Towards an AIDS-FREE Generation is a long-term project based on a narrative framework using photographic and audio documentation, focusing on paediatric HIV/AIDS, documenting the lives of several women as they participate in a programme preventing their unborn babies becoming infected with HIV in rural and urban Zambia.
Documentary Photography as a Tool of Social Change: Reading a shifting paradigm in the representation of HIV/AIDS in Gideon Mendel’s photography
This is a home for a work-in-progress, to distill the ideas encapsulated in my Master in Communication for Development thesis, completed at Malmö University.
(ABOVE) Soap and water is seen during a handwashing demonstration at the primary school in the Odot Uyi community in Odukpani Local Government Area (LGA) in Cross-River State in Nigeria on July 21, 2011. This community is supported in the development of water, sanitation and hygiene practices through funding of the EU and UNICEF.
(Above) Children look over a wall to watch as contractors drill a borehole in Okpowen community in Yakurr Local Government Area (LGA) in Cross-River State in Nigeria on July 18, 2011. The development of water, sanitation and hygiene practices in this LGA are supported by the EU and UNICEF.
Kenya — North Eastern Province has the lowest rates of education and literacy in the country according to a demographic and health survey completed in 2009. Only 22% of women and 59% of men in the North eastern Province have received any education at all. Only one in five women in North Eastern Province can read compared to 85% at the national level. Still, there have been major strides forward since 2003 when only 7% of women and 29% of men had received any education.
￼In 2009, UNICEF commissioned South African photographer Christine Nesbitt to document Zambia’s services to eliminate new HIV infections in infants, as experienced by several women living with HIV and their children. From 2009-2011, Christine followed these women from pregnancy through the first 18 months of their babies’ lives, including their participation in UNICEF-supported prevention of mother-to-child transmission programmes.