Welcome to SDN/Special Issue, a new initiative to highlight issues explored on the SDN website. While the site presents documentary stories by photographers, this blog will allow us to explore the issues in much greater depth by working with writers, journalists, and experts in the fields presented.
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.
Stay tuned for future blog postings from SDN as we explore many of the other themes on the website. Other issues we are considering are the environmental effects of global warming, the Arab Spring, child labor, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, loss of traditional cultures and lifestyles, human trafficking, and many others.