Graciela Iturbide

Mexico’s Rotavirus Vaccine Revolution

  • Emiliano Zapata, one of the most respected revolutionaries of Mexico, was born in the State of Morelos and became one of the icons of the revolutionary cause. His image is commonly seen throughout the State.

  • Nurse immunizers prepare for the day at a health clinic in the State of Morelos.

  • Nurse immunizers travelling through different communities in the State of Morelos providing equitable vaccine delivery to all children.

  • The nurses’ work in the field lasts from 8 am to 3 pm or later, all week if necessary.

  • A public health clinic in the State of Morelos.

  • Mexico’s immunization program provides free rotavirus vaccine for all children ages two to six months.

  • Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhea and dehydration among children in both developed and developing countries. Vaccines are the best way to protect children from rotavirus.

  • Dr. Vesta Richardson, the Morelos Minister of Health, co-authored a study that showed how rotavirus vaccine reduced child deaths in Mexico. This led to the recommendation to introduce the vaccine globally.

  • Dr. Guillermo Ruiz Palacios led a multi-country study demonstrating the rotavirus vaccine’s safety and efficacy. He is Chair of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition in Mexico City.

About The Art

Renowned photographer Graciela Iturbide journeyed with nurses in the State of Morelos, Mexico, as they traveled to communities to provide rotavirus vaccine to all children. Over the past few years, Mexico has seen a significant decline in diarrhea-related deaths among children. Iturbide’s rich black and white photographs capture day-to-day life of these nurses as they work together and with the families of the State of Morelos. Graciela also captures two Mexican leaders whose research has led to the introduction of rotavirus vaccine in the world’s poorest countries.

“Nurse immunizers