domingo, 1 de fevereiro de 2009

The Final Inch

Eles são conhecidos como o "Maior exército não armado da história" e sua missão é erradicar a Polio do mundo. Sua maior inimiga é a ignorância, manipulada ou não, daqueles que se recusam a dar vacinas às crianças, por acreditarem que essas vacinas são, de algum modo, falsas.
Aqui segue o trailer do documentário realizado por Irene Taylor Brodsky, em colaboração com muitas organizações que estão citadas no site. O outro vídeo é a história por trás desse exército realizado pelo Rotary. No final segue a sinopse do documentário e o site.
Vale a pena ler e se emocionar com Gente desse Planeta. No site dá pra assistir entrevistas com as pessoas que aperecem no filme, e é muito legal ver essa gente, tão comum, tão como nós, realizando algo que nunca imaginaram, usando apenas o coração como suporte.
Ah, o título foi inspirado na famosa citação de Alexander Solzhenitsyn:
"The Rule of the Final Inch consists in this: Not to shirk the critical work, not to postpone it... one's purpose lies not in completing things faster, but in the attainment of perfection."

Trailer - The Final Inch

Um exército não armado

Nearly 50 years after a vaccine for Polio was developed in the United States, the Polio virus still finds refuge in some of the world’s most vulnerable places. Into India’s most impoverished neighborhoods, The Final Inch follows the massive – and yet highly personalized -- mission to eradicate Polio from the planet.

One of history’s most feared diseases, now largely forgotten; Polio has become a disease of the world’s poor. The effort to eradicate the virus has become the largest non-military endeavor in human history. In India alone, four million people are working or volunteering to prevent Polio from infecting their communities.

A global strategy aimed at hundreds of millions of children, becomes intensely personal for the quiet army of vaccinators working to save them. Into India’s forgotten communities, the film follows health workers going door-to-door, and slum-to-slum to reach unprotected children. In the most marginalized Muslim
enclaves, some children have been hidden from vaccinators because American-made medicines are not to be trusted. Others are deliberately kept behind closed doors as a form of social protest by their frustrated communities. For the world’s poorest, saying ‘no’ to vaccinations is sometimes their only political voice.
And then there are the millions of homeless children across India, who get the disease because they cannot be found in time.

The story centers around Munzareen, a UNICEF volunteer whose job it is to persuade reluctant families to accept the vaccine. Her fight against the virus is part a greater struggle in her conservative Muslim community. Facing the taunts of men and boys who ridicule her for working outside her home, she defiantly
enters the streets with a message of humanity and practical advice. She picks up school children as the emissaries in her fight, convincing families that their children’s health should transcend politics and religion.

Ash, an Indian doctor serving as one of the World Health Organization’s field lieutenants in the fight against Polio, crosses the Ganges River daily to reach communities where transmission of the virus has been unrelenting for centuries. Working with pig farmers, untouchables and those without access to health care,
he works to ensure that India’s four million volunteers are exacting and methodical in reaching every last child. Vaccines must be kept cold in one of the world’s hottest climates, and children must be vaccinated up to 10 times in the first year of life to be considered immune.

With millions of children born in India every month, these are just some of the technical challenges of eradicating a water-borne virus. Given India’s population density and lack of basic sanitation, The Final Inch takes us to Polio’s global epicenter. Echoes of a different era of Polio are heard from two Americans surviving the effects of the disease.

Martha, now 70, entered an Iron Lung the day after her brother died of the disease more than 58 years ago. Her breathing paralyzed by the Polio virus, she has hardly left the machine since 1952. Mikail, like so many American Polio survivors, regained use of his legs after intensive rehabilitation and, at 68, is using his remaining strength to ride his handcycle across his home state of Texas.
Both Martha and Mikail recall the painful legacy of the disease in a country that has all but forgotten about it, and the people who still suffer.

In all, The Final Inch explores Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s famous parable about the final tasks of any endeavor, and how these are always the most challenging and easy to turn our back on.

The Final Inch is a profound testament to those working on the front lines of public health in the backwaters of our world. Their stories challenge our most basic assumptions about disease, poverty and our own health as a human right.

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