Malaria is endemic in Uganda, killing between 200-300 people per day, more than any other single disease. In addition, the average Ugandan household is estimated to spend 25 percent of its income dealing with malaria in terms of health care costs and time lost from work. While other African countries have made significant progress reducing malaria-related morbidity over the past decade, Uganda lags behind. Key problems are lack of access to rapid diagnosis and to treatment.
These images were taken while on assignment for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which supports the Government of Uganda's malaria control efforts.
I am a documentary photographer, writer and emerging filmmaker who also earned a Masters degree from the Harvard School of Public Health (1989). I explore the inter-relationships between public health, poverty and the environment. During 15 years of HIV prevention assignments in both francophone and anglophone Africa, (post-conflict Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Côte d’Ivoire; Niger and Botswana) with a variety of international organizations (CARE USA, UNAIDS, ACHAP), I also worked as a stringer photographer for Reuters (South Africa bureau) and a contract photographer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (South Africa and Uganda).
Since returning to Canada in 2008, I have added climate change to my photographic record. I am currently the only female photographer in Canada documenting the rapid expansion of renewable energy. In 2011, I co-founded a digital production company – Image VERDE – dedicated to documenting renewable energy in the context of climate change. I am currently working on a documentary film about the impact of climate change on coastal communities along the Saint Lawrence River.
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