• How I Live

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    GHI and P2 take an innovative approach to storytelling in a new documentary on global pediatric oncology

    Since 2014, the Global Health Initiative (GHI) has worked closely with Persistent Productions (P2) in the development and creation of the documentary, How I Live. The film looks at the global survival gap in pediatric oncology and follows the journeys of children with cancer and their healthcare professionals in Guatemala, El Salvador, Myanmar, Egypt, and Ghana. The documentary follows patients during their diagnosis, treatment, and therapy completion, with complex issues emerging such as the physical, emotional, financial, infrastructural, transportational, and geographical challenges to accessing care.

    GHI collaborated with P2 from the onset of the project by guiding the early research, providing support throughout the various phases of production and editing, and offering continuous technical and consulting expertise, access to filming locations, and connections to the research, scientific, and academic community. Codirectors of the film, Meghan Shea and Mike Rogers, own P2 and were inspired by Meghan’s brother, Matt Shea, who had been treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders for more than a decade. Meghan and Mike wanted to learn more about what the childhood cancer journey was like for patients, families, and healthcare professionals in resource-limited settings, where 80% of the world’s children live. Discussions between GHI and P2 grew into pre-production research, production, and eventually, the How I Live film.

    “Bridging silos between science and the arts and forming strong partnerships among different industries is essential for the improvement of health outcomes and global health inequities,” said Irini Albanti, DrPH, MPH, MA, the inaugural director of the GHI. “Films can serve as powerful catalysts for social impact and innovation, and inspire action for change. The GHI and P2 look forward to continuing this collaboration through the distribution phase of the film.”

    The film was released in early 2019. You can watch the trailer here:

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