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.