GMB Akash shows how health workers go the distance to try and reach every Bangladeshi child. By boat on remote waterways and by foot through sandy pathways, Akash follows health workers as they bring vaccines to some of the most remote areas of Bangladesh. Akash spent many days in the field, lovingly capturing almost every aspect of the country’s successful vaccination program. In his photos, young mothers cross flood zones with their babies in their arms to reach the health clinic; an elderly man transports vaccines to a remote island by boat; and pregnant women receive antenatal care, including tetanus vaccine. He also captures young children ill in hospital with pneumonia, for which Bangladesh will soon introduce a vaccine.
“Every day in the morning children and mothers are coming to the clinic for vaccination. Everyone, including the poorest, know how important vaccination is.”
Bangladeshi photographer GMB Akash considers photography his language: to access, to communicate, to identify and mostly to be heard. Through his photos, he articulates the experiences of the voiceless and brings their identities to the forefront. GMB Akash has travelled intensively in 22 countries, received more than 75 international awards and his work has been featured in over 100 major international publications.
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Photo Credit: S.M. Kakon