Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2002
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Health Protestors

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Health care advocates demand universal health care for the world's population at international convention in Dhaka.

City Life - The Health Protestors

In 1978, the World Health Organization's Alma Ata conference promised to deliver basic health care for all the world's population. Today, that promise remains unmet in too many countries and cities of the developing world where health is still the prerogative of wealthy elites -- and the poor remain trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty and ill-health.

Frustrated by the failure of the international community to deliver on its promises, doctors, health professionals, and civil rights activists from around the world convened in Dhaka in December 2000 at the People's Health Assembly. Their mission was to draw up a charter of their own demands for health care, framed in the new People's Health Charter.

This third episode in City Life follows the process -- from a fifty thousand-person rally in Calcutta, through heated debates with World Bank spokespeople in Dhaka and argumentative late-night drafting sessions -- to the final triumphant publication of the Charter on the final day of the Assembly.

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Main credits

Bruce, Ashley (film director)
Bruce, Ashley (film producer)
Bruce, Ashley (screenwriter)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Kyriacou, Sotira (editor of moving image work)
Atkins, Rachel (narrator)

Other credits

Series editor, Jenny Richards; series producer, Luke Gawin; editor, Sotira Kyriacou.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Ashley Bruce

Television Trust for the Environment
Ashley Bruce
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

Health Care Costs
International Relations and Geopolitics
Economic Anthropology
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Medical Anthropology

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
International Studies
Social Justice


health, India, Bangladesh, Dhaka, People's Health Assembly, People's Health Charter, World Bank, international health care; "The Health Protestors"; Bullfrog Films

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