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Health and Conflict: Community Health Workers in South Sudan

South Sudan’s limited healthcare infrastructure and ongoing internal conflict is contributing to one of the world’s highest child and maternal mortality rates. In these challenging conditions, community health workers (CHWs) offer a rare bright light. This short documentary spotlights the efforts of Cape Breton University, BRAC and South Sudan’s Ministry of Health to leverage social enterprise models that empower CHWs to fill critical healthcare gaps in the world’s youngest nation.

HEALTH THEMES: Maternal and neonatal health, Mental health, Refugee health, Communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases, Gender and women’s health, Inequality & poverty, Peace and security

  • Kevin McKague, Cape Breton University
  • Garrick Ng, Studio Amarelo
  • Cape Breton University
  • Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Grand Challenges Canada
  • Rebecca Deng, BRAC South Sudan
    Key Cast
  • Dr. Alexander Dimiti, Ministry of Health, Republic of South Sudan
    Key Cast
  • Joyce Inna, BRAC South Sudan
    Key Cast
  • Ahmed Julla, Ministry of Health, Republic of South Sudan
    Key Cast
  • Victoria Laku, BRAC South Sudan
    Key Cast
  • Dr. Kevin McKague, Cape Breton University
    Key Cast
  • Dr. Okony Simon Mori, Juba Teaching Hospital
    Key Cast
  • Bilwa Dash Saha, BRAC South Sudan
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    South Sudan
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (Canon C100 Mark II / Ca
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • Cape Breton University
    Country: Canada
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - Kevin McKague, Cape Breton University, Garrick Ng, Studio Amarelo

Dr. Kevin McKague is as an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University.

He is an internationally experienced researcher on growing inclusive markets and scaling social enterprise. His research has been published in Organization Studies and featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Impatient Optimists, the Huffington Post and other news media.

He is currently researching how social franchises scale and social enterprise models for community health workers in Africa.

Kevin is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Peace, Democracy and Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, a Research Fellow with the Centre for Excellence in Responsible Business at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, and a Visiting Researcher with the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.

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