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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Missing Out

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Anemia threatens the population of Niger and Tanzania.

City Life - Missing Out

Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, and less than a third of the population has access to any health care. Malnutrition remains the main cause of maternal and infant mortality and well over half of all pregnant women suffer from iron deficiency anemia. This program from the City Life series follows two traditional birth attendants as they try to persuade women to take iron folate supplements and visit hospitals, which is often prohibitively expensive.

The program also visits Tanzania, where malaria is blamed for the increase in anemia. In some areas, ninety-three percent of children suffer from the condition. Unicef believes that the way forward is micromultinutrient pills which contain iron folate and other vitamins. But is this a sustainable solution for Tanzania? Unfortunately, the possibility that donors may pull out of distribution programs is high. Young, adolescent girls already constitute a majority of those missing out on supplemental programs. Mothers of the future are in danger.

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Main credits

Tatham, Di (film director)
Arkinstall, Ann (editor of moving image work)
Kitime, John (composer)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
McHale, Angela (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Ann Arkinstall; music, John Kitime, The Definitive Break; series producer, Luke Gawin; series editor, Jenny Richards.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Di Tatham

Television Trust for the Environment
Di Tatham
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

Maternal and Child Health
Public Health
Women's Studies
African Studies

Distributor subjects

African Studies
At-risk Youth
Citizenship and Civics
Developing World
Food And Nutrition
Global Issues
Human Rights
International Studies
Science, Technology, Society
Social Justice
Sustainable Development
Women's Studies


malnutrition, Niger, iron deficiency, anemia, Tanzania, maternity, malaria, supplementation distribution programs; "Missing Out"; Bullfrog Films

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