This edition of the Earth Report series visits five countries to look at how people all over the world are working to improve health conditions for the poor in the hopes of breaking the cycle of poverty. In Glasgow, run down public buildings have been rennovated. The women of the Maasai tribe in Kenya have been taught how build healthier homes. The health system in Guinea Bissau has been improved by focusing on preventative measures. Migrant farmers in Guatemala have taken health care into their own hands by forming co-operatives, and the farm owners are starting to recognise the benefits of caring for their workers. Finally, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, teenage mothers are given support and health education to help them care for their children and themselves. These forward looking measures not only improve the living conditions for this generation, but by focusing on the root causes of the poverty cycle, the hope is that people’s quality of life will be enhanced for generations to come.
Films in this series