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Mobilizing Our Stories!

“Help spread the word —
sharing solutions for improved conditions —
putting more feet on the ground —
with trained care for the healthy nurturing
of mothers & newborns everywhere!”

This video was created to illuminate and illustrate our vision for a proposed NIGH World / NACTV project. To achieve this video, our team accessed and included—with written permission—representative digital images from Photoshare.org & Creative Commons Share-Alike photos from Wikimedia.

Each of the photo credits includes a note about the image — many are interesting stories about nurses, midwives and maternal /newborn health. Also, we've included a few showing new media opportunities. ENJOY!

Also, please see the interesting music credit at the end of this text.

COUNTRY & photo notes — with credits / links — listed in order of appearance:

ROMANIA — Children at Casa Nostra Children's Home in Arad, Romania, watch themselves being filmed on the LCD screen of a video camera.
© 2000, Mike Jay Browne, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 401-32 — http://www.photoshare.org/photo/401-32

UGANDA — A child recites a poem about HIV/AIDS during the World Aids Day celebration in Kampala, Uganda.
© 2012, Kyalie Photography, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 8521-14 —

USA — Photo taken from the Radio Station WTUL Studio, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
2009. Wikimedia: Author: Tulane Public Relations, used with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license — http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WTUL_Microphone.jpg

ETHIOPIA — Standing with her community health post in the background, an Ethiopian community health worker sends an SMS text message containing data about the malaria patients she treated during the week. Community health workers are essential to malaria surveillance in the region.
2011. © Cameron Taylor, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 6682-9 —

INDIA — Young girls in Gwalior, India, learn photography skills so they can document issues that impact them. These districts of Madhya Pradesh have challenging indicators on education and child sex ratio.
2012. © Anil Gulati, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 1475-862

NIGERIA — A woman lies in a clinic bed with her newborn infant in Jos, Nigeria. A Nigerian woman will have an average of 6.5 children in her lifetime. Nigeria is Africa's most populous country with an estimated population of nearly 123 million people. At the average annual population growth rate of 2.9 percent, Nigeria's population is expected to surpass 200 million by the year 2025. The planet campaign is a David and Lucile Packard Foundation-funded campaign to raise awareness, understanding and support of international family planning.
© 2000. Liz Gilbert, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 2355-6

USA — In Booneville Indiana, November 12, 2005, Joyce Huggins, a tornado survivor, holds baby Jazmin. Joyce and her mother were thrown out of their mobile home by the tornado. The next day she gave birth to Jazmine.
2005. Wikimedia: Photographer: Leif Skoogfors / FEMA, in the Public Domain —
see webpage


 Photo Credit: Wikimedia, 2004: Photographer: Ian Riley. Used with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.

PERU — Photographer notes, 'Shot in the hills above Lima, Peru. The woman posed and the child didn't.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia, 2008: Photographers: Vera & Jean Christophe. Used with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.

PERU — Photographer notes, 'Shot in the hills above Lima, Peru. The woman posed and the child didn't.'
2004. Wikimedia: Photographer: Ian Riley, used with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license —

NEPAL — A woman, pregnant with her fifth child, listens as a volunteer health worker tells her about sanitation, health and the preparation for delivery in Nepal. Photographer's Notes: "Sita Yadav, one of 50,000 female health volunteers trained in Nepal by USAID programs, turns the pages of a display book to show the pregnant woman how to assure a healthy delivery and healthy infant."
2009. © Ben Barber, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 2009-1118. 2009 Photoshare Photo Contest | HIFA2015 Photography Award —

INDIA — Photographer's note: “I Clicked this picture at the beautiful city — the queen of hills 'SHIMLA or SIMLA'— outside of Kaalibadi temple on Mallroad [in the state of Himachal Predesh]. You can see the inncoent love and care given by a child to his younger brother when his mother was taking rest on roadside. Even in this poor condition, the baby is enjoying love by his family members.”
2012. Wikimedia: Photographer: Poojagupta 21, used a the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license —
see webpage

