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Rebecca Gaal is a humanitarian photographer, painter, illustrator, writer and student of International public health studies. She is devoted to examining healthcare issues and...
The Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) is a consortium of over 95 academic, nongovernmental, and governmental partners from 26 countries committed to advancing the growth of a planetary health community of practice. As a field, planetary health is a policy-focused, transdisciplinary approach of applied research and practice aimed at understanding the human health impacts of Earth’s rapidly changing natural systems. A primary goal of the PHA is to foster global planetary health educational efforts to equip the next generation of planetary health scholars to address critical questions in this emerging field.
The PHA is developing case studies to strengthen and expand the field of planetary health by shining a light on cross-sectoral solutions that optimize human health in the face of global environmental change. The PHA is seeking a professional writer to create a cohesive anthology of strong case studies that represents a breadth of environmental drivers, health dimensions, geographies and populations at risk, and, above all, the value of using a planetary health lens in securing robust improvements in health.
The ideal candidate will possess excellent writing skills, have a strong appreciation for and demonstrated grasp of the power of storytelling, and have a well-worn passport.
Planetary Health Case Studies
Each planetary health case study will demonstrate how human disruptions of natural systems (e.g. climate change, biodiversity loss, freshwater scarcity, wildlife population collapses, etc.) can lead to increased burden of disease, and show how a better understanding of these connections can lead to interventions or policies with positive health outcomes. Case study content has been identified through a Call for Planetary Health Case Studies that was published in The Lancet, as well as collaboration with relevant UNFCCC Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity Awardees and outreach to Planetary Health Alliance members to identify diverse examples of planetary health in action. The complex and timely case studies include topics such as:
Land Use, Dam Building and Schistosomiasis in West Africa
This case study will explore the impact of agricultural land use and dam building on burden of schistosomiasis in West Africa, as well as how an ecological intervention reintroducing prawns downstream of the dam can combat the disease and provide a form of sustainable development for the region.
Cardiopulmonary Disease and Haze in South East Asia
This case study will explore the relationship between slash-and-burn agriculture and episodes of haze in South East Asia, focusing on the impact of haze on cardiopulmonary disease burden and the economic and political structures that enable annual occurrences.
Each completed case study will be approximately 5,000 words in length and will include multimedia such as photographs and video clips to bring the narrative to life. The PHA has created a framework to guide the writing of these case studies.
Create a cohesive anthology of 15 strong case studies for planetary health education, following the case study framework designed by the PHA and based on cases identified by the PHA team
Travel to the sites of each case study to be included in the anthology for interviews, multi-media capture, and proper contextualization of writing
Conduct research and interviews to strengthen and enrich the case study narratives by contacting experts in each domain
Minimum of 5 years of professional English writing experience in communications, journalism or related field
Demonstrated ability to build relationships, establish rapport and trust to engage individuals, with cultural and relational sensitivity
Ability to ‘think on your feet’ and come up with creative and practical solutions to challenges
Track record of working independently and productively
An eye for detail, grammar and consistency
Highly creative, process-driven and self-motivated
Ability to think critically about writing “voice” to relate to a target audience
Experience conducting interviews and primary research
Ability to collaborate effectively with Brunel University and PHA team members, even while in remote settings through responsive use of email, text and phone
Previous experience working in remote and low income country settings
Familiarity with photography and other media arts is strongly preferred
Familiarity with languages beyond English is a plus though not a requirement
Self-set, flexible hours but with expectation that the writer will meet mutually agreed upon milestones and deadlines for the completion of the 15 case studies over the course of 12 months.
Position will function as independent consultant with a total payment of up to GBP£53,000 for the completion of the 15 case studies, distributed incrementally as case studies are completed within the 12-month timeframe. Associated travel (all domestic and international flights and other transport) and relevant lodging costs will be covered. International travel and evacuation insurance will be covered. A per diem while traveling will not be provided.
To be considered for this position, please send the following to email@example.com:
Name and contact information for 3 references who can speak to your writing and ability to work independently yet collaboratively
Three to five writing samples, including a creative piece that demonstrates a strong sense of narrative and a thoroughly researched article
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until March 15th and the successful applicant will begin at the soonest mutually agreed upon date.
Friday, August 18, 2017
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Welcome to the soft launch of MAHERY.org (Madagascar Health and Environmental Research). Over the coming weeks photo stories will be added to help visually express the importance of the research performed by the MAHERY team. Our first blog post talking about the creation of MAHERY and Harvard University’s Planetary Health Undergraduate program is now live on National Geographic Voices.
Interested in Stories and/or News from Madagascar?
