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Isingiro Hospital by Molenaar, Hillie & Wijk, Joop van

Set in North West Tanzania Isingiro Hospital is a subdued tale about fate and the daily struggle for survival. Its central character is Jessica, a 15 year old girl who has been raped, made pregnant and infected with AIDS. We see Jessica age many years as she realises the terrible truth of her fate and that of her baby.

Social Interest
Isingiro Hospital is a tiny rural hospital, located in one of the poorest and most isolated parts of Africa, where malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS are endemic. Despite the remarkable efforts of the Tanzanian medical team, which manages to keep the hospital going in possibly the worst conceivable circumstances, 'Isingiro Hospital` is not a story about heroes. Instead it is a straightforward and honest documentary about hospital conditions in rural Tanzania. It is not pretty but it's realistic.

Current Relevance
An estimated 24.5 million adults and children were living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa at the end of 2005 (6.1% of the total population). During that year, an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS. The epidemic has left behind some 12 million orphaned African children (9%). In Tanzania alone an estimated 1.4 million adults and children are living with aids of which 710.000 are women and 110.000 are children. About 1.1 million children are orphaned due to AIDS Sources: UNAIDS report 2006.

Dutch Academy Awards Best Documentary 1993

Molenaar, Hillie & Wijk, Joop van
Copyright Holder
Joop van Wijk
40 min.
Year of release

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