INDIA — A child in Ahmedabad, India, nurses her mother who is suffering from fever after giving birth 20 days ago. The daughter is nursing her mother. It has been just 20 days since the mother gave birth to a baby and she is suffering from high-fever. She is thrown to extreme poverty due to childbirth; without work, without shelter, without food, without medicines.
2012. © Sharvari Raval, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 1177-32 —

VIETNAM — A newborn child is weighed prior to vaccination at Puch Dong CHC (Communal Health Center) in the Huong Khe district, Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam.
2004. © Philippe Blanc, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 2005-183 —

CAMBODIA — During a quality check, a midwife in Prey Veng, Cambodia, displays a correctly filled in partograph form.
2011. © Marcel Reyners, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 751-78

CAMEROON — A reproductive health staff member with Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services educates local women's groups in a bid to empower them to action for their health. This was during a women's health mobile clinic campaign organised to: Provide group family planning counseling, screen women for cervical cancer and syndromically manage reproductive tract infections.
2011. © Foglabenchi Lily Haritu/Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, Courtesy of Photoshare: ID: 8640-3 

GHANA — A pregnant woman and neighborhood children wait outside the Nyambong Community Health Clinic in Ghana. This photo was an entry for Maternal and Child Health of the 2003 Photoshare Photo Contest.
2003. © Melissa May, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 2003-203

THAILAND — A group of nurses celebrate their profession with a lamp lighting ceremony during the 2010 International Year of the Nurse / Florence Nightingale Centennial.
2010. Wikimedia: Photographer: Boysdn, used with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license — http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2250_photo.JPG 

MAURITANIA — A nurse prepares a neonatal tetanus immunization at the "Terre des Hommes" clinic in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The clinic at P.K. 10 (meaning that the settlement was 10 kilometres outside the Nouakchott city lines) was set up jointly by the Swiss relief group "Terre des Hommes" and UNICEF because there were no health facilities for the squatters (chiefly drought-displaced migrants from interior) who had been re-located there by the government. The "Camp de Voiles," literally "tent-camp," was set up quickly to meet immediate needs, with the plan to build permanent buildings for ongoing services.
1991. © Lauren Goldsmith, Courtesy of Photoshare: ID: 3651-18 http://www.photoshare.org/photo/3651-18

JAPAN — US Naval Hospital in Yokosuka. Hospital Corpsman Adoracion Samano & Navy Nurse Corps Officer Lt. Rhonda Hinds assist Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth R. Spurlock’s wife on the Maternal Newborn Ward. Mrs. Spurlock said hers was a perfect Mother's Day in Yokosuka. Lt.Cmdr. Ronald Parker, Family Physician, delivered her baby on Sunday, May 12 at exactly 12:01 am, one minute after midnight. US Naval Hospital is committed to providing the best possible birth options as part of its family centered care initiative.
2003. Wikimedia: Photographer: Tom Watanabe, in the Public Domain — see website

MALAWIWomen farmers, such as this lady in Mwanza District, Malawi, face a unique set of constraints and opportunities.
2010. Wikimedia: Photographer: Swathi Sridharan, used with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license —
see website

Photo Credit: Wikimedia, 2008: Photographers: Vera & Jean Christophe. Used with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.

MYANMAR — Mother with her baby in Myanmar. She is wearing a thick patterned scarf on her head and white thanaka circles on her cheeks; the baby is dressed for winter.
2008. Wikimedia: Photographer: Vera & Jean-Christophe, used with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license —

USA — This photo was captured during the candle lighting ceremony of NIGH's Global Launch of the global awareness campaign: 'Daring, Caring & Sharing to Save Mothers' Lives' a few blocks from UN Headquarters at St Bart's Church in New York City. Participating are nursing and midwifery students and educators from this region.
2012. © NIGH World Archives, Photographers: Jen Heck & Ezra Peace — http://www.nightingaledeclaration.net/global-dcs-campaign-launch

