Task Force For Global Health: 40 Years Of Impact

Distilling the celebrated 40-year history of the Task Force For Global Health – a groundbreaking global organisation – into a short form documentary is no small feat. Doing so involves an assessment of a large archival body of films and the development of a narrative arc that shines a light on the subject’s history, highlights, and achievements.

In 1984 Dr. Bill Foege, Mr. Bill Watson and Ms. Carol Walters (all former colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control) gathered around Watson’s kitchen table to formulate a plan that would change the lives of millions of children by eliminating diseases such as polio, measles and diphtheria. The result was The Task Force For Child Survival, which grew to become the Task Force For Global Health. As the organisation has grown to address the health needs of populations around the world, it has achieved incredible success through the rollout of programmes that have become the gold standard for disease intervention worldwide.

Through a carefully curated selection of historical footage and interviews with the Task Force’s founders, our film distills this impressive 40-year legacy into 7 minutes. The result is a film that details how the organisation has grown to become a leader in global health that has solved some of the toughest health challenges we face, on a scale never accomplished before.

This film was the key presentation at the Task Force For Global Health’s 40th anniversary event, held at their headquarters in Decatur, Georgia, USA.

To see more on our approach to short form documentary films, read this article on how we develop a narrative arc that enables us to incorporate a great deal of detail and history into a short film.


FICO World 2024 Event Opener

As the film partner for each year’s FICO World – the world’s leading data science and decisioning event – one of our many deliverables is the creation of the event opener. It’s this film that sets the theme, tone and spirit of the event at the start of a busy week.

As a London-based film production company, it was a real feather in our cap when we were brought on board for the first time as film partner at FICO World in San Diego in 2014. Applying our skills at the world’s largest gathering of data analytics and business decisioning experts offered us an opportunity to spread our wings in a host of new ways.

This year was the biggest FICO World yet for us, with a team of 17 crew on the ground for an action-packed week delivering a wide range of assets, including the event opener.

This film, along with ‘The Age Of Applied Intelligence‘ and ‘Be An Intelligence Hero‘, marks the conclusion of a three-year narrative arc for the event opener, which frames attendees as financial empowerment heroes, whose work using the FICO Platform has the potential to revolutionise how consumers are able to access credit. Using this uniting theme in the event opener film has been of great benefit to the client, as it shines a light on the work their customers do whilst highlighting the innovation that drives FICO‘s decisioning software.

This year also marks our 10th anniversary as the nominated film partner to FICO’s flagship event, with this year seeing us return to San Diego, where our role in the event all began for us back in 2014!


Mectizan Donation Program: Total Coverage

This film is part of a larger series we produced for the Mectizan Donation Program in which we detail the full history and journey of Mectizan pills. From the initiation of testing Ivermectin as a treatment for Onchocerciasis and on to the rollout of its distribution across the world, the series shares the success of a simple yet effective way to bring life-changing results to many millions of people worldwide.

In this, the 3rd film of the 5-part series, we highlight the pivotal role of Community-Directed Distributors who play a key role in Mectizan donation. These volunteers ensure that members of their communities have constant access to treatment for Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis, and reach some of the most remote parts of their countries in order to ensure these diseases can be eliminated.

We treated this particular episode like an action film, where CDDs are our hero. With fast and engaging montages we wanted to make sure the viewer is as impressed with these volunteers work as we are.


FIND: Diagnostics Gaps

With diagnostics being essential in the delivery of healthcare, gaps in diagnostics prevent people from accessing the care they need. By accelerating access to testing globally in LMICs, FIND is closing these diagnostic gaps and transforming the lives of millions of people.

This film is a great example of the use of a combination of animation, stock and on-location footage. The result is an impactful short explainer that provides a clear overview of what can be a complex subject.


FIND At A Glance

FIND wanted a call to arms to engage a wide network of stakeholders in their mission to bring equal access to safe and reliable diagnostics around the world. Born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, which highlighted the inequalities between the haves and have nots, FIND now plays an important role in enabling diagnostics to be available where they’re needed most. With 50% of the world’s population having challenges when accessing diagnostics, the role of the company is critical to providing rapid and accurate diagnosis where it’s needed most.

With a snappy approach to simple graphics and some punchy music this film was created for the annual American Society For Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) event in Seattle in 2022, at which FIND‘s advancements and partnerships in innovation and implementation were showcased to the global audience of tropical and neglected disease experts. It has now become the opening film on their website.


World NTD Day 2023

To celebrate the gains made in eliminating neglected tropical diseases on World NTD Day 2023, this film created for Mectizan Donation Program follows the story of Square Makwanda. A former coordinator of the Lymphatic Filariasis program in Malawi, Square managed to start a mass distribution program with very little resources.

Included is a testimony from Professor Monique Dorkenoo, former Lymphatic Filariasis program coordinator for Togo. In her testimony, the doctor highlights the need for a plan and resourcefulness from health coordinators and workers. Together, they tell a powerful story about how one individual can make a difference and inspire the political and community will needed to deliver life-changing medicine where it’s needed most. With over a billion people affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases globally, it takes an enormous amount of determination, hard work, and cooperation to eliminate these diseases.

This is an example of a film made in close consultation with our client, with our global network of trusted filmmakers, and using previously-filmed archive material and simple but powerful text to create a powerful message supported by imagery and music.

We’re very proud that this film was the key showcase of achievements made by Mectizan Donation Program on World NTD Day in 2023.


Stamp Out Oncho Social Series

To support the Mectizan Donation Program’s Stamp Out Oncho campaign, and to compliment the longer films we have already produced for them, MDP commissioned a series of short social media clips. The intention behind them was to summarise different aspects of the Stamp Out Oncho story in bite-size films that could be easily distributed.

This is a good example of how our approach of using previously-shot footage, text graphics, and animations, enables us to repurpose existing content to breath new life into a campaign.


Neglected Tropical Diseases Showcase

Cloud9Media have been working within global health for more than a decade. This showcase brings together dozens of films that raise awareness for NTDs from projects spanning the globe.


Oncho and LF Elimination Roadmap

An overview of the roadmap travelled by the Mectizan Donation Program in its decades-long fight to eliminate onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis. Through the ongoing donation of Mectizan, communities who would otherwise have been ravaged by these debilitating neglected tropical diseases have seen lives changed through the simple administration of a yearly dose of much-needed medicine.

The fight to eradicate these crippling diseases such as onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis goes on, and is being fought by the MDP and its partner organisations at a global level, as well as on the ground through community networks. Together, their aim is to achieve the aims of the WHO’s 2021-2030 NTD Roadmap Goals.

As experts in global health storytelling, we’ve had many opportunities to hone our craft, and get to understand the realities on the ground that make for emotive stories which burst the bubble. Years of fine-tuning our approach to interviews, and the use of a trusted global network of local expert filmmakers, have enabled us to develop our approach and deliver video content that are compelling and deliver key messaging where it’s needed.

To find out more about how we craft films that have positive impact, take a look at this article.


FICO Fraud & Financial Crime Portfolio

For over 25 years, fintech company FICO has created products that detect and prevent fraud for its client’s customers. FICO came to us to commission a film that explains how their fraud and financial crime portfolio achieves this whilst delivering consumer experiences that are convenient and secure.

This particular film uses graphics animation to show, in a simple way, some of the complex processes at play.