Dr. Sania Nishtar is one of the leaders of a new movement in Global Health proposing the reform of entire health systems. In this landmark documentary, she leads award-winning director Randall Wright on a journey through the health system of her native Pakistan, a country where 73% of the population have no financial health coverage. In Pakistan, the smallest of medical problems can be a matter of life and death, and reform is all but impossible without confronting the powerful, vested interests that exist everywhere within the health system. Dr. Sania Nishtar is taking a stand.
How is it that the same megastorm can take so many lives in one country, while just across the border people survive the chaos and devastation? And as the frequency and intensity of hurricanes, typhoons and hugely destructive storms seems to be increasing, what can we all learn from Cuba?
For millions of people glaciers are a major store of fresh water, collecting in the winter and then melting in the hotter dry season and keeping rivers flowing, farmers farming and cities supplied with drinking water. This is much more than an environmental disaster.
Warmer weather also pleases the mosquitos that spread Dengue fever, a sometimes fatal disease that has recoded a 30x increase in cases in 50 years. Up to 500m people suffer Dengue. Getting it once is bad, but a second infection from the day-time biting mosquitos can cause dengue hemorrhagic fever, dengue shock syndrome - and death.
10 yrs ago a European heat wave killed 70,000 people. We used to get 3 days that hot every decade, but it's going to rise to 40 days. If Europe is struggling to adapt, how will the rest of the world cope?