The Power of Film in Research

In partnership with Medical Aid Films (MAF) and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), the LSHTM ZikaPLAN team are showcasing two powerful short films, followed by a panel discussion. For this, we are bringing together health experts and film makers to discuss the use of innovative media in global health research.

Through this event we will showcase some of the amazing work CIFF and the ZikaPLAN team have been doing during their respective projects. We will also highlight the power film has to not only transform the health and wellbeing of people around the world by empowering communities with vital knowledge and skills, but the perception of health outcomes in extremely challenging contexts.


Join us in the screening of:

The Power of Self-Injectable Contraception

This film tells the story of the journey from research to practice for self-injectable contraception in Malawi.

From 2015 to 2017, FHI 360 and the University of Malawi conducted a study in Malawi to investigate the effectiveness of self-administered depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC). The study found that self-injection led to a more than 50% increase in continuous DMPA-SC pregnancy protection through 12 months, compared to provider-administered injection.

As a result of the study findings, the Ministry of Health in Malawi are now rolling out DMPA-SC and self-injection in 7 districts across the country, with plans for national scale-up by 2020. This self-injectable contraception puts power in the hands of girls and women to make decisions and take control of their own health, accelerating universal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare.


Hope After Zika

This film documents how communities that have been affected by congenital Zika syndrome have come together to learn from and support each other in the years since the outbreak. A story of love and friendship, this short documentary explores how communities can work together to bring up happy and healthy children under the most challenging of circumstances.



Anna Hakobyan, Executive Director, Evidence, Measurement & Evaluation, Children's Investment Fund Foundation

Professor Hannah Kuper ScD, Professor of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Professor James Logan Bsc PhD FRES, Professor Head of the Department of Disease Control and Director of ARCTEC, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Catherine McCarthy, Chief Executive, Medical Aid Films


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