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November 01, 2010

Photo blog: Promoting Family Planning in Nepal

John Donnelly

In the fourth of five segments, John Donnelly interviewed photographer Dominic Chavez about the images below. What follows are his perspectives on his assignment in Nepal, which focused in part on the Ministry of Health and Population’s efforts in promoting family planning:

“Nepal was really exciting. It was kind of energizing in the sense that to me it was an example of seeing families really empowered to make family planning choices. They are taking a proactive role in creating the right-sized family for them. And this, I believe, must have a profound effect on maternal mortality rate because many families are planning out when they are having children, and having fewer children."

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October 26, 2010

Photo blog: "Mali was a trip like no other country"

John Donnelly

In this third of five segments, John Donnelly interviewed photographer Dominic Chavez about the images below. What follows are his perspectives on his assignment in Mali, which focused in part on the Ministry of Health’s efforts, with MLI assistance, to expand a community-based health insurance plan called mutuelles:

"Mali was a trip like no other country in the sense there was such a push for the mutuelles, providing health insurance for people who really need it. It was interesting to see people in the Health Ministry all talk about the same trip they took to Rwanda to see what Rwanda had done in expanding health insurance to almost the whole population."

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October 21, 2010

Photo blog: Reducing Maternal Mortality in Senegal

John Donnelly

In this second of five segments,  John Donnelly interviewed photographer Dominic Chavez about the images below. What follows are his perspectives on his assignment in Senegal, which focused in part on the Ministry of Health’s efforts to reduce maternal mortality:

"Senegal was the first country that we started to document, so it was the introduction to the kind of issues at hand. It was the country where I heard for the first time that almost 350,000 women die around the world every year in child birth. A woman dies almost every minute. So we wanted to witness the difficulties first hand."

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October 19, 2010

Photo blog: "Sierra Leone really hit home"

John Donnelly

In this first of five segments, John Donnelly interviewed photographer Dominic Chavez about the images below. What follows are his perspectives on his two trips to Sierra Leone, including one which focused on the Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s efforts to roll out free health care for pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers, and children under the age of five.

 "These pictures are from two different visits. Sierra Leone really hit home in a lot of ways. Even though I’ve been documenting global health now for a little over a decade, I’m still always surprised how it always hits home, and I guess that’s why I am dedicated to it. But going to Sierra Leone opened my eyes again, and it really opened my eyes to the dangers that women face in trying to have a family. It meant witnessing the real hardships and the death of a newborn baby, as well as watching a nurse save the life of a newborn boy. It steals your breath. To me, it’s very haunting."

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