Nasarawa State: Elimination and Beyond

Client

Mectizan Donation Programme

Distribution

Social Media

Sector

Global Health

Service(s)

Editing + Filming + International + Soundtrack

Location

Nigeria

Director/Camera Operator

Stephen Maud

Producer/Editor

Bruna Amaral

Music

Stephen Maud

Fixer

Ajeck Mangut

Camera Assistant

Chinedu Igweneme

Photographer

William Nsai

This film looks at the success in overcoming a crippling disease that has besieged Nigeria, and large parts of Africa for decades. Onchocerciasis, commonly known as river blindness causes unbearable itching and ultimately blindness to the point where river-side communities were abandoned. Thanks to the dedication of people like Nasarawa State Coordinator for Neglected Tropical Diseases, Jacob Righain, the support of NGO partners The Carter Center and donation of the treating drug Mectizan by Merck & Co., local communities have been empowered to break the transmission of river blindness and create a platform for future disease interventions.

Filming just before the COVID-19 kicked in, we worked with a talented Nigerian crew to get right to the heart of the story. We edited back in the UK and created a bespoke soundtrack to help transport the viewer deeper in to the world of neglected tropical diseases.

It forms part of a wider suite of films used in different ways that have told the MDP story over the years, collaborating with multiple global partners from the Nigerian Ministry of Health and local government, to Sightsavers, the Carter Center and other key players in the game to get full engagement from the offset.

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