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6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

Health and Vaccinations in Congo - Text and Photos by Baudouin Mouanda

 

In his work, Congolese photographer Baudouin Mouanda examines ongoing political developments in the Republic of Congo. In October 2012, the introduction – as part of a preventative campaign – of the pneumococcal vaccine proved to be a very important development in terms of combating and eradicating diseases such as pneumonia.

In its 2011 report, the UN noted that Africa had seen great progress in terms of health and education, but pointed out that there is still an urgent need for further progress in the fields of maternal and child mortality.

The Republic of Congo has taken ​​a big step forward in terms of safeguarding the health of children, through the introduction of the pneumococcal vaccine, which protects against the major causes of pneumonia.

The announcement was made after an official ceremony at the Marien Ngoubi Health Centre in Brazzaville, during which the First Lady of the Republic of Congo, Madame Antoinette Sassou Nguesso, and the minister of health and population, François Ibovi, vaccinated a child in front of 200 Congolese mothers.

“In this year of health, as decreed by the President of the Republic, the introduction of this new vaccine is further proof of the government’s determination to guarantee the welfare of the people, and especially that of children, to enhance the future of the nation, and to make Congo stronger and healthier”, said François Ibovi, the minister of health.

About the author: Baudouin Mouanda (1981) is a Congolese photographer and member of the Generation Elili Collective and Afrique in Visu. He made his photographic debut in 1993. He soon began to write for local newspapers about the lives of residents of Brazzaville, breaking away from conformity and focusing particularly on the ongoing wars in the Congo, as also witnessed in his work The After-Effects of War. In 2007, he received training in Paris at the CFPJ (Centre for Journalistic Training and Improvement), where he produced a piece on the Congolese community in Paris and its suburbs entitled The Sapologie. He continued with his work in 2008 in Brazzaville. In 2009-2010, he presented his work at the exhibition “The Art of Being a Man” at the Dapper Museum in Paris, and then at the African Photography Encounters in Bamako, where he received the Young Talent Award, as well as another award from the Blanchere Foundation. He also spent three months in Libreville, Gabon (Visa pour la creation) developing his piece Hip-Hop and Society, and following the country’s presidential elections. Baudouin Mouanda’s work is published regularly in Africa in publications such as Jeune Afrique, VSD, L'Express Style and Planète Jeunes. His work is featured in a number of collections in France and abroad.