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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...
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.