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October 6, 2022

Bending the Arc

April 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 Adults & $5 Students
The Center for Rural Development
Bending the Arc

Thirty years ago, as much of the world was being ravaged by horrific diseases like AIDS and Tuberculosis, three remarkable young people, barely out of their teens came together in a squatter settlement in Haiti. Determined to provide the same world-class level of medical care they would expect for their own families to the Haitians that soon became their friends, they faced obstacles so enormous they weren’t even considered surmountable by the rest of the world.

They managed to bring together the resources to build real health clinics in areas that had been ignored by everyone else – where patients were as likely to arrive by donkey as by ambulance – and stocked them with the same medical supplies that could be found in places like Harvard Medical School. Idealistic, but very inexperienced, they suffered tragic early failures that made them question the way they were delivering healthcare. This led them to develop, in partnership with the patients themselves and guided by medical anthropology, a revolutionary and controversial model: training their friends and neighbors – ordinary Haitian villagers – as health care workers.

As a result, world policies changed, deeply entrenched ideas transformed, and millions of lives were pulled form the brink of death.

To purchase tickets, call 606-677-6000. Tickets not available online.