, photographerCharlene Reynolds
, United States Agency for International Development Bureau for Global Health, Maternal and Child Survival Program, client
In early 2018, I went to Abakaliki, Nigeria, to photograph health-care programs for a nonprofit funded by the United States Agency for International Development. In one hospital, I encountered an innovative care technique for premature babies called the Kangarooing. Supplies in the area are very limited, so immediately after birth, parents are encouraged to keep the newborn close to their own skin for warmth, like a kangaroo’s pouch, until the child thrives. This man, the father, is in his late 60s. The mother of this child is his third wife. This is her seventh child. Though he has many other children, this was the first time he was able to hold his child right after birth, and he was quite happy about the experience. To emphasize the securely wrapped tiny newborn, I focused on just the father’s torso.