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UBC journalism project documents global pain crisis
Date:9/19/2011

regivers who have gone up against intractable systems in order to help them, including:

  • A former KGB agent in Ukraine who is dying of prostate cancer and sleeps with a gun under his pillow, in case the pain becomes unbearable
  • A Ukrainian man who risks jail time by trafficking narcotics to get patients access to morphine
  • An Indian doctor, frustrated with drug laws, who combines readily available analgesics to ease the pain of local cancer patients
  • A nurse who led a successful movement to reform Uganda's rules around morphine distribution and palliative care
  • Traditional medicine's role as the first line of treatment for most Ugandans

This website is part of an ongoing project about global access to morphine, which includes a documentary for Al Jazeera, "Freedom from Pain," which aired on July 20, 2011.

This is the third project of the International Reporting Program. Its first documentary, "Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground," was produced in partnership with PBS Frontline/WORLD and won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Magazine Investigative Reporting. Its second project, "Cheap Shrimp: Hidden Costs," was an online multimedia project for the Globe and Mail and has just been nominated for a prestigious Online News Association Award.


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Contact: Basil Waugh
basil.waugh@ubc.ca
604-822-2048
University of British Columbia
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