the former prime minister Hailemariam desalegn talks abou TPLF
These trips have yielded a 35 minutes documentary that was launched during the AIDS conference in the Netherlands. Tell me about it?
We have created a documentary film that profiles the epidemics of Multi-Drug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) in India and South Africa. Both countries are struggling to contain this disease and are dealing with other problems of poverty and inequality. What the film shows however is that the governments of each country have made drastically different choices in how they respond to this public health crisis. These choices centre on making life-saving drugs available for those who need them. The film explores the experience of people from both countries that are affected by MDR-TB, giving them the opportunity to tell their stories that have too often been ignored.
What do you hope it would ultimately achieve?
We hope this film can be used as a tool for advocacy, to transform the response to TB in to a social justice movement. Simply put, we want to demonstrate how political leadership can so dramatically change people’s lives. In the lead up to the United Nations High Level Meeting on TB this September in New York, we hope political leaders take notice and make the right choices for their people.