WHP Selected for the Sundance Institute’s Stories of Change Initiative

The World Health Partners team is excited to announce that WHP has been selected to participate in the Stories of Change Initiative, a multi-year collaboration between the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and the Skoll Foundation. The Stories of Change Initiative aims to support documentary storytelling about changemakers around the globe who are creating solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

 The Sundance Institute will be supporting a collaborative project between WHP and Henry Tenenbaum, a renowned journalist and media creator with over 40 years of experience in reporting, producing and training. 

With the support of the Sundance Institute, Tenenbaum will work with the WHP team to create audio, video, and photos stories that illustrate how WHP’s work with local entrepreneurs is helping families in rural India and Kenya.

“We are grateful to the Sundance Institute for supporting this project,” said WHP President Gopi Gopalakrishnan. “We want to use this opportunity to work with Mr. Tenenbaum to capture the emotional and compelling stories of how WHP is helping to save children’s lives, offer women leadership opportunities and meaningful work in their community, and support local governments to do more with existing resources.”

Tenenbaum has received nine Emmy Awards for his work as a producer and video presenter at NBC, The Discovery Channel, and broadcast stations in San Francisco and Washington, DC. He retired from broadcasting and now works with international non-profits, producing videos, developing media strategies, and teaching journalism in developing countries.

 “Lives are being changed and communities transformed by World Health Partners,” said Tenenbaum.  “These Stories of Change will be told by the people who are harnessing available resources and technology to create sustainable, accessible local healthcare centers. I’m excited to be working side-by-side with the WHP team in bringing to life the successes, the challenges and the opportunities in offering basic healthcare in poor and underserved communities.”

Working with the WHP team, Tenenbaum will create a short documentary film on how WHP’s approach to building healthcare networks with existing human and technology resources makes it easier for people to get needed, often lifesaving, healthcare. The video will share stories from the perspective of patients, local entrepreneurs/ healthcare workers, and families to illustrate how the WHP model works at many levels to drive community change.

Tenenbaum will also help build a bank of professional photography that captures how local entrepreneurs are delivering healthcare advice, services, and referrals in underserved rural communities of India and Kenya.

Since 2009, WHP has worked to bring healthcare within a walkable distance for communities in the developing world. WHP identifies and harnesses existing resources to construct a service delivery channel and uses widely available technologies, such as mobile phones, to aid in service delivery and communications and referrals. While most of its work has been through women entrepreneurs facilitating medical consultations with remote doctors, WHP is increasingly forging relationships with governments to combine the people skills of the private sector with the medical skills of the public sector. 

For more information, contact Rebecca Fishman Goldberg at rebecca@worldhealthpartners.org.

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