University of Wisconsin–Madison

Global Health Film: Bending the Arc

WHERE: 1335 Health Sciences Learning Center
WHEN: April 23rd, 5:00 p.m.

Thirty years ago, as much of the world was being ravaged by horrific diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, three remarkable young people, barely out of their teens—Jim Yong Kim, Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl—came together in a squatter settlement in Haiti, determined to provide world-class medical care to the Haitians that soon became their friends. Facing obstacles so enormous, they weren’t considered surmountable, the trio built health clinics, partnered with patients and treated diseases no one else did.

They expanded beyond Haiti to Peru and Rwanda, fighting ancient diseases, scraping together funding, suffering heartbreaking mistakes—and changing world health policies as millions of lives were pulled back from the brink of death.

Their work sparked a global health revolution, using a community health model to treat diseases including tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Their fight for universal health equity became a global battle for the right to health for all.

The documentary, Bending the Arc, tells their story.

The event is free, and registration is requested. Pizza will be served to all who register.

The film screening is hosted by the Global Health Institute and the Path of Distinction in Public Health.