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Episode: Global Health Frontiers: Dark Forest, Black Fly - episode: 0H
GLOBAL HEALTH FRONTIERS: DARK FOREST, BLACK FLY examines the devastating disease of river blindness and follows the scientists and health workers on two continents fighting to eradicate it. With river blindness, microscopic worms transmitted by small black flies migrate under the skin, leading to intense itching and eventual loss of sight. Compelling animated sequences within the program illustrate the ways in which the parasite attacks the body. Medication can control river blindness but because of the worm's life cycle outside the human, the threat of its return still exists. River blindness is at its worst in Uganda's war-ravaged north, where basic health services have been virtually non-existent for decades. The documentary explores Uganda's unique decision to eliminate the disease entirely, using its experienced vector control teams to attack the flies in the fast-flowing rivers and streams where they breed. This approach to clearing out flies --one "hot spot" at a time --could lead other African countries to follow its example. DARK FOREST, BLACK FLY highlights the field work and insights of scientists and health professionals dedicated to solving the problem. They include: former President Jimmy Carter; Christopher Ruzaza, a fly specialist with Uganda's Ministry of Health; Dr. Frank Richards, the director of The Carter Center's River Blindness Program; and Moses Katabarwa, a Ugandan parasitologist with The Carter Center. DARK FOREST, BLACK FLY offers an educational, entertaining and inspiring look at a global health success story.
Length:56 minutes 46 seconds