Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  23 minutes
Date:  2003
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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It Takes a Village

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A cyclone in Bangladesh results in the construction of an experimental community health center.

Life 3 - It Takes a Village

In 1991 a devastating cyclone struck the district of Chakaria in western Bangladesh. Foreign aid flooded into the region in the wake of that disaster, bringing much needed food, drugs, and other supplies. But in what is still a very conservative Muslim region, the very same aid bred dependency and mistrust.

What was needed in Chakaria was a real experiment in community participation, one in which the villagers could decide what kind of health services were necessary, and then take it upon themselves to facilitate those services. With this in mind, community doctor Moazzem Houssain from the International Centre of Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR.B) took up residence in Chakaria to work with the villagers on the construction of the district's first-ever health center.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE tells the story of the experiment: the obstacles the project had to overcome, the successes it has achieved, and the role that community health care provision can play in the framework of a national health care strategy.

With the support of the World Health Organization; the European Commission Directorate General for Development to promote better understanding of development issues; the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

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Main credits

Bruce, Ashley (film producer)
Bruce, Ashley (screenwriter)
Heath, Michael (narrator)
Meer, Riaz (editor of moving image work)
Iqbal, Muhammad (on-screen participant)
Legge, David (on-screen participant)
Houssain, Moazzem (on-screen participant)
Peattie, Siobhan (on-screen participant)
Mohuripara, Isahaque (on-screen participant)
Nahar, Ainun (on-screen participant)
Rahman, Zillur (on-screen participant)
Nazma, Nandita (on-screen participant)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)

Other credits

Music, The Definitive Break; editor, Riaz Meer; series editor, Jenny Richards.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Ashley Bruce

Television Trust for the Environment
Ashley Bruce
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Post-production producer:
Ron Orders

Docuseek2 subjects

Public Health
Urban Studies
International Relations and Geopolitics
Medical Anthropology

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Developing World
Global Issues
United Nations
Urban Studies


Bangladesh, community health center, Chakaria, foreign aid, Muslim, Moazzem Houssain, International Centre of Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, ICDDR.B, national health care; "It Takes a Village"; Bullfrog Films

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