Please inquire for special requests and announcements. Expedition leaves May 15th, 2017
I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be working with Harvard University and the Planetary Health Alliance in Madagascar to both document and teach. Field research topics will include-
1) fisheries and food security in the Antongil Bay of Madagascar; 2) eco-epidemiology of malaria and other vector-borne diseases in Northeastern Madagascar; 3) health system improvement and disease surveillance in Northeastern Madagascar; 4) poultry interventions to solve the bushmeat crisis in Makira National Park. 5) how climate change will affect sea temperature rise and lead to fishery collapses across the world, preventing malnourished people from accessing adequate nutritious foods
I’m absolutely over the moon excited to share that I’ve been included in the WOMEN PHOTOGRAPH movement! It’s an incredible feeling to be surrounded by many of the most respected and talented women in photography. Women whose work I’ve studied. Women who I deeply admire. Women who I wanted to be like when I was a little girl. Cheers to an era of people coming together to stand up for what they believe in.
The close of a successful expedition exploring connections between environment and human health prompts further research on how to help those deeply effected in the high mountains of Nepal.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, and the poorest in Asia after Afghanistan. Twenty five percent of the population live below the poverty line, and the average annual income is below $700 USD. To make matters worse, in April of 2015, Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake, and reconstruction has been seriously hampered by political infighting.
This was my second year joining a group of clinicians to serve in the poorest and most rural areas in the Himalayas.
Dolpo has a fifty percent infant mortality rate and twenty five percent maternal mortality rate. Village health clinics are rarely utilized, and health care workers are few in this region. Dolpo’s remoteness, material poverty, and lack of medical care has made it an important area to bring aid.
More then 100 Nepalis and Westerners walked over 140 miles in five weeks across terrain ranging from 6,600' to 17,600', and saw over 900 patients in five clinics, and numerous smaller trail-side clinics.The team distributed 1,000 toothbrushes, and offered basic healthcare education. We did vision testing and gave out 600 reading glasses for vision acuity improvement, as well as 600 sunglasses to help prevent eye damage from the sun. We brought a portable ultra-sound unit and were able to do cardiac evaluations as well as pregnancy checks. Over 500 hundred Little Sun solar lights were donated to households in Dolpo, where they are invaluable in communities suffering from indoor pollution from yak dung fires, which cause pulmonary and eye disease. The team was also able to donate medicines and diagnostic devices to Dunai Hospital and other health posts on the trail and a number of diagnostic devices were given to one of our Nepali Health Workers for use in the Gorkha area effected by the earthquake.
For more information on our journey, outcomes, plans going forward or photo stories please send a personal message. Rebgaal@gmail.com
I'll be sharing some of my work this Saturday at Keeble & Shuchat in Palo Alto, California if anyone is in the area. Would be wonderful to meet with some fellow photographers if anyone is in the Bay Area. Will be there for the week!
Elated to have my image "The Block" make it to the final judging round out of nearly 5,000 entries. It is an honor to be included amongst such amazing photographers. Thank you to the All About Photo Awards- The Mind's Eye jury and the wonderful people at the Seva Institute for the incredible work they do.
Calling all photo lovers ages 18-24 yrs young! I'm pleased to announce that my friend and colleague Kevin Connelly and I will be teaching a month long photography workshop in India this summer! If you know any appropriate humans who might find this interesting please send them my way or direct them here: https://www.pacificdiscovery.org/student-programs-semester-summer-gap-year/india-travel-photography-summer-program.aspx
Throughout the program we’ll be discussing photography techniques, working on assignments, participating in critiques, and learning how capturing images can bring us closer to people. Rather than having classroom lectures, we’ll be out in the streets, mountains and homes of the people of India learning about their culture and doing our best to understand their lifestyles. Our trip will conclude with an exhibition of our best photos in downtown Delhi at an art gallery where we can share our imagery, and discuss how the images affected us and have made our time in India so special.
India Summer Program Highlights
Cultural exchange and service learning week of English conversation classes for Tibetan monks
Photography assignments and critiques throughout the trip
3-day homestay with a Ladakhi family
Camel riding through the Himalayan mountains
Yoga and meditation classes
Visiting the home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile
Historical Varanasi and the Ganges River
Delhi’s colorful markets and busy streets
Tibetan cooking course
Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
Informal lectures and discussions on history, culture, society and environment
Very personalized small group experience - just 14 participants
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Truly excited to have two prints in a brand new gallery created by the incredible Pilar Law. Pilar is not only an amazing photographer and human being but a huge supporter of creatives. It is a real honor. The show is just in time for Valentines day. HEART is about more than hearts, it’s about compassion and mystery, devotion and intimacy, joy and regret; the threadbare kind of love that softens with the years. HEART is an exhibition that celebrates the eye of photographers who aimed their lens at the universal subject of love and gave it their individual interpretation. Edition One is a unique concept gallery showcasing contemporary photography in editions of one. Edition One collectors will find exclusive access to new photographic works both from emerging and established photographers in Santa Fe and around the world. www.editionone.gallery
I'm thrilled to announce the launch of my new website! http://www.rebeccagaal.com This would not have been possible without the expertise and support of Adriana and Graham. Thank you.
Next week I will begin to take you on a visual walk through of my most recent project on Instagram. The Nomads Clinic- a month in Dolpo, Nepal. The acclaimed writer Rebecca Solnit, was a part of our group and her story was published this morning in The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/12/21/medical-mountaineers Would love for you to follow along.