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Maternal, Newborn and Child Heatlh in Africa

Various Photographers | Africa

Organization: SocialDocumentary.net

A young girl with her first newborn, sitting on her grandmother's bed. Photograph by Paolo Patruno

This exhibit is based on the first SDN/Special Issue, a new initiative to highlight issues explored on the SDN website.

Click here to visit the full version of Special Issue focusing on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa.

This first issue, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa, is written by Caterina Clerici, an Italian journalist now working in New York and a recent graduate from the Columbia School of Journalism.

The photographers in this issue — Paolo Patruno, Yanina Manilova,  Jessica Scranton, and Dominic Chavez — had all submitted work to the December 2012 SDN Call for Entries for the Photography Fellowship in Africa. Their work is among a strong group of submissions dealing with this important subject and became the inspiration behind this first issue.

Ms. Clerici also interviewed two experts on maternal health in Africa for this issue — Lynn Freedman and Therese McGinn, both from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Caterina Clerici

Paolo Patruno
Yanina Manilova
Jessica Scranton
Dominic Chavez

Public Health Experts:
Lynn Freedman and Therese McGinn
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

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Excerpted from Introduction. Visit full site for complete exhibit..

“In Malawi, there are two words for pregnancy: pakati and matenda – respectively, ‘in between life and death’ and ‘sick,’” said the Italian photographer Paolo Patruno, author of ‘Birth is a Dream.’ “A birth doesn’t just symbolize the new life that’s coming. It’s not the most normal thing in the world… as it is for so many of us.”

Every two minutes, a woman somewhere around the world dies from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications. In the same two minutes, almost 30 young children die of some easily preventable disease – that’s just under 7 million a year dying before the age of five. It often takes us less than two minutes, however, to lose interest in these words and figures.

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