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In Our Hands | Film


2017 / producer / script writer / co-editor

In Our Hands is a public engagement project about the introduction of HIV self-testing in Malawi from a community perspective. It included a week long community video workshop and the production of a 27 minute film that was screened in eight locations for World AIDS Day 2017. The film is now available as an open access resource on the World Health Organisation website.

Film Synopsis
In Our Hands is a film made by a group of thirteen people from Neno, Malawi, one of the first places in sub-Saharan Africa to receive HIV self-testing. Join ordinary villagers, women, men, young and old, as they explore the key social, economic and psychological barriers that prevent people from taking an HIV test. It asks what are the benefits and drawbacks of testing alone, without the attendance of a trained professional.

Meet Frank, a loving father who has felt the tragic consequences of delayed testing. What drives him to speak out and tell his story? Find out why Sombe has been waiting to test for HIV for so long - will the opportunity to test in private mean he will finally go through with it. Hear the inspiring stories of people who have not let positive HIV status affect their happiness or ability to contribute fully to their community.

To meet the global goal of eliminating AIDS by 2030 the United Nations says it is necessary to have tested 90% of those living with HIV over the next three years. Today, of the 36 million people living with HIV, almost a third are unaware of their status. In Our Hands asks what difference does the ability to test yourself at home mean for people in remote communities, and whether this new method could help to close the testing gap and keep the world on track to eliminate AIDS by 2030.

LINKS  -  workshop  -  credits  -  hivst.org

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In Our Hands is a collaboration between Global Health Film initiative, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), and Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Research Programme (MLW) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is funded by Wellcome Trust.
The project portrayed in the film, HIV Self-Testing AfRica (STAR), is funded by Unitaid.