About Bending the Arc
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As the poorest nations battled intractable diseases, a fledgling group of unstoppable health advocates took on a seemingly impossible mission: global health equity. In 1980s Haiti, in a remote region devastated first by tuberculosis and later by AIDS, Harvard medical student Paul Farmer, idealistic physician Jim Yong Kim, and activist Ophelia Dahl successfully raised funding and opened a clinic—but their patients weren’t surviving after returning home from treatment. The team eventually realized that clinical treatment wasn’t enough; they needed to radically change the way they interacted with the community. Through dramatically increased cultural sensitivity, pointed listening skills, local partnerships, and home visits, prognoses improved mightily, and the revolutionary Partners In Health was born.
This revelatory, vigorously researched documentary follows the dramatic success of a hands-on community health model that has, since its first project, rescued millions of lives. From a deadly multidrug-resistant TB epidemic in 1990s Peru to the first Ebola cases in Rwanda, this approach, and the intrepid team that envisioned it, transformed global health.
Reaching far beyond the issue of health care, Bending the Arc shows how moral imagination, strategy, and sheer will together can change the trajectory of the world, bending the arc of the moral universe closer to justice.
Directed by: Kief Davidson & Pedro Kos Produced by: Cori Shepherd Stern Executive Producers: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Damon and Heidi Lindelof
About the Event
When: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Where: Online from the comfort of your home or office
Time: 7pm ET/4pm PT
Topic: Global Health and Social Justice Discussion - Meet the Founders of Partners In Health
Dedicated to providing health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations to combat the global spread of infectious disease, Partners In Health is actively involved in finding community solutions to the current pandemic. This live discussion provides an opportunity for deeper awareness of how socio-economic inequality results in health and medical inequities, contributing to the spread of disease among the resource-poor populations. Those who attend will also be empowered to look at these issues in their own communities and inspired to develop strategies to advocate for their most vulnerable neighbors. When used as part of the curriculum, it provides an exciting remote learning experience centered around the intersection of global health and social justice.
The story of Partners In Health is the subject of the best-selling book Mountains Beyond Mountains and the inspiring documentary Bending The Arc from executive producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Damon and Heidi Lindelof. The event will be moderated by Tabitha Jackson, Director of The Sundance Film Festival.
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Additional Related Content for Classes
Additional related content can be found in ProQuest One Academic and integrated into classes. Highlights include:
• Dissertations: Farmer, Paul E. AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame, Harvard University, 1990.
• Scholarly Journals: Farmer, Paul, et al. "Community-Based Treatment of Advanced HIV Disease: Introducing DOT-HAART (Directly Observed Therapy with Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy)." Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 79, no. 12, 2001, pp. 1145-51.
• Magazines: Kim, Jim Yong. "The Human Capital Gap." Foreign Affairs, vol. 97, no. 4, 2018, pp. 92-102.
• News Articles: Murphy, Kate. "Contact Tracing Is Harder Than It Sounds: News Analysis." New York Times (Online), May 23, 2020.
• Blog: Kim, Jim Yong. "The World Bank’s Strategy for Addressing Fragility in Sub-Saharan Africa.
• Additional Videos: The short Oscar®-nominated documentary Open Heart
• Books: the best-selling book Kidder, Tracy. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World.* Random House Publishing Group, 2003.
*Not available in ProQuest One Academic. Libraries can purchase on LibCentral or OASIS for 20% discount (1 user)
About the Speakers
Tabitha Jackson was appointed Director of the Sundance Film Festival in February 2020, having previously served as Director of the Documentary Film Program at The Sundance Institute since 2013. Throughout her career in film and public broadcasting she has been committed to supporting the independent voice, championing the social and cultural power of artful cinema, and furthering the mission of uplifting a more expansive set of makers and forms.
Tabitha Jackson, Moderator
Dr. Jim Yong Kim is Vice Chairman and Partner at Global Infrastructure Partners. Kim co-founded PIH, where he developed treatment programs for MDR-TB and AIDS in Haiti, Peru, and several other countries. From 2003 to 2005, Kim served as Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department. In 2009, he was named the 17th President of Dartmouth College. Pres. Barack Obama nominated Kim to become the 12th President of the World Bank Group, a position he held from July 2012 to February 2019.
Jim Kim, Co-Founder of Partners In Health
Dr. Paul Farmer is Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Co-founder and chief strategist of PIH. Farmer and his colleagues have pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.
Paul Farmer, Co-Founder of Partners In Health
Ophelia Dahl co-founded Partners In Health, which began in Haiti’s rural Central Plateau more than 30 years ago and now serves millions of patients in 11 countries around the world. PIH’s community-based model has helped to redefine what’s possible in health care delivery in settings of poverty, proving that diseases that stalk the poor can be effectively treated. Dahl led PIH as executive director for 16 years and now chairs its Board of Directors.
Ophelia Dahl, Co-Founder of Partners In Health
Partners In Health is a global social justice organization now leveraging its more than thirty years of experience to fight the coronavirus pandemic globally and in the U.S. and to advocate for equitable health systems.
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