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‘Bending the Arc’ explores medical care models for the developing world |

‘Bending the Arc’ explores medical care models for the developing world

| Monday, October 29, 2018 6:03 p.m.

In the early 1980s, two doctors and an activist were treating patients at a squatters’ settlement in Haiti.

Determined to provide the same level of medical care they would expect to receive in the United States, Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yong Kim and Ophelia Dahl came up with a unique and controversial idea: training everyday Haitian villagers to function as healthcare workers. Eventually, their model expanded to Peru, Rwanda, and the halls of governing bodies all over the world, many which changed healthcare policies as a result.

Their story is told through “Bending the Arc,” a documentary film that will be screened for free at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church, 4600 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville.

As a warning to parents with younger children, the film contains a small amount of explicit language and scenes that depict severe suffering from disease.

For more, see .

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl and Dr. Paul Farmer are the subjects of 'Bending the Arc,' which will be screened Nov. 4, 2018, at Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church in Murrysville.
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Above, the movie poster for medical documentary “Bending the Arc,” which will be screened Nov. 4, 2018, at Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church in Murrysville.
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