Bending the Arc: A Film about HealthCare as Human Right

Wed, Mar 28 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Franklin Patterson Hall, East Lecture Hall

In this special CBD Student group, we’ll screen the film, Bending the Arc, and discuss. The film describes the experience of Jim Yong Kim, Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, who worked to bring resources to build health clinics to Haiti, and eventually, Peru and Rwanda.

Idealistic but very inexperienced, they suffered early failures that made them question the way they were delivering health care. This led them to develop, in partnership with the patients themselves and guided by medical anthropology, a revolutionary and controversial model: training their friends and neighbors—Haitian villagers—as health care workers.
Despite resistance from the outside world, they treated diseases that experts had determined could not or should not be treated in the poor because of expense and difficulty. The work they began in Haiti—creating a model of how to deliver the high-quality care in under-resourced areas—would eventually grow to have global effects.

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