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16mm film: 'The Great Health Robbery', 1981

MS. Oxfam COM/5/4/71
Held in our offsite storage facility

Also known as 'Yemen Health', the film looks at the promotion and sale of western drugs in developing countries, many of which are inappropriate, and some potentially dangerous. It also looks at the increased use of baby milks, the misuse of which often leads to diarrhoea and death from dehydration. The film includes shots of mothers feeding children, fathers bringing their children into a chemist's shop, and small groups being made aware of the issues. It includes the argument for generic as opposed to branded drugs, and highlights the use of unecessary drugs and the World Health Organisation's attempt to introduce a basic drugs list.


  • Creation: 1981


1 reel

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access



MS. Oxfam COM/5/4/71

Existence and Location of Copies

A copy of this film is held at the British Film Institute.


  • From the Collection: Oxfam GB (Organisation)

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom