Friday, January 15, 2010

Partners in Health

If you’re looking for a way to help in Haiti, I strongly recommend Partners in Health ( )

PIH has been on the ground in Haiti for more than 20 years, creating a revolutionary model for health care delivery that’s since been implemented in locations as diverse as Roxbury and Rwanda. (PIH not only treats patients, but also sets out to “alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world” -- As another of their web pages notes: “When a person in Peru, or Siberia, or rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at our disposal to make them well—from pressuring drug manufacturers to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services.”)

PIH was created by doctors Paul Farmer and Jim Kim, and was written about in Tracy Kidder’s extraordinary book, Mountains Beyond Mountains. (See Kidder’s op-ed piece in the January 13 New York Times,

The Partners in Health hospitals were far enough from the epicenter to avoid damage, and as early as Wednesday were receiving patients; see this article in the Boston Globe; see also this clip,

I have nothing but admiration for this organization, and urge you to consider donating.

Monday, January 11, 2010

BBC and ethics in media

Doc filmmakers should plan to spend some time at the BBC's Safeguarding Trust website... From the site: "Safeguarding Trust is an editorial training programme which examines the issue of where to draw the line between legitimate media artifice and unacceptable audience deception. The BBC launched this site following the serious editorial breaches that occurred in 2007. Among these was the incident in which a child visiting the Blue Peter studio was asked to pose as a phone-in competition winner, the showing of scenes from the documentary A Year with the Queen in a wrong and misleading order and the revelation that competitions on various channels had involved audience members being asked to call premium rate numbers when they had no chance of winning." Make your own way through interactive modules and more.