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The power of films and virtual reality for health education – Global Conference on Health Promotion

On Monday 13 December 2021 at the 10th Global Conference on Health Promotion - – managed by the World Health Organization, a panel discussion was held about “The power of films and virtual reality for health promotion and education”. This was part of the Health for All Film Festival and you can find below the time stamps to access each intervention during this discussion.

How health educational films based on fiction, documentary, virtual reality or animation styles can contribute to a better well-being of populations? As well as a better equity in their access to health care and health information? Whether those films target directly the wide public or are made for health workers and other leaders/advisers in health. This panel discussion was based on winning films of the Health for All Film Festival (HAFF) and teaching methodology in preparation for the WHO Academy.
– Dr Rüdiger Krech, WHO Director for Health Promotion, former juror of the Health for All Film Festival (HAFF).
– Anita Abada, Producer from Nigeria, winner of our HAFF special prize for health education film in 2021. Anita has created in Nigeria a sensitization program using her short film “Efun” within schools and communities where Female Genital Mutilation is still prevalent. Her team educates the communities on FGM and its harmful impacts on young girls and women.
– Joyce Browne from the Netherlands, representative of the Dutch Global Health Film Festival and Utrecht University/UMC Utrecht. She has experience with Dutch students on the usage of our HAFF winning films as health education tools.
– David Chandross, representing WHO Academy, Serious Game Design Lead and Senior Scholar at Ryerson University of Canada, to speak about courses using interactive Virtual Reality creations and gaming narration as teaching tools for students in the health sector.
– Gilles Reboux, moderator of the discussion, HAFF leader in WHO Department of Communication.

Direct access to chapters:
00:00 Introduction of panel discussion and panelists
04:10 Anita Abada’s testimony about her film “Efun/Flesh” used in Nigeria to educate about the possibility to say no to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
13:16 Joyce Browne’s testimony about the usage with students in The Netherlands of films selected in the Health for All Film Festival.
20:24 Dr Rüdiger Krech, Director for Health Promotion at WHO, highlights why films are so useful for health promotion.
26:20 Gilles Reboux provides a summary about the importance of reaching behaviour changes with films about health and also about better well-being.
27:25 David Chandross explains about the assets of interactivity, gaming and virtual reality in comparison with usual ways of film making and story telling.
35:23 Gilles Reboux proposes a conclusion from all interventions, highlighting key points mentioned by the panelists.

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