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Survival: Lives in the Balance


Program Description

The chance to improve the health and lifespan of people in the majority of the world has never looked better.

Millions of people, mostly children, still die each year from diseases that are treatable and preventable.  The vast majority of these deaths occur in the developing world.

A closer look shows the health landscape is changing.  Economic growth is lifting hundreds of millions of people out of extreme poverty and the circumstances that perpetuate disease.  New vaccines are being rolled out and there are new drugs in the pipeline for the worst killers.  Access to health is becoming a political priority across the developing world.  And, most importantly, funding has increased.

In each episode, SURVIVAL: Lives in the Balance brings us to a different country, and into the villages where people suffer from diseases and conditions the rest of the world has long since conquered.  In the Philippines, Uganda, Niger and Bangladesh, from pregnancy to birth, through the formative years of a child’s development to adulthood, we experience the pain of loss and witness the triumph of hope.

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Premiere

Released by American Public Television (APT) to public television stations on April 1, 2010.

Production Notes

While American Public Television, is releasing four episodes of SURVIVAL, the original BBC series included nine episodes. Watch the entire series online at: survival.tv.

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Sheryl lost her first son to pneumonia. Since then, her training has armed her with the skills to help other parents in her community to detect pneumonia at its early stages while it is still treatable.

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Sheryl lost her first son to pneumonia. Since then, her training has armed her with the skills to help other parents in her community to detect pneumonia at its early stages while it is still treatable.

Rosalind lives in the dump outside of Manila. She says every breath hurts. The filth, the crowded conditions, and the ever present smoke make it almost impossible for Rosalind to escape pneumonia.

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Rosalind lives in the dump outside of Manila. She says every breath hurts. The filth, the crowded conditions, and the ever present smoke make it almost impossible for Rosalind to escape pneumonia.

Mary has brought her youngest child to the hospital, where doctors are treating the infant for pneumonia. Mary and her family live on the street. Pneumonia has already taken the lives of two of her children.

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Mary has brought her youngest child to the hospital, where doctors are treating the infant for pneumonia. Mary and her family live on the street. Pneumonia has already taken the lives of two of her children.

One out of five children born in this village will die before the age of five. The people of Niger often suffer and many die from parasites and diseases that are no longer a threat it industrialized countries.

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One out of five children born in this village will die before the age of five. The people of Niger often suffer and many die from parasites and diseases that are no longer a threat it industrialized countries.

In this remote village of Niger, a doctor check the eyes of these children for signs of the blinding disease, trachoma.

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In this remote village of Niger, a doctor check the eyes of these children for signs of the blinding disease, trachoma.

Dangerous parasites lurk in the waters of Niger, a natural playground for the nation's children.

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Dangerous parasites lurk in the waters of Niger, a natural playground for the nation’s children.

This farmer lost his daughter to Malaria. He learned too late that, when caught early, malaria is easily treatable. Now Clovis grows the plant that contains the compound most successful in fighting malaria.

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This farmer lost his daughter to Malaria. He learned too late that, when caught early, malaria is easily treatable. Now Clovis grows the plant that contains the compound most successful in fighting malaria.

Rashida just gave birth to her second child. She is one of the few women in Bangladesh attended by trained professionals, and deliver their babies in a clinic. Eighty-eight to ninety percent of women in Bangladesh give birth at home.

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Rashida just gave birth to her second child. She is one of the few women in Bangladesh attended by trained professionals, and deliver their babies in a clinic. Eighty-eight to ninety percent of women in Bangladesh give birth at home.

 

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