ZIMBABWE — This photo is taken from the film "Consequences," winner of seven international awards, designed to demonstrate the consequences of unwanted pregnancy for an African adolescent audience. The main character Rita is 16 years old, bright, and talented. She has a steady boyfriend named Richard. Rita becomes pregnant and is expelled from school.
1998. © Center for Communication Programs, Courtesy of Photoshare: ID: 411-4 http://www.photoshare.org/photo/411-4

INDIA — An auxiliary nurse and midwife (ANM) provides health services to a pregnant woman in Rajasthan, India. The ANM lives in a room above the health center of the tiny village so she is available at all hours to attend to those who need her help.
2009. © RN Mittal C/O Ray Rajat/ UNFPA, Courtesy of Photoshare: ID: 2009-750

HAITI — A pregnant woman attends a prenatal clinic where a nurse/educator ask her questions at the St Boniface Hospital in Fond des Blancs, Haiti.
2009. © Paul Jeffrey for the 2009 Photoshare Photo Contest. Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 2009-841

HAITI — A nurse checks a pregnant woman at a clinic in Pere Payen, Haiti supported by Action by Churches Together (ACT) International. The health care system in Haiti, much of it run by private groups, faces critical shortages in the wake of political conflict that led to the ousting of President Jean Bertrand Aristide.
2004. © Paul Jeffrey for the 2006 Photoshare Photo Contest. Courtesy of Photoshare: ID: 2006-21

CAMBODIA — Midwives at the Battambang Regional Hospital in Cambodia listen to the heartbeat of an unborn set of twins using a traditional method. With the support of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), pregnant women in Cambodia are tested for HIV by local healthcare workers as part of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) efforts. The CDC supports healthcare in a wide variety of capacities in countries around the world.
2011 © David Synder for the CDC Foundation, Courtesy of Photoshare: ID: 208-265 http://www.photoshare.org/photo/208-265

TURKEY — A woman gives birth with the assistance of a nurse/midwife in "Umut Hep Vardi" ("Hope was Always There"), a three-part series about a young midwife in Turkey who travels to a mountain village to provide health and family planning services. She must deal with the suspicion and mistrust from the villagers. She is supported in her work by a local doctor and in her dealings with the community by her sled driver. Both men fall in love with her. She eventually overcomes the resistance of the villagers to learn about family planning, and she must choose between her two suitors.
1991. © Center for Communication Programs, Courtesy of Photoshare: ID: 7-96 — http://www.photoshare.org/photo/7-96

BANGLADESH — A midwife holds up a newborn baby at Korail slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photographer's Notes: Death-rate during the pregnancy period in Bangladesh is 440 among every 100,000; the highest in the world. Death rate at child birth is even higher. Since 2007, the rate is 151(either child or the mother) for every thousand. As for the children, the number is 61 per thousand. The reason behind this high death-rate is most of the child-birth in our country is maintained by untrained midwives.
2009. © Saikat Mojumder, Courtesy of Photoshare: ID: 2009-125

BANGLADESH — A female health worker measures a newborn in a Bangladeshi village. Photographer's Notes: "It was hotter than hell in the Bangladeshi village I was visiting. On the way into this room, I passed two cows, a whole runaway class of schoolchildren including three kids ostensibly crippled by polio, an outdoor shower, and two above-ground domed graves. It was not uncommon in this village to be born and die in the same small space. I was accompanying a Shasthya (female health worker) who was paid less than one dollar per day to provide community-based health including hygiene instructions for newborn health. It was dusty. People were sputtering, spitting, coughing, and sneezing. The cows were belching. The children were laughing. Amidst all of this was a newborn baby: fresh, quiet, and soft. Everyone washed their hands. The baby was measured. Vaccination for measles, pertussis, and Hemophilus influenzae B of children has reached even this most remote corner of the world. Through the deliberate, organized, and widespread engagement of women in the health care work force, it is a new day in Bangladesh. "
2009. © Farrah Mateen, 2010 World Pneumonia Day Photo Contest. Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 5000-110 http://www.photoshare.org/photo/5000-110

