October 29, 2013
Contact: University Relations
Set in Zambia, the documentary film The Cola Road follows the launch of the first attempt to use Coca-Cola's crates and distribution know-how to deliver life-saving anti-diarrhea kits. This illness is responsible for approximately 760,000 deaths out of the 17 billion cases in children under five years old, according to the World Health Organization. But diarrhea is preventable and largely treatable—although treatment requires oral rehydration salts.
The film will be screened on Saturday, Nov. 2 in the University of Baltimore's Angelos Law Center Moot Court Room, 1401 N. Charles St.
Filmmaker Claire Ward's The Cola Road depicts the process of finding an effective way to get medicine to remote villages in Zambia in Africa.
"You will find Coca-Cola in any village at any time in the course of the year, but you'll not find medicines. What's the difference? There's something to be learned there—and that's what we've done," says Dr. Joseph Kasonde, Zambia's Minister of Health.
The screening of the film will be followed by a discussion.
This event is presented by the University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs, the Hoffberger Center for Professional Ethics and the Global Affairs & Human Security Students' Association.