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According to the World Health Organization, Sub-Saharan Africa carries 24% of the world’s burden of disease, but only 3% of the world’s healthcare workforce. By some estimates, 100 medical schools will open across Sub-Saharan Africa within the next decade. But will they succeed?
Director Trisha Pasricha’s documentary film, A DOCTOR OF MY OWN, explores the emerging stories of students at the newly-opened University of Namibia School of Medicine in Windhoek. Fresh out of organic chemistry, the students will trek to rural villages, training with patients who have never before met a doctor from their own country. The challenges are enormous– and so is the pressure. Some students will leave in the brain drain, never to return. Yet buried in the sea of endless patients and faced with unexpected responsibilities, a few may rise to find their calling. And if they do, medical education will revolutionize healthcare in Africa.
The documentary features interviews from key leaders in global health and medical education including: Dr. Julio Frenk (Harvard School of Public Health), Dr. Quentin Eichbaum (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine), and Dr. Philip Odonkor (University of Namibia School of Medicine). Through interviews of students, allied health workers, and leaders in the field, the film captures first-hand accounts of the day-to-day battles of healthcare delivery and training new physicians in the country.