PBS' "Rx for Survival: The Heroes" Profiles Health Leaders Worldwide
April 12, 2006
PBS' "Rx for Survival: The Heroes" is a two-hour special documentary containing excerpts from "Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge," a six-part miniseries that aired in November 2005 and examined how public health discoveries have more than doubled life expectancy in developed countries over the past 100 years but are not being utilized to stop the spread of preventable diseases in developing countries ("Rx for Survival: The Heroes," PBS, 4/12). "By highlighting a few individual efforts, the film delivers signs of progress and hope," the New York Times said Wednesday in a review of the program, adding, "all the projects seem realistic as well as idealistic" (Stanley, New York Times, 4/12). The series, which is produced by the WGBH/NOVA Science Unit and Vulcan Productions, was filmed in more than 20 nations, and was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Merck Company Foundation and developed in partnership with the Global Health Council and other global health organizations and individuals (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/1/05). The special, which is narrated by actor Brad Pitt, profiles health leaders worldwide fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, including:
In an interview with TV Guide, Pitt said the series makes both the humanitarian and self-interest arguments for paying attention to global health. Pitt said the families he met while filming the series "really break [his] heart," adding, "You hold these children, who have already lost their parents to these diseases -- TB, AIDS, malaria -- and you know how vulnerable they are. And I look at them and I can't help but ask, 'What is their future?' And my response is, 'This is unacceptable'" (Rudolph, TV Guide, 4/10). Check local PBS listings for show times.
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