Some of the team in Rwanda, January 2010 © Medical Aid Films
They would like to get computers stocked with their films and other educational materials into waiting rooms in medical clinics across Africa, so people can watch them while they wait. That, they believe, will be a powerful way to raise awareness, Browne said. “There’s a lot of waiting that goes on in Africa.”
And ultimately, they would like to start more projects on the ground in various countries – like the one they are currently working on in Rwanda. Last month, Greenwold, Jauniaux and Browne traveled there, along with a sonographer from University College London and a filmmaker.
They took with them one of their training films on ultrasound technique, and will spend much of their time on the ground training local doctors, nurses, midwives and birthing aides, who will, the theory goes, then be able to train others in turn, using the visual aids the Medical Aid Films team will leave behind.
On their last trip to Rwanda, they delivered two donated ultrasound machines. Another five or six are on their way. The machines, Greenwold says, “have a tremendous magnetic draw” for pregnant women who have never had a chance to see their babies. “We hope to use that draw to attract women to prenatal care in a broader sense.”