For the Good of the Planet: 15 x 3’ English

January 2017

Broadcast by ABC USA, TV5Monde, Channel One Russia, Forta Spain, HRT Croatia, LTV Latvia, BHRT Bosnia Herzegovine, RTS Switzerland, RTP Portugal
This 15 x 3 minutes TV series scours the world to show what it takes to help children refugees, combat deforestation, protect endangered species… As long as war, poverty and environmental damage continue to threaten the world, there will always be someone working for the good of the planet.

A Damaged Childhood
Amer Al Dakkak is a physiotherapist for Handicap International in Al Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan: “Safa is eight years old, after a bombing in Syria she was amputated above the knee… These children need a special care because they don’t understand what will happen to them.”

The Vaccine of Hope
Hamadou Dicko is project manager for GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance: “In Sub-Saharan Africa we use the vaccine MenAfriVac: the vaccine to prevent meningitis. The managed cold chain approach used for MenAfriVac permits the vaccine to be taken out of the cold chain for at least four days as long as the temperature does not reach 40 degrees.”

The Fight Against Malaria

Sai Pothapregada is a fund portfolio manager for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: “In Ethiopia we have invested about $610 million for malaria since 2003. The entire population at risk have been covered with long-lasting insecticidal nets and Ethiopia has achieved its child mortality targets, more than 67% reduction!”

The Feminine Economy
Vanessa Erogbogbo is a Programme Manager for the International Trade centre (ITC): “In Africa women play a huge role in agriculture. Up to 90% of the field work is being done by women. But they only earn some 10% of the income. In terms of economic growth, we know that countries that provide greater economic opportunities for women are more competitive.”

Reading by Hand
Francis Gurry heads the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): “The Marrakech Treaty allows an association for blind people, or a library, or a book dealer to take a book and produce a copy in brail without any breach of copyright. It will really make a difference because it gives the visually impaired and the blind the chance to participate fully in economic, social and cultural life.“

Rhinoceros in Danger
John Scanlon heads the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES): “Countries such as South Africa had dedicated undercover operations where they used the same sort of techniques they use to uncover drug cartels or those trading in arms or humans. The main thing is treat wild life crime as a serious crime.”

Protection for Domestic Work
Claire Hobden is a technical officer for vulnerable workers at the International Labour Organization (ILO): “We estimate there are around 67 million domestic workers around the world. There are around 90 per cent of domestic workers are excluded from social protection in one way or another.”

Neither Heros or Martyrs
Armando Garcia works for MSF as an emergency doctor: “I worked at the Gety Hospital in DRC. We had a room where both rebels and government soldiers were treated. It shows the respect of the wounded, of the medical team, by the enemy factions in a conflict zone. We are not looking to be heros or martyrs just to do our job.”

Children of the Slums
Steve Ringel works with Terre des Hommes in the slum of Korogocho, Kenya: “Being a child in Korogocho is extremely tough. The answer to the question «In which place are you most afraid?» is « in the house.» That’s where a child experiences violence and it’s often a family member who is the perpetrator. It’s essential to teach parents awareness.”

Be Seen
Alexandra Krause worked as a Senior Emergency coordinator for the UN Refugee Agency in Greece: “We have registered over 27 thousand refugees and the big push is to accelerate the access to legal pathways. When you talk to those people, it’s amazing how resilient they are.”


  • Continent(s):
    Europe / Africa / Middle East / Asia Pacific / Central America / South America /
  • Topic(s):
    Agriculture / Culture / Development / Education / Environment / Economics / Health / Humanitarian / Natural disaster / Post-conflict / Refugees / Technology / Wildlife / Human rights / Nature / Politics / Violence /
  • Audio:
    English, French, German
  • Duration:
    15 x 3'
  • Location(s):
    Lebanon, South Africa, DRC, Ethiopia, Jordan, Nepal, Morocco, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Greece
  • Associates:
    Swiss Confederation, Geneva State and Canton, Geneva City, Foundation for Geneva, RTS