GHANA — A traditional birth attendant and a community health nurse display a newborn baby girl they delivered at a community health compound in Abura Dunkwa, capital of Ghana's Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese district. Traditional attendants and nurses collaborate in order to improve the quality of health services to rural populations.
2006. © Niagia Santuah, 2006 Photoshare Photo Contest. Courtesy of Photoshare: ID: 2006-50 http://www.photoshare.org/photo/2006-50

INDIA — A nurse weighs a newborn child at a sub-health center in Guna district, Madhya Pradesh, India.
2010 © Anil Gulati, for the 2012 Photoshare Photo Contest. Courtesy of Photoshare: 1475-867

INDIA — A male nurse attends to an ill infant in the Special Care Newborn Unit (SCNU) in Vidisha District of Madhya Pradesh, India. The unit has been set up by the state government of Madhya Pradesh under the National Rural Health Mission with technical support of UNICEF. Photographer's Notes: SCNU is helping to improve neonatal survival in the district and is important as Madhya Pradesh has high neonatal mortality rates. The state government of Madhya Pradesh has already set up many such units and plans to have one such unit in each district of the state.
2009. © Anil Gulati for the 2010 World Pneumonia Day Photo Contest. Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 5000-66

UNSPECIFIED SITE — Photographer's note: "My first baby boy — novero firstan Kurliana”
2011. Wikimedia. Photographer: Tata Kurliana, used with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license —

BANGLADESH — A grandmother helps attend to her granddaughter's infant in Bangladesh. This adolescent mother's infant was the first child born in the MINIMAT study cohort in Matlab, Bangladesh. Four thousand mothers were followed through their pregnancies with nutritional interventions to prevent low birth weight.
2003. © Ansem Ansari for the 2003 Photoshare Photo Contest. Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 2003-45

KENYA — A nurse attends to a patient at the Methodist clinic in the remote village of Kopanga, Kenya. The clinic receives support from mission giving of United Methodist Women.
Kenya. © 2007, Paul Jeffrey, for a 2009 Photoshare Photo Contest. Courtesy of Photoshare: ID: 2009-840 http://www.photoshare.org/photo/2009-840

MOROCCO — A nurse administers a prenatal exam at a family planning center in Taza, Morocco.
1992. © Lauren Goodsmith, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 2850-42

INDIA — Girls learn how to use computers in a training mobile van parked near their homes in Guna district in Madhya Pradesh, India. The training program is supported by the NGO, Great India Dream Foundation.
2010. © Anil Gulati, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 330-502 http://www.photoshare.org/photo/330-502

PHILIPPINES — Photo taken from a film-production briefing. "This is our schedule of sequences to shoot..." explains Assistant Director Avic Ilagan to a cast member of "Bawal Pumasok," a film about two couples in the Philippines and what they think about sex and relationships. "Bawal Pumasok" ("Do Not Enter") is a story of two couples and what they think about sex and relationships. They have just graduated from high school and are also celebrating Mike's birthday. One couple stays in the jeep and starts making out; the other goes off to leave them alone. Both couples wind up having sex, neither uses protection. Mike's girlfriend finds out that she is pregnant. She is placed in a home for pregnant girls - Mike finds her there and proposes. The story "rewinds" and Pam, the female from the second couple, gets pregnant this time. She is also placed in a home for girls.
1995. © Center for Communication Programs, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 4049.22 —

HAITI — Elizabeth DuVerlie (R), of the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, and Haitian secretary Dinley facilitate an Advances workshop in Haiti with the use of laptop computers. The Center for Communication Program's major international training workshop, Advances in Family Heath Communication, attracts high-level program managers from many countries. Participants usually rate the workshops above 9 on a scale of 1-10.
2001. © Kim Seifert, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 201-17

Photo Credit: Wikimedia, 2006: US Navy Nurse  LTJG Cathrine Soteras serving aboard the USNS Hospital Ship Mercy. 
Photographer: Don Bray, released to Public Domain.

