Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  26 minutes
Date:  2006
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Great Health Service Swindle

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Reversing the brain drain in doctors and nurses from developing countries.

Life 5 - The Great Health Service Swindle

For over forty years there's been a trickle of Ghanaian nurses to the English-speaking developed world. One widely quoted source says almost two thousand nurses left the country between 1995 and 2002. The exodus is set to continue as nurses opt to leave a crumbling health system to earn more abroad. In the UK, some nurses can earn more in a day than they could in a month back home.

Spending on health in Ghana has gone up but its value has declined. In 1990 it was $4.5 dollars per person per year. In 2004 the figure was $13.4 dollars. However, inflation means that Ghana is spending less in real terms per person. Most of that money goes to wages. For almost everything else, patients have to pay because the health service operates on a 'user pays' principle, the so-called 'cash and carry' system. The stresses of this system is one reason health workers leave.

'The visual impact of the gripping documentaries in the Life 5 series make them extremely powerful teaching tools for university, and indeed, other classrooms. In succinct episodes they raise and contextualise some of the most critical issues in the world today. These episodes are produced in an extremely objective manner and allow an audience easily to come to grips with an array of complex problems. They ought to be an indispensable part of the teaching curriculum.' Dr. Jeremy Sarkin, Visiting Professor of International Human Rights, Tufts University

'The importance of these films is that they are intended to raise awareness about global issues in young people, and can be used by anyone for this purpose. The quality of the films is excellent. They are documentaries about the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and include brief interviews with people who are actually involved in MDG programs, from various institutions and from the grassroots to executive level...The objective evidence about the current global crisis of insecurity, poverty, gender inequalities, environmental degradation, and lack of international cooperation is presented in a way that is both realistic and non-inflammatory.

Children are the future. Educational materials such as the Bullfrog Films are very important for the future of both humanity and the human habitat...The Bullfrog Films certainly can and should be shown to children, especially to high school students. But these films are most appropriate for those who prepare the children for responsible citizenship, including global citizenship. They are certainly appropriate for parents who want their children to know about the need for human solidarity and environmental sustainability. And, they are most appropriate for training teachers to plant the seed of global concerns in their students' minds and hearts.' Luis Gutierrez, Editor, Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence Research Newsletter


Awards

Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
American Public Health Association Film Festival

Citation

Main credits

Hopkins, Kim (film director)
Malde, Smita (editor of moving image work)
Kelly, Brenda (film producer)
Bower, Dick (film producer)
Andoh, Adjoa (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Smita Malde; executive producer, Brenda Kelly; series producer, Dick Bower.


Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Kim Hopkins

Television Trust for the Environment
Kim Hopkins
Executive Producer: Brenda Kelly
Series Producer: Dick Bower
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Ghana
Public Health
Sociology
Globalization
Development
Economics of Health Care
Economic Anthropology
International Relations and Geopolitics

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Anthropology
Developing World
Economics
Geography
Globalization
Health
Humanities
Millennium Development Goals
Sociology
United Nations

Keywords

brain drain, doctors, nurses, Ghana, Ghanaian nurses, nursing, inflation, developing countries, health service, inflation, health workers, cash and carry; "The Great Health Service Swindle"; Bullfrog Films

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