Yale epidemeologist creates innovative media projects to advance global health issues

How do you turn a contagious disease like tuberculosis from a set of statistics — 9 million cases, 1.5 million deaths a year — into a human story?

One way is by making a 4 1/2 minute video.

“Thembi Jakiwe: Strength of a Woman” is the story of a 12-year-old South African girl with a sweet, shy smile and luminous eyes. She is the oldest in her tuberculosis ward, she tells the camera. She thinks of herself as the mother of the ward, holding hands with and looking after the younger kids.