Dutch Academy Award ('Golden Calf')
Best Documentary 1993
Set in North West Tanzania ISINGIRO HOSPITAL is a subdued tale about fate and the daily struggle for survival.
The tiny rural hospital, located in one of the poorest and most isolated parts of Africa where malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS are endemic. Despite the remarkable efforts of the Tanzanian medical team, which manages to keep the hospital going in the worst conceivable circumstances, ISINGIRO HOSPITAL is not only a story about heroes. There are villains around as well.
Central character is Jessica, a 15 year old girl who has been raped, made pregnant and infected with AIDS.
* An estimated 24.5 million adults and children were living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa at the end of 2005 (6.1% of the total population). During that year, an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS. The epidemic has left behind some 12 million orphaned African children (9%). In Tanzania alone an estimated 1.4 million adults and children are living with aids of which 710.000 are women and 110.000 are children. About 1.1 million children are orphaned due to AIDS (Sources: UNAIDS report 2006).
Joop Van Wijk
Melle van Essen
Hens van Rooij
Leo de Boer