Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  23 minutes
Date:  2005
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Staying Alive!

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Poverty combined with lack of education and health services affect maternal mortality rates in Bangladesh.

Life 4 - Staying Alive!

Life visits Bangladesh to find out how the country is planning to cut the maternal mortality rate by three quarters by the year 2015. Every year, a recent WHO report shows, 529,000 women worldwide die in childbirth and pregnancy. Nearly all of these preventable deaths occur in developing countries, where problems of poverty, combined with lack of health and education services, make motherhood a dangerous undertaking. For over 20 years, the international community has pledged itself to improving maternal health. But until recently there has been very little progress. Now, in the Millennium Development Goals, 189 countries have renewed their commitment to reduce maternal mortality by 75 per cent by 2015. In Bangladesh, 50 women die during pregnancy or in childbirth every day. Will Bangladesh be able to deliver its promises to cut maternal mortality figures by three-quarters by 2015.

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Main credits

Shrestha, Subina (film director)
Shrestha, Subina (film producer)
Gabbay, Alex (film director)
Gabbay, Alex (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Chalk, Sophie (film producer)
Tikaram, Ramon (narrator)

Other credits

Music, Anusheh Anadll; series editor, Jenny Richards; executive producer, Sophie Chalk.

Distributor credits

Subina Shrestha and Alex Gabbay

Subina Shrestha and Alex Gabbay
Series Producer: Luke Gawin
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Maternal and Child Health
Reproductive Rights
International Relations and Geopolitics
Government Policy
Human Rights

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
International Studies
Millennium Development Goals
Reproductive Rights
Social Justice
United Nations
Women's Studies


Bangladesh, Southeast Asia, Asian Studies, women, women's rights, reproductive rights, maternal mortality, maternal morbidity, health, healthcare, WHO, Millennium Development Goals, MDGs; "Staying Alive!"; Bullfrog Films

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