Birth is a Dream | Maternity in Africa
Multimedia documentary by Paolo Patruno
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).
I named my photography project about maternity in Africa.”Birth is a dream”. I wanted to answer a number of number of questions producing this work brings forth.
What is a mother’s dream? How realistic is it for for them the dream of giving a safe birth ? Why safe motherhood is still a dream for the African mothers ?
About Paolo Patruno
I am a photographer focused on humanitarian issues and social-documentary, working with NGOs, Aid and Non-Profit Organizations.
I’m interested in documenting global topics, including health care, education, human rights, sustainable development, poverty.
I’m travelling in Africa from almost ten years, documenting in pictures stories from this continent; I believe it’s my duty to use my camera to let people know what they’ve never seen, what they still ignore is happening.
I’m working on my personal long term project about the Maternity crisis in Africa and developing countries as well.