Scourges of the Gods

Supporters in the Field

We have the support of

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Plan International


These organizations have agreed to provide expert help and assistance with forging contacts in the field.

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Scourges of the Gods

The World's Eight Most Devastating Diseases
and their social impacts    (8 x 30 minutes)

There are news items that  never get reported...

    In many places diseases are not only killers, they are the life-blood of legends and religious cults. Many passions, beliefs, and rites are born out of disease. Some cults assert that diseases are a divine punishment; others declare their ability to cure them. Diseases have become not only a vehicle for cults, but also a piece in the political game.

    These diseases have an overwhelming impact on poor societies. They kill, impoverish, take away human dignity, create superstitious fears and hate, produce great suffering, and largely prevent the affected societies from developing. Education, infrastructure, the economy, the environment, public attitudes, and equality are all adversely affected or destroyed under the diseases’ onslaught. Improvements in this area would have dramatic effects on social and economic growth.

    The world's most devastating diseases, those presented in  "Scourges of the Gods", take 55,000 human lives more or less silently each and  every day, and every three seconds a child dies from one of them. An estimated  20 million lives lost every year.

    The eight mass-killers  are: pneumonia, malaria, tuberculosis, measles, bilharzia, meningitis,  diarrhoeal diseases such as dysentery and cholera, and of course AIDS.

    This documentary  series goes into the field, using personal interviews to explore the suffering,  the ruinous social implications, and the popular beliefs that these scourges  bring about and
    create.  The camera crews will work in around
    20 countries.