Access to quality health care is a fundamental right and not a luxury. Each individual should be able to go to a clinic or hospital and get the care and medications they need, regardless of ability to pay. Yet every year worldwide, more than a 100 million people fall into poverty as a result of health expenditure which they can not cope with and hundreds of millions more waive treatment due to a lack of money.
Every minute, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth due to a lack of basic medical care. 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries.
Oxfam France and Magnum Photos have collaborated on a photographic project highlighting the difficulties of access to care for millions of people in the South, through the example of Senegal.
Khady Dieng is pregnant. She had a miscarriage with her first child.
Ouleye Dia and her daughter in the bedroom.
Bineta Sow and Nene Sow on the threshold of their parents’ bedroom.
Bed of Aminata Diallo Dieye.
Mother and daughter in their bedroom. Odile Sarr and Marthe Elisabeth.
Odile Sarr laying on her bed.
Portrait of Mouna Kamara. She was burned on her breasts and arms. She also fell on her leg and she is unable to take care of her wounds because of lack of money.
Ibrahima Barry, son of Thierno Seydou Barry, suffers from tuberculosis.
Ramata Thiam and her sick daughter Darietou in the emergency room of Dakar Children Hospital. Darietou has a serious heart condition and suffers from sickle-cell disease.
Mother and her newborn in the maternity ward in Sebikotane.
Alisse Sow with her son. He is suffering from sickle-cell disease.
Mother and sick child sleeping in the emergency room of Dakar Children Hospital.
Gnima Diedhiou is fanning her sick child to help her feel more comfortable in Dakar Children Hospital. She is suffering from sickle-cell disease.
Mame Diara Bousso Sogue with her baby Maimoura Ly in Dakar Children Hospital.
Children playing with a skipping-rope in the streets of Pikine. The girl with the yellow dress is the daughter of Ndiaté Ndiaye.
Children playing in the streets of Pikine. The boy with the ball is the son of Oumou Kaire.
Oumou Kaire has severe skin disease. Her daughter is applying special ointments on her body. Though Oumou would need to use the treatment every day, she cannot afford it.
Daughter of Oumou Kaire. She wants to become a doctor. Her mother is in pain, which is causing her great suffering. Oumou has a severe skin disease and cannot afford to pay for the treatment.
Two women watching TV. They are both part of the women association in Pikine.
Ndeye Kangou Dieng, daughter of Oumou Kaire. She wants to become a doctor. Her mother is in pain, which is causing her great suffering. Oumou has a severe skin disease and cannot afford to pay for the treatment.
Children playing near the garbage incineration on Ngor Island.