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New animations from our participatory film workshop, part of the ground-breaking Girls’ Education South Sudan Programme

Our latest films are part of a ground-breaking education programme in South Sudan, where girls’ lives are being transformed by access to education, in a country where on-going conflict continues to have a devastating effect on schooling and the education sector. Working with Mott MacDonald’s UK Aid funded programme, Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS), Medical…

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Watch our first 360/VR film!

360/VR films are providing us with new and immersive experiences, changing the way we see the world. We are excited to share our first 360/VR film. Shot in rural Zambia, the film documents our work with the Ministry of Health running community health screenings over the past two years. For the first time ever, we are able to take…

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10th Anniversary celebrations at BAFTA 195 and brand new Showreel

On Monday 11th September we celebrated our 10th Anniversary at the incredible BAFTA 195 Piccadilly venue. The night saw 140 guests join us to fill the fabulous David Lean room, celebrating 10 years of saving lives through film. We were delighted to welcome renowned film director and long-term Patron Gurinder Chadha OBE, well-known actors Helen George and…

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A new film empowering girls and women with knowledge about menstruation

Having a period is a natural process and part of normal life for girls and women. However for many girls’ their journey into adolescence can be challenging and they may face significant pressures and stigma. Filmed in Kibera, Kenya, our new film provides an overview of menstruation and the processes that occur during puberty. The…

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New film celebrating the vital role of midwives globally

International Day of the Midwife celebrates the vital role midwives play in supporting women around the world through their pregnancy and childbirth. In many parts of the world however, there is an increased medicalisation of pregnancy and childbirth, with some women experiencing unnecessary treatments and procedures that can have negative effects on both the mother…

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Transforming malaria health education using mobile animation in Zimbabwe

Half the population of Zimbabwe live in areas with a high risk of malaria transmission. In response to the need for improved awareness about the disease, we have been working with Econet Wireless on an innovative project to reach health workers and communities with vital information – on their mobile phones. With over 9 million subscribers,…

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Girls’ Education South Sudan – Inspire. Educate. Transform.

Our latest film showcases a ground-breaking education programme in South Sudan, where girls’ lives are being transformed by access to education, in a country where ongoing conflict continues to have a devastating effect on schooling and the education sector. South Sudan is one of the toughest places on earth to be a girl in 2017. Famine has…

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A new film about safety in fistula surgery

Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating and serious injuries that can occur during childbirth. It affects between 50,000 and 100,000 women each year, mainly in low-income countries, and it is estimated that more than 2 million women live with untreated fistula in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa alone. Women who experience obstetric fistula not…

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We’re celebrating 10 years of transforming lives through film

2017 is a very special year for us at Medical Aid Films as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. During the year we will be reflecting on what we have achieved, sharing stories of our work and its impact around the world, and revealing some exciting plans for the future. But first, we would like to…

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Watch our 2016 show reel

We are so excited to share our brand new show reel showcasing some of our work in 2016. We have some very exciting plans for next year (our 10th Anniversary) which we cannot wait to share with you all in early 2017. Please help us continue to transform more lives through the power of film,…

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A new film about our collaboration with The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Women’s access to family planning and safe abortion care services is a real and current global health problem. 225 million women who want to delay or prevent pregnancy have no access to family planning globally and there are 22 million unsafe abortions each year. The majority of these women live in under-resourced countries and more…

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Read our Annual Review 2015 to see how we’re transforming lives through film

Medical Aid Films is a unique organisation bringing together health and medical expertise with creative film makers, in response to the global crisis in women’s and child health.

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In the recording studio with Her Excellency Toyin Saraki!

We were thrilled to be recording today with Her Excellency Toyin Saraki, for our new film A Midwife Like Me – which we are producing in collaboration with the International Confederation of Midwives. This film will celebrate the role of midwives around the world and the importance of normal birth.  Midwives play such an invaluable role in…

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Films in new languages for health worker training in Nigeria

We are delighted to launch a suite of 11 maternal and child health films in two new languages – Yoruba and Hausa – to support the development an innovative health worker training programme in Nigeria. This programme uses a tablet-based curriculum, developed with InStrat Global Health Solutions, Digital Campus, mPowering Frontline Health Workers and Ondo…

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New films about diabetes in pregnancy

Diabetes is considered to be the biggest global health crisis faced today.  Around 422 million adults live with the condition, resulting in 1.5 million deaths per year, and these numbers are expected to double in the next 20 years. But one type of diabetes that often goes unrecognized is gestational diabetes, which develops in pregnancy and…

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A new partnership to transform health worker training in Nigeria

Medical Aid Films, in partnership with InStrat Global Health Solutions, Digital Campus and mPowering Frontline Health Workers, are working with Ondo State Primary Health Care Development Board, to launch a new tablet-based maternal and child health training curriculum for nurses, midwives, and community health workers in Ondo State, Nigeria. The 12-week pilot programme supports in-service…

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What is an obstructed labour? Watch our training film for midwives

Obstructed labour is one of the most common causes of death during childbirth in developing countries. Labour is considered obstructed when the baby cannot descend through the pelvis, despite strong uterine contractions, which leads to wide-ranging and dangerous complications for both the mother and newborn. Medical Aid Films is delighted to launch Obstructed Labour: An…

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Watch how film is being used to help measure warning signs in pregnancy

Congratulations to researchers from King’s College London, whose Microlife Vital Signs Alert (VSA) device has been nominated as one of 30 ‘high-impact innovations to save lives’ in Reimagining Global Health, the inaugural report of the Innovation Countdown 2030 initiative. The Microlife VSA is the world’s first medical device to detect shock and high blood pressure…

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New films in Kinyarwanda

We are excited to launch two films in Kinyarwanda this week. Is your child sick? (covering symptoms of malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia in children) and What pregnant women need to eat (covering nutrition in pregnancy to support the health of mother and baby) are the first of our films to be dubbed in this language,…

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How can film transform lives? Watch our showreel

Watch now for a glimpse of some of the films we’ve produced in the last year. Well, what a year it’s been! We’ve produced 30 new films this year – films about respectful maternity care, puberty, and fistula nursing care – and in new languages such as Bemba, Luganda and Kinyarwanda. They’ve been watched over a million…

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Gurinder Chadha on Radio 4

Where can you hear The Clash and Bally Sagoo uttered in the same sentence? On Desert Island Discs of course, where Gurinder Chadha – writer, film director and Patron of Medical Aid Films – was discussing her life and musical influences this morning. Click here to hear Gurinder talking about her background and growing up…

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Caring for women with fistula. Watch our training film for nurses

Fistula is a devastating condition caused by childbirth, affecting an estimated 1 million women worldwide – it causes constant leaking of urine and faeces, which leads to shame and social stigma, and other health complications. Women with fistula are often outcast from their families and communities, and live in desperate isolation suffering from the physical…

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