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Eliminating Disease in Alaska (05:51)


In remote Alaska, Gina Carpenter immunizes Alaskan natives from illnesses such as pneumonia, meningitis, and blood poisoning with the pneumococcal vaccine, Prevnar.

Positive Effects of Pneumococcal Vaccines (03:55)

Tom Hennessy has monitored the eradication of pneumococcal disease among Alaskan Native Americans. A major health crisis was avoided when a new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine came onto the market, and the bacteria stopped resisting antibiotics.

Saving Lives in Nepal (04:22)

Kathmandu Patan Hospital is located in Nepal’s remote countryside, and Dr. Shrijana Shrestha treats children with respiratory distress, pneumonia, and other pneumococcal diseases. Malnutrition and no access to the vaccine compound health problems.

Delhi's Pneumococcal Epidemic (03:25)

Orin Levine travels to Delhi as part of a campaign to introduce pneumococcal vaccines to South Asia and the developing world. Norway’s Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, is part of a global alliance to make vaccines accessible to eradicate disease.

A Healthier Future for India (03:21)

Orin and Dr. Raj Bahn visit an Indian slum to discuss the high rates of pneumonia; illiteracy among Indian women and no access to vaccines leads to rampant pneumococcal disease. India’s National Immunization Board has made pneumococcal vaccines their highest priority.

Credits: Battle for a Vaccine (00:10)

Credits: Battle for a Vaccine

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Battle for a Vaccine

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We investigate why pneumococcal disease is a major global health problem, killing more than 800,000 children every year. In industrialized nations, a vaccine has dramatically reduced child deaths caused by the disease. Now scientists have tested a new vaccine that has been proven to work. It could save thousands of lives in the developing world. In this film we visit Alaska where doctors have been studying the impact of vaccination and India where the vaccine is desperately needed.

Length: 22 minutes

Item#: BVL144768

Copyright date: ©2010

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