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Title Ladies in waiting [electronic resource].
Published Copenhagen, Denmark : Icarus Films, 2009.

Description 1 online resource (24 min.)
Series Health and society in video
Note Title from original container.
Summary Taking in the wives of the unemployed, of unpaid government employees, the Kitambo maternity clinic in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo has to cope with its patients' lack of money. And negotiations are tough between the administration and the women. As long as the bill remains unsettled they are kept at the clinic, which only increases the cost of their stay. And here everything has a price, even a birth certificate. The women's protests against their poor accomodations or their claims that their husband's pay is overdue can change nothing. The female administrator won't budge an inch. If you've no money, you stay put. "Hold me hostage instead of my wife" offers one man. A long suffering manager, herself at the mercy of the system, must negotiate collateral with them: a celebration dress, a pair of earrings, a suitcase, so they will return and pay in full. Ladies in waiting is an intimate, all-too-human reminder of the ways economic forces play out in even the best-intentioned healthcare institutions in poor countries affecting not only the institutions, but health care workers and patients alike.
Note Previously published as DVD.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2012. (Health and society in video). Available via World Wide Web.
Language Subtitles in English.
Subject Kitambo Maternity Clinic (Kinshasa, Congo)
Clinics -- Economic aspects -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
Documentary films.
Genre Documentary films.
Internet videos.
Related Names Hamadi, Dieudo.
Wa Lusala, Divita.
Collection Title Alexander Street Press.
NIH/NLM Women's Health Resources Dissemination Outreach Project Grant.
Related To Original (OCoLC)ocn690520783