Global Health


  • Making Women's Health a Priority | Wide Angle

    In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Birth of a Surgeon," host Aaron Brown interviews Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) about a program which trains midwives to perform surgeries during pregnancy and childbirth in Mozambique, a country suffering from a shortage of doctors. Chan discusses the importance of targeting health initiatives toward Sub-Saharan Africa and women and highlights the role that governments should play in improving health care.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Joel Breman Thinks World Can Eliminate Malaria by 2050 - Full

    Learn about the current efforts to prevent the spread of malaria, from prevention techniques to the drugs that are available. Joel Breman talks about a how a new class of drugs and bed nets treated with insecticide can offer protection against the malaria-carrying mosquito.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Malaria Treatment and Prevention Strategies

    This video segment adapted from Rx for Survival examines malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, a disease that kills more than one million children there each year. It explains how a deadly parasite, a member of the genus Plasmodium, enters the bloodstream via a mosquito bite and how it multiplies once inside host red blood cells. The video reveals that drug counterfeiting has increased malaria's death toll, and that newer drugs, while more effective than older ones, are too expensive for most Africans to acquire. The video also highlights one simple and low-cost solution—bed nets—that can be used to combat disease transmission.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Rural Healthcare in Mozambique | Wide Angle

    This video segment from the Wide Angle film "Birth of a Surgeon" describes healthcare at the Hospital Rural de Manjacaze, a rural hospital in Mozambique.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Solving the Doctor Shortage in Mozambique | Wide Angle

    This video from the Wide Angle film "Birth of a Surgeon" provides an overview of the issue of maternal mortality in Mozambique and an innovative program to try to tackle this problem. The program trains midwives and nurses to perform cesareans and other life-saving procedures during pregnancy and delivery.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Innovative Approaches to Healthcare in Mozambique and Beyond | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    Using video from the PBS program Wide Angle, students learn about limited health resources in Mozambique and innovative approaches taken there and in other countries to combat public health problems. They will learn about the importance of healthcare for women and children. The students will also examine the importance of goverments in healthcare for their citizens.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Polio Outbreak in Syria

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on October 30th, 2013.

    Ten cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria -- the first appearance of the disease in the country since 1999. PBS NewsHour explores how the outbreak adds to the challenge of the humanitarian crisis and how the ongoing war has caused the destruction of the nation's medical infrastructure.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Clean Water Systems in Mexico

    In this video segment adapted from Rx for Survival, learn about the importance of clean water and sanitation systems. Hear the story of how, in the early 1990s, Mexico's entry into a North American trade agreement was threatened by a cholera epidemic. Find out how the Mexican government rebuilt the water and sanitation system to stop the spread of the disease and how the investment in clean water helped the country win the trade agreement.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Liquid Assets: Water and Public Health

    This video segment from a WPSU documentary Liquid Assets focuses on the enormous, though invisible, role, water resources play in the maintenance of public health. Often it is not until a large-scale epidemic strikes, that the importance of safe drinking water is driven home. Our water assets today are under tremendous pressure to provide this crucial service to ever expanding populations. Wastewater treatment is turning out to be an inadequate solution to health issues, because pollution is striking at the source of safe water. This segment brings to light the unseen iceberg that is water pollution.
    Grades: 9-12
  • Liquid Assets | A Water System

    Learn how New York City's drinking water travels from watersheds in upstate New York in this segment from the WPSU documentary Liquid Assets.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Roberto Bertollini Warns of Global Health Impacts of Climate Change - Full

    This Utah Education Network podcast features Dr. Roberto Bertollini of the World Health Organzation. He discusses the health impacts of climate change, and its disproportionate effect on citizens of developing countries.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Climate Change and Human Health

    Learn how human health is impacted by changes in the environment in this interactive activity adapted from A Human Health Perspective: On Climate Change by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Explore how global climate change affects health issues such as airway diseases, developmental disorders, mental health disorders, vectorborne diseases, and waterborne diseases. In addition, consider possible ways to reduce health risks.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Lori Hunter Describes Impact of HIV/AIDS on South Africa's Environment | EarthSky

    Population scientist Lori Hunter talks about some of the broad impacts of the HIV epidemic in South Africa, including a possibly unsustainable reliance on local resources.

    This resource is audio only.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Peter Piot Discusses Progress in African AIDS Epidemic

    Listen as UNAID's Peter Piot discusses how, despite progress in the fight against AIDS, we still have a long way to go. Piot has been on the front lines of the fight against AIDS in Africa for three decades.

    Grades: 6-12