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...
Midwives are women, mothers, who have devoted their lives to providing safe motherhood to other women and mothers.
Access to skilled care from a trained midwife during pregnancy, childbirth and after delivery is key to saving a mother’s life and that of her child. By training more midwives, AMREF is helping deliver an immediate, lasting solution to reduce maternal mortality in Ethiopia.
Photos and footage were captured in Jinka, Ethiopia, in 2013 documenting AMREF Canada’s program to improve maternal and child health in the Omo Valley.
"Powerful images tell stories unlike any other medium can. And, ‘powerful’ is an understatement when it comes to Paolo Patruno’s photographs.
Collaborating with Paolo to document our mother and child health project in South Omo, Ethiopia is one of the best decisions we’ve made.
His photographs capture the heart of our work, communicating at once both the struggles and the hope of one of the most important issues facing African communities today. Paolo’s passion for maternal health and his experience photographing its highs and lows made him a natural partner for AMREF, whose mandate is to show how African communities are at the centre of transforming lives for generations to come.
Most importantly for us, Paolo showed tremendous respect for all of the mothers, babies, nurses, midwives, doctors and community members he photographed."
— Jennifer Foulds. Communications and PR Director, AMREF Canada