How can we prevent the spread of haemorrhagic viruses such as Ebola within
a divided and weakened global health system that only seems to respond when West is threatened? The epidemic potential of diseases such as Ebola has revealed not only the weaknesses of national health systems, but also the gaps in the World Health Organisation,
fragmented and dominated by Western countries’ internal security priorities rather than by a comprehensive approach to public health management. Moreover, conflict and political instability prevent the establishment of credible national public health
surveillance networks and the ability to control global epidemic threats. Faced with these constraints, how can we create a fair and equal global health policy? Survivors offers an immersion experience at the heart of the Ebola epidemic
in Sierra Leone in 2014, revealing the complexity of a deeply political and social outbreak.
This film (2018, 84 minutes, in English) will be followed by:
A conversation between Arthur Pratt, Director of the film,
and Annie Sparrow, Paediatric intensivist and Global Health specialist, Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine.
Followed by a panel discussion with:
- Karl Blanchet, Director of the Health in
Humanitarian Crises Centre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (moderator)
- Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
- Joanne Liu, International President, Doctors Without Borders
The screening is organised in partnership with the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) and Doctors Without Borders. The FIFDH Festival will take place from 8 to 17 March 2019.
Entry is free, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.