Producer and Director of Mmaatan, Kingsley Lims Nyarko has disclosed his 90-minute documentary about women’s health in Africa will utilize High Definition (HD) point of view (POV) footage along with interviews to tell the story of female victims to NCDs.
The 90-minute documentary about women’s health in Africa, focusing on the aspect of their lives that causes this ill Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) but, to a larger extent are not paid attention to by individuals and society.
Mmaatan will utilize High Definition (HD) point of view (POV) footage along with interviews to tell the story of female victims to NCDs as well as its impact on families and society. Following Mrs. Dzijor in Botswana, who is suffering from an acute breast cancer and how she goes about her normal day life with his family and friends. The story will be told through the eyes/point of view of Mrs. Dzijor’s daughter who spends most of her time outside school to help and support her mother in her effort to survive this disease. Other affecter women will be interviewed to share their predicament.
Since the first solution to this menace is knowing the impact, this documentary will highlight more of the attributes and effects to the knowing that, there is still more to be done to promote and achieve better health for women.
As part of this project, which spans between June 6 to October 1, will be a highlight of Botswana’s activities and the ministry’s efforts in collaborating with Ohio University’s Global Health and Medical School to treat, prevent and educate individuals and families on the dangers of NCDs.
There is a growing concern about NCDs in developing and low income countries and since women in developing countries already suffer some of the biggest health challenges, an increasing trend of NCDs could only worsen their situation. An example of this is the situation in Botswana. A recent report on the country’s Implementation of the Beijin Platform for Action on Gender (Dzimiri, 2014), placed a
Population of women 668,761, age 15 at more risk of developing cervical cancer. The same report indicates current estimate of 250 women being diagnosed with cervical cancer every year and 44. 4% of them dying. There is evidence that 85% of these women seeks medical attention when the cancer is at an advanced stage and cannot be cured. Even though some health problems affect both men and women, it still poses a greater challenge on women than men and Non-communicable Diseases make no exception in this regard. With the prevailing poor socioeconomic conditions in Botswana, gender based inequalities such as access to education and employment continue to limit women and girls chances to protect their lives and predisposing them to many diseases.