Paolo Patruno

Photographer/Filmmaker
  
Location: Bologna
Nationality: Italian
Biography: I am a freelance documentary photographer and filmmaker. I traveled throughout Africa over the past ten years, documenting global topics, including health care, education, human rights, gender issues, sustainable development. Since 2011 I’m... read on
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BIRTH is a DREAM
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In 2011 I started my "BIRTH IS A DREAM" a documentary project which aims to document and raise awareness about maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Every year in Sub-Saharan Africa 200.000 mothers die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
A mother's death is a human tragedy, affecting families and communities. Her death endangers the lives of a surviving newborn and any other young children; a mother's death makes it harder for the family to obtain life's necessities and escape the crush of poverty. A great many of these deaths are preventable, when women have access to quality prevention, diagnostic, and treatment services.

 I started my project in Malawi, where the words for pregnancy in the local language—'pakati' and 'matenda'—translate into 'between life and death' and 'sick'.
That’s where I met an English midwife, Rachel MacLeod, who practiced for nearly 14 years in Spain before moving to Malawi to work as a senior clinical midwife in the labor ward of the Bwaila Hospital, in the capital Lilongwe; she opened my eyes to the maternal health crisis in Africa.
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Since 2011 the project has been shot across Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Visit the "BIRTH IS A DREAM" website to view the stories I've documented: www.birthisadream.org

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EDC - Multimedia

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EDC Rwanda

By Paolo Patruno — EDC - Education Development Center. Kigali, Rwanda. Nearly 40 percent of Rwanda’s population is between the ages of 14-35. Every year there are..
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EDC - Multimedia

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Birth is a Dream - Multimedia

By Paolo Patruno — Birth is a Dream project
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Outside the ring

By Paolo Patruno — Lilongwe, Malawi.
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Street children

By Paolo Patruno — Kabale, Uganda Anold, 12. Moses, 14. Elisha, 15. Nestori, 16. Allan, 13. Dick, 14. Michael, 16. Joseph, 14. These are names and age of some of the..
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Living disability

By Paolo Patruno — Lilongwe, Malawi
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Circomondo Festival

By Paolo Patruno — Siena, Italy
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Alcohol abuse

By Paolo Patruno — Lilongwe, Malawi Wellington, 34 years old. Married with Elube, 28 years, they have 3 children 10, 6 and 3 years old. Since 2008 he has worked at..
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Music

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Portrait

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Wedding Stefy+Luigi

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Fine Art

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500miles

By Paolo Patruno — 500miles - Lilongwe, Malawi. 500miles is a Charity that supports amputees and other disabled people in Malawi and Zambia, mainly focuses in..
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WFRM DRC

By Paolo Patruno — WFRM DRC - Bukavu, DRC. The World Family of Radio Maria is a non-governmental organization (NGO) and its founding member is the Italian..
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UMCOR

By Paolo Patruno — UMCOR. The United Methodist Committee on Relief Lubumbashi-Mulungwishi, DRC. The United Methodist Church has a long and far-reaching presence..
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Solar Sister

By Paolo Patruno — SOLAR SISTER - Kampala, Uganda. Solar Sister is an award winning social enterprise supporting women and girls in rural Africa by providing..
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RC

By Paolo Patruno — Ricerca e Cooperazione - Blantyre, Malawi. Chipalamba Toto Project This initiative aims at fighting the growing phenomenon of land..
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Seva Canada

By Paolo Patruno — SEVA CANADA - Blantyre, Malawi. Lions Sight First Eye Hospital Seva is a charity organization working for children and adults in Africa...
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Play Soccer

By Paolo Patruno — PLAY SOCCER - Blantyre, Malawi.
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MSF TB Uganda

By Paolo Patruno — MSF. Médecins sans Frontières Kitgum, Uganda. Uganda is one of the world's 22 high burden countries for tuberculosis (TB). MSF's experience..
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Fedoma

By Paolo Patruno — FEDOMA  - Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi Lilongwe, Malawi. In Malawi, people with disabilities are among the poorest of..
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Separated At Birth (Cameroon)

By Paolo Patruno — SEPARATED at BIRTH - Cameroon. 2014 "I can’t really forget that day, a lady from the social service came in and said firmly “Madame today we..
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Girls, Women Too Early (Cameroon)

By paolo patruno — GIRLS: WOMEN TOO EARLY - Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014 Christine, 17-years-old, got married when she was 15, lost her first child when she was 16, and..
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