Life hangs in the balance for rural Mozambican families when illnesses strike and their journeys to healing must begin.

"Sick in Africa" is a free online documentary series being produced by Tim Cowley, one of our team members. He was based in Mozambique's rural Niassa Province from 2008-2016 and in Malawi from 2003-2008 and lived with a Muslim tribal group known as the Yawo. Aside from his own illnesses over the past decade plus spent in Africa in which he got to experience being sick in Africa dozens of times, Tim found that he still didn't understand even some of the most basic worldview assumptions that his Yawo friends believed when looking for healing.

bernad and family members await results of a lab test at a rural private hospital in malawi. (scene from episode 1)

bernad and family members await results of a lab test at a rural private hospital in malawi. (scene from episode 1)

tim filming in mandimba, mozambique

tim filming in mandimba, mozambique

Episode 1, "I thought I was bewitched - Bernad's story", was released in July 2016. Themes focus on fear of curses, language barriers, problems with imported equipment, healthcare access, misunderstanding of how to take prescribed medicine and more. You can't help not feeling a connection with the elderly Bernad as he and his wife seek answers to a mystery illness.

This series aims to be a fascinating look at African medicine and will serve as a thought-provoking film series for anyone looking at traditional medicine, working in Africa, doing cross-cultural work, etc.

If you would like to support this project, visit our donate page. Please earmark your donation for account "VisualPeaceMedia.TJC". All contributions are tax-deductible.

Production status: Episode 1 released July 2016

Crew: Tim Cowley (Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, etc.)

To Watch and learn more go to SickinAfrica.com or follow the project on Facebook or Twitter #sickinafricadoco