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Within two weeks in September 2006, five midwives and one doctor were trained in filmmaking for outreach at the community level and advocacy at the national level.

With support from DFID, WRA Global and WRA in Tanzania (WRATZ) teamed up with participatory film making experts from the UK for a hands-on training in Dar es Salaam in basic videography and interviewing skills for members selected by the Alliance. WRATZ is advocating for an increased number of skilled health care providers in Tanzania — what better way to hear their stories and those they serve? Armed with their cameras, microphones, and lots of enthusiasm, these skilled health care providers returned with the team to their communities in Rombo (near Kilimanjaro), Babati (in northwestern Manyara Region) and in Dar es Salaam (the capital) to collect footage.

The volunteers chose their own ‘storyboards’ (subjects). They then filmed each other, their colleagues, their places of work (from hospitals to rural outreach clinics) and — with full consent and written permission — the mothers, babies and families they care for. They screened back this film footage to the community members as they went along. They captured incredibly moving stories about transportation difficulties, overcrowded and understaffed facilities, as well as positive stories of skilled attendance and healthy mothers and babies. The team also filmed and recorded the Tanzanian pop singer Stara Thomas as she performed her safe motherhood song ‘Play Your Part’, both in the studio and at Temeke hospital postnatal ward. We used her song — together with songs sung for us by student midwives — in all of our films. Our team returned to Dar es Salaam where we cut and edited a 14 minute film, called ‘Play Your Part’. Within three days, this was screened at a national safe motherhood conference (the WRATZ AGM) to 300 delegates, the Minister of Health and the Tanzanian news media. The event was reported on the national TV news. Afterwards, the team interviewed and filmed the Minister of Health who endorsed the film — and asked for more. We suggested a series of television ads, or health promotion films, which he welcomed.

Already, the Capacity for Change film project has had a powerful impact at local, national and regional level: “The project has been very stimulating. We have made the voices heard of women, men and health care providers. This is going to bring big changes to the lives of women. The Minister of Health has said he was proud of the film, that it had great impact to see and hear what women and midwives are experiencing — because it is real! The footage has been accepted by the Ministry of Information and we have permission to develop it into advertisements for national and international advocacy.” —Rose Mlay,
WRATZ Coordinator

For more information about this initiative, please contact Betsy McCallon
(bmccallon@whiteribbonalliance.org).

Look for the films soon on the WRA website!
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