Al Jazeera English is to air a series looking at the work of inspiring health workers who aim to control, eradicate or eliminate some of the world’s worst diseases.
In Lifelines: The Quest for Global Health the show takes an in-depth look at these local ‘heroes’ who tackle eight of the most crippling conditions that afflict impoverished communities and which are often forgotten by the West: guinea worm, malaria, maternal and neo-natal mortality, leprosy, rabies, polio, river blindness, schistosomiasis (bilharzia), and trachoma.
“Lifelines gives powerful voice to communities that are rarely heard and shows that even in the face of the most horrendous diseases imaginable, local health workers are at the centre of the global fight to eliminate them.” – Executive Producer Ingrid Falck
Led by husband and wife team – Clifford Bestall (Series Director) and his wife, Dr Michéle Youngleson, (scientific advisor), Lifelines is at once both shocking and heartwarming.
The first film in the series, Island By Island, looks at the prevalence of rabies in the Philippines and premieres at 2000GMT on Thursday April 10th.