tanzania, Bangladesh, and Guatemala highlighting the needs for improved maternal health care and some of the simple solutions that have made significant improvements in women’s health.
The Human Experience
This film is an inspirational story about two brothers who decide that they want more out of life. They chose to spend a week living with the homeless on the streets of New York City, followed by volunteering in an orphanage and hospital for children in Peru, and ending with a trip to Ghana where they learn about life for those living with AIDS and Leprosy.
Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilema
Triage tells the story of Dr. Orbinski, former director of Doctors Without Borders and the time he spent in Somalia and Rwanda. His experience as a physician during the Rwandan genocide provides one of the most insightful perspectives on the condition of humanitarian aid and medical relief today.
War Dance documents a school in northern Uganda that is participating in a national music competition. The small school is run in a refugee camp occupied by villagers who have been displaced from their homes by the LRA. The film focuses on three children whose lives have been devastated by the LRA and the healing they have found in music and dance.
"We believe that medical professionals need to be aware of the urgent health and humanitarian needs of much of the developing world. We strive to promote an awareness of those needs and hope that that awareness will lead to a life-long desire to take part in international humanitarian service." - SGHA Values
Half the Sky: Turing Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
By Nikolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
This is an amazing book for anyone interested in women’s issues of all types around the world.
The Hospital by the River
By Hamlin and Little
An inspiring story of two people who built a hospital dedicated to the poorest women in Ethiopia. Hamlin takes readers through the history of their hospital, as well as the history of Ethiopia and the field of Obstetrics and Gyenecology.
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