Friday, October 28, 2005

Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge

About the Rx for Survival Project:

During the twentieth century, the world lived through a golden era in public health: vaccines were discovered, diseases were cured, and the average life expectancy rose by many years. In recent decades, however, this stunning progress has declined dramatically. Although life expectancy remains high in developed nations, in many countries of the developing world it has actually fallen.

The march to better world health has been slowed by the emergence of new and devastating diseases such as AIDS, SARS and West Nile virus, by microbial resistance to many modern drugs and by a global travel network that can turn a local disease into an international outbreak in a matter of hours.

Rx for Survival—A Global Health Challenge™ is a pioneering multimedia project that explores the current global health crisis and the solutions that promise to make our borderless society healthier. At the center of the project is a compelling six-hour documentary series premiering on PBS, November 1-3, co-produced by the award winning team of the WGBH/NOVA Science Unit and Vulcan Productions. In addition, a comprehensive Web site on offers in-depth information on global health issues, including an interactive atlas comparing socio-economic indicators with the spread of disease, essays and case studies on why global health matters, and classroom materials. Rx for Survival will be further extended by independent media coverage in the first week of November from TIME magazine, NPR, and The Penguin Press.

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