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BIRTH IS A DREAM - Maternity in Africa

Maternity in Africa

Every year, in Africa 200.000 mothers die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth; and for every woman who dies, many others suffer injury, infection or disability.
Every year 1,5 million African children are left without a mother.
A mother's death is a human tragedy, affecting families and communities. Her death endangers the lives of a surviving newborn and any other young children; a mother's death makes it harder for the family to obtain life's necessities and escape the crush of poverty.
A great many of these deaths are preventable, when women have access to quality prevention, diagnostic, and treatment services; most maternal death and morbidity can be prevented when pregnancy and childbirth are attended by skilled health professionals (nurses, midwives or doctors).

"Birth is a dream" I named my photography project about maternity in Africa.
What is mothers dream? How far is for them the dream of a safe birth ? Why safe motherhood is still a dream for the african mothers ?

Aim of my project is to document and raise awareness about the maternity crisis in Africa.
http://www.paolopatrunophoto.org/Maternity_Project.html

Maternity in Africa
Maternity in Africa
Maternity in Africa

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Wendyiscalm's picture

Your photos

Bwangi Paopo,

Your photos are a miracle. Absolutely so spiritual. You have a talent for being able to capture the depth and compassion in each human face. Thank you for sharing with us.

Where in Africa are you? I work in Livingstone, Zambia several months of the year and just returned last night to my home in Chicago, Illinois but return to Africa again early November.

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

paolo patruno's picture

Hi Wendy, thanks a lot for

Hi Wendy,
thanks a lot for your comment.
I'm based in Italy, but it's almost ten years I'm traveling in Africa every year.
Best, Paolo

Wendyiscalm's picture

Paolo

Paolo,

I am Italian. My mother from Northern (Noceto) my father from southern Italy . Where are you from in Italy? Where do you go in Africa?

Keep up the great work.

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

paolo patruno's picture

I'm from Bologna (but your

I'm from Bologna (but your name and surname don't look italian.... :D)
In africa I've been in many countries: Malawi, Rwanda, DRC, Uganda (several times), Tanzania, Marocco, Senegal, Nigeria, .......

Best, Paolo

Wendyiscalm's picture

My name

Hi Paola,

My married name is Stebbins

My mother's name was Merusi . My father's name Masino. You know what the northern's think of the southern's and the other way around also. Oh, my. It made for a lot of arguing in my family.
Haha.

I passed through Bologna many many years ago. I think it was around 1980, right after a big bombing. Beautiful countryside and WONDERFUL people.

Let's keep in touch.

Ciao

Best wishes,

Wendy

My real name is Anne Elaine Masino

Anna for my northern Grandmother, Elena for my Southern Grandmother. Wendy is a name I chose later in life.

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

usha kc's picture

Dear friend It’s my pleasure

Dear friend
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paolo patruno's picture

Thanks Usha

Thanks Usha

vivian's picture

amusing

Hello Paola,

Your photo tells it all. it speaks for itself. You are really doing a good job. Well done and keep it up

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

paolo patruno's picture

Hi Vivian, I'm so glad to

Hi Vivian, I'm so glad to read your comment, mainly as it comes from an african woman, an african heart.
Thanks again.

Sarvina's picture

Hi Paola, Thanks so much for

Hi Paola,

Thanks so much for sharing us here on Pulsewire! I am so touched with those pictures captured by you. It is also happening in my country Cambodia where many mother died from complications of pregnancy and childbirth anyways those are always occurred in the rural areas here. We are still too poor in health system.

Thanks,

Sarvina from Cambodia

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia

paolo patruno's picture

Hi Sarvina, thanks a lot for

Hi Sarvina,
thanks a lot for comment. Unfortunately maternal mortality worldwide, mainly in developing countries, is an untold matter, most people still ignore.
We need to share, to convey awareness, for a better future.
That's the aim of my documentary work.

Thanks again, Paolo

UpasanaC's picture

Oh My God

My heart just stopped looking at these pictures. Its so painful my god... I wish god give these ladies all the strength on this planet to bear this and really eyes to the government to please please improve the facilities for motherhood. You have really done a marvelous job in bringing this to the world from your lens eye. I really hope that this helps and we see a better future. KUDOS to your work.

God Bless you.

Cheers to Life

paolo patruno's picture

Thanks Upasana

Thanks Upasana !
Thanks for comment and appreciation for my work.
Maternity crisis in Africa, but in all developing countries as well, is an untold matter.
Really hope my images could help these mothers raising awareness about their conditions.

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