Front line health workers provide the first, and often the only, care for millions of people in poor countries. But too often they lack access to essential information and training. As a result, many of their patients die every year from medical conditions that could be easily prevented or treated. The lack of basic knowledge among the general population compounds the problem as people may not realize the need for treatment and delay seeking care.
When training is available, it is costly, requiring travel to major cities while health workers leave their home clinics unattended. Worse, the training is often ineffective. The passive, didactic lectures often fail to illustrate hands-on experiences so critical to learning. And written materials can be ineffective due to language and literacy barriers, complexity of the content, and failure to acknowledge the challenges of delivering care in low-resource settings.
In a field where identifying clinical symptoms and developing practical skills are paramount, new approaches are desperately needed and Global Health Media are providing a solution.
Their short engaging videos provide a simple and effective solution to help health workers and communities gain the knowledge and basic skills that can save people’s lives.
In low-resource settings where literacy and language are obstacles to learning, step-by-step visual instruction has enormous advantages, especially when voiced-over in the local language. Video draws the eyes and ears to all the subtleties that make for good skill acquisition, and helps make learning “stick.”
Global Health Media Project designs and develops videos that are tailored to the needs of health workers and populations in low-resource settings. Internet and mobile technology give us the power to reach large numbers, cost-effectively and across vast distances, resulting in significant impact at minimal cost per patient. Their unique approach to developing visual tools will help give front line health workers and communities everywhere easy access to even more information known to save lives.
The Story of Cholera Video
The Story of Ebola Video
Inspiring words from founders story
“In a remote corner of South Sudan—where I was running a medical program with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders in 2008—I was called to a difficult birth in the middle of the night. When I arrived our doctor and midwife were trying to resuscitate the baby. I quickly realized that they didn’t know how and I intervened. We started giving the baby breaths and he soon started breathing on his own.
This experience affected me deeply. I thought of all the health workers across the world who face the anguish of a newborn not breathing and don’t know how to help. It’s an infrequently needed but life-saving skill—a skill every birth attendant needs to know.
I imagined video zooming in on that relatively simple resuscitation procedure—showing health workers how a limp blue newborn can come alive with breaths. It’s extraordinary to see. I knew if health workers could see that, they would never forget it. It was in that moment that the first seeds of Global Health Media Project were planted.”