NYC Exhibit Highlights Power of Global Health Photography

NYC Exhibit Highlights Power of Global Health Photography

 {Photo credit: Todd Shapera.}Community health workers participate in a workshop outside a hospital in Nyagatare, Rwanda.Photo credit: Todd Shapera.

Allowing the lens to capture the state of global health—from the brutal reality of childbirth in places where health workers, clean water, and roads are non-existent to how insurance reform in countries such Rwanda or the education of young girls in Nigeria benefit those communities—offers intimate glimpses into moments of pain and triumph. Yet, "We all have the same camera, but we each follow our own passions; our own hearts," 2014 Photo Fellow Mark Tuschman reminded those gathered at an opening reception for the SDN/MSH Winners of the 2014 Call for Entries on Using the Power of Photography to Promote Global Awareness.

Photo fellows Todd Shapera (2013), Mark Tuschman (2014), and Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Director of Strategic Communications, Barbara Ayotte, spoke on the effect of photography on health impact at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY on February 27th.

[A mother nursing her newborn in their home under a bed net. Earlier, a community health worker visited her to talk about child and maternal health, including recommending exclusive breast feeding in the baby's first six months, and healthy birth spacing.] {Photo credit: Todd Shapera.}A mother nursing her newborn in their home under a bed net. Earlier, a community health worker visited her to talk about child and maternal health, including recommending exclusive breast feeding in the baby's first six months, and healthy birth spacing.Photo credit: Todd Shapera.

The panel discussion—moderated by Glenn Ruga, founder and director of SocialDocumentary.Net (SDN)—focused on highlights of Shapera and Tuschman’s work in Africa and Asia and how NGOs, such as in Ayotte’s work at MSH, utilize photo fellows’ passions to communicate international health challenges and successes.  

In addition to the photos by Shapera and Tuschman, work by 2014 SDN winners Gwenn Dubourtheoumieu, Fausto Podavini, Carol Allen Storey, and Suvra Kanti Das, remained on exhibit from February 27th to March 20th.

[Mother and child wait for care on the grounds of the district hospital in Kampala, Uganda.] {Photo credit: Todd Shapera}Mother and child wait for care on the grounds of the district hospital in Kampala, Uganda.Photo credit: Todd Shapera[Beneficiary of community-based antenatal care in Rwanda.] {Photo credit: Todd Shapera.}Beneficiary of community-based antenatal care in Rwanda.Photo credit: Todd Shapera. 

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