news Saturday, June 06, 2015 - 05:30
A research project by Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) and Future Health Systems (FHM) has gauged through the lives of women living in three blocks of remote riverine islands in the Sundarbans through photography. Shibaji Bose, a former journalist and the frontrunner of this initiative, said that this research was conducted to check the health systems in vulnerable regions like the Sundarbans. It started seven months ago, when 80 women were given digital cameras and were trained to use them.     Photo Voice, a unique research method was used for the first time in India. It believes in role control where the women play an active part in the research as it is purely based on what they click.     “We told the women that they should shoot as they see it. The use of photo evidence is something that has always struck harder. The audio-visual medium is so much stronger,” says Bose.     Bose explains that these women would have as many as five children but have never ventured outside the house.  They have shot pictures which show the plight that they face on a daily basis. These framed moments actually reveal themselves as the social determinants of their health. They captured various problems that they face regarding shelter, malnutrition, sanitation and even climate change in the summer, winter and harvest seasons.     Along with the photographs, a 27-minute documentary "How Healthy are the Children of the Sundarbans" was released to show the vulnerability of a child’s health in the Sundarban region.  
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