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Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a word of African origin that means “I am because we are”. Solidarity, humanity, trust and support for each other. It is precisely this that fills the lens of photographer André François for more than a decade, capturing scenes of people in the health universe in Brazil and in the world.

 

André François decided to create the Ubuntu photographic documentary, focusing on raising awareness about the importance of health, education, health promotion and quality of life through caring and connecting people. André went deep in the issue since 2008, visiting more than 14 countries. From Amerindian communities like the Yanomamis in Roraima state, Brazil, and the Inuits in Nunavut, Canada, through Japan, China, Bolivia, Cambodia, the United States and Haiti to South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

 

To Kelly Cavalete, 2012 Mavalane project coordinator for Doctors Without Borders in Maputo, Mozambique, to participate of the project was a great way to show to the world the reality experienced by patients and Doctors Without Borders health professionals in Mozambique. “The pictures are now part of our outreach work and awareness for the Mozambican population”.

 

With a long material in each trip, the Ubuntu still is in development and the almost one decade work’s result soon will be reveled.

Funeral held around Siem Reap. Cambodia, 2008.

Yanomami Indigenous community. Brazil, 2008.

Muslim woman of Sudanese origin prays at Queens, one of the most multicultural neighborhoods in the world. United States, 2011.

Kid eats seal meat during lunch in Iqaluit, a Nunavut province. Canada, 2010.

Emergency care in Port-au-Prince, after earthquake. Haiti, 2010.

Teenager searches for her parents in Ishinomaki. Place was seriously damaged by tsunami. Japan, 2011.

Program by LoveLife NGO, in Johannesburg, connects parents who lost their children with HIV and kids who lost their parents with HIV. South Africa, 2012.

Line to get medications in Lesotho. Country residents face great distances to access the health system. Lesotho, 2012.

Lesotho resident receives medication for HIV from Doctors Without Borders. The country is located between the mountains, so people have to face many challenges to access the health system. Lesotho, 2012.

Doctor tells mother her baby is HIV negative. Mozambique, 2012.

Masai woman planting corn, action that was only possible after a project, created by locals, brought water to the community. Kenya, 2012.

Teens in Mukuru, a Nairobi slum, getting ready to promote agriculture in their community. Kenya, 2012.

Young woman diagnosed with HIV gets treatment from Doctors Without Borders, in Kibera, one of the biggest slums in the world. Kenya, 2012.

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Young Masai takes care of cattle on the conservation área from Il Ngwesi community. Kenya, 2012.

Mother carries twin sisters; family participates a malnutrition and nutrition education program promoted by Unicef. Uganda, 2012.

Health agent testes baby for malaria, in Kismu. Results arrive by mobile phone. Kenya, 2012.

Unicef agent examines baby who participated the malnutrition program. Uganda, 2012.

Dad gets assistance from hospice to take care of his son, who is at terminal stage. Uganda, 2012.

iFad program/UN: a family receives a big and gets responsible to donate its first piglet to another family. Burundi, 2012.

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Rice plantation in front of a coal plant. Many areas have been expropriated to give place to plants, putting an end to the agriculture areas. China, 2013.

Traditional family from Yunnan region. China, 2013.

Family lives and works in Cerro Rico. The mother is a mine watcher while her son started working as a miner during school vacations. Bolivia, 2015.

Cerro Rico miners, in Potosí, discharging the waste of another exhausting day of work. Bolivia, 2015.

© 2016 by ANDRÉ FRANÇOIS
 

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Family lives and works in Cerro Rico. The mother is a mine watcher while her son started working as a miner during school vacations. Bolivia, 2015.