Striking in areas where vaccines tend to be out of reach, the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami produced fears of an immediate cholera epidemic.
But one district in southern India showed the world how to defy the odds—clearing contaminated debris and working with UNICEF to distribute clean water, thus keeping cholera at bay without the help of drugs.
This film travels to Tamil Nadu where aid workers describe their experiences and viewers get perspective on how horrifying such an outbreak could have been. In addition, viewers are shown how genetic engineering in the U.S. might lead to more effective cholera prevention.
One fascinating scene presents a “map” of the cholera genome, focusing on its toxic components.
This film is part of the KILL OR CURE series of 57 x 25-minute documentaries produced for the BBC. These films can be bought individually or as a series.