BANGLADESH — US Navy Nurse LTJG Cathrine Soteras of Long Beach, California, discuses a patients condition with Operation Smile nurse Simran Singh of Canada, in a recovery room aboard US Naval Hospital Ship USNS Mercy. The ship was in the third month of a scheduled five-month deployment to host nations in the Pacific Islands, and South and Southeast Asia, having recently completed 24 days of humanitarian assistance to the people of the southern Philippines. Mercy is uniquely capable of supporting medical and humanitarian assistance needs and is configured with special medical equipment and a robust multi-specialized medical team that can provide a range of services ashore as well as aboard the ship. The Mercy’s mission is being carried out in conjunction with nongovernmental organizations, and in close coordination and partnership with local medical care professionals. Volunteers from Project HOPE, Operation Smile and the University of California at San Diego Pre-Dental Society joined Mercy, along with a contingent of military medical specialists from the U.S., India, Singapore, and Canada.
2006. Wikimedia. Photographer: Chief Mass Communication Specialist Don Bray, released to Public Domain —
see website

UGANDA — A local maternity nurse teaches young mothers about family planing methods in Kampala, Uganda.
2012. © Kyalie Photography for the 2012 Photoshare Photo Contest. Courtesy of Photoshare: ID: 8521-2 —

INDIA — Two youth working with 'Video Volunteers' — an international media and human rights NGO founded in 2003 that promotes community media to enable citizen participation in marginalized and poor communities around the world. One of VV's projects is IndiaUnheard a program that is constituted of a network of 'community correspondents' who are stringers trained to tell stories about their own communities. IndiaUnheard Community Correspondents make 3-4 min videos for which Video Volunteers pays Rs 1300 each. These videos are later shown on social networking sites and sometimes on TV which link rural communities with a truly global audience.
2011. Wikimedia. Photographer:
Bavvgagoa, used with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license — http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vactiv.jpg

INDIA — A community worker near Jodhpur, India, helps Veerni Project nurses and social workers (seated) keep track of pregnancies and malnutrition cases in her village. The Veerni Project focuses on women, girls, families and communities in the desert areas around Jodhpur, India, with medical, educational, nutrition and community development programs to bring about change in their communities.
2006. © Rose Reis, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 176-5 http://www.photoshare.org/photo/176-5

india.indiaunheardPhoto Credit: Wikimedia, 2011: Video Volunteers. Photographer: Bavvgagoa, Used with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license. 

 MALAWI — photo depicts home-based care nurse Alex Ngalande using FrontlineSMS software on a laptop computer at St. Gabriel 39;s Hospital in Namitete, Malawi. FrontlineSMS:Medic is a team committed to supporting community health workers (CHWs) in the developing world using appropriate mobile technology. After almost a year of working with FrontlineSMS in Malawi, FrontlineSMS:Medic is launching to extend the capabilities of this software and bring it to health centers across several continents.
© 2008, Josh Nesbit, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 351-42 —

Superimposed image from above: India. © 2006 Rose Reis, Courtesy of Photoshare ID: 176-5 http://www.photoshare.org/photo/176-5

 UNSPECIFIED SITE — Photo of System76 laptop Ubuntu Edgy login screen adapted for titling and credits.
2007. Wikimedia. Photographer Simon Law, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

 Music Credit: To create this 2 minute music track for non-commercial use, our volunteer non-profit team has accessed excerpts from the 'Jupiter' theme of 'The Planets' by Gustav Holst — performed by Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam), Neville Marriner, Conductor. Philips Records recorded this in 1977. We accessed this track from www.Archives.org 'Community Audio' of the Internet Archive, a non-profit that is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. But, the Philips label no longer exists. So our team is now researching to discover who would now own this copyright and — if this person or group can be found — will be happy to write and ask permission for this use. For now, we send much appreciation to the Concertgebouw Orchestra, to Sir Neville Marriner, Conductor and to Philips Records for creating this beautiful and elegant recording!

NARRATION: Deva-Marie Beck / Wayne Kines

VIDEO DESIGN / EDIT: Deva-Marie Beck

In keeping with the intent of this project, this video was created on a laptop computer using internal computer sound and basic software from Adobe: Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements.

To learn more about the growing grassroots-to-global work of the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health —including the Canadian non-profit organization NIGH World — see: http://www.NIGHtingaleDeclaration.net.



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