Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  24 minutes
Date:  2000
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Examines prospects for Vitamin A distribution programs in Guatemala and Ghana necessary for children's health.

Life - A-OK?

Vitamin A is essential for the functioning of the human immune system. In industrialized countries, foods like flour or sugar have been fortified with it for decades. But it's not the same picture in some developing countries, where children with Vitamin A deficiency run the risk of dying from common childhood illnesses like measles. The cost of ensuring all children receive enough Vitamin A is peanuts: capsules cost just 2 cents each, but improve children's chances of survival by as much as 25%.

This episode of Life looks at the prospects for two very different Vitamin A distribution programs in Ghana and Guatemala, and asks whether the best way to ensure all children have access to the nutrients that can help them lead healthy, fulfilled lives isn't new, genetically-modified crops -- like the experimental Vitamin-A modified 'golden rice' currently being developed in Professor Ingo Potrykus' lab in Switzerland, as part of an initiative supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

'Eleven million children under age 5 die worldwide each year from preventable diseases, yet only a few nonfiction films take on child mortality and its solutions...A-OK? Shows efforts to widely distribute vitamin A capsules to improve children's health in Ghana and Guatemala.' Sojourners Magazine


Main credits

Tatham, Di (film director)
Tatham, Di (film producer)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (film producer)
Lamb, Robert (editor of moving image work)
Briers, Lucy (narrator)

Other credits

Executive producer, Jenny Richards; series producer, Luke Gawin; series editor, Robert Lamb.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Di Tatham

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

Docuseek2 subjects

Public Health
Maternal and Child Health
Central America
Medical Anthropology
Genetically Modified Organisms

Distributor subjects

African Studies
At-risk Youth
Central America/The Caribbean
Death And Dying
Developing World
Food And Nutrition
Global Issues
Human Rights
Latin American Studies
Social Justice
United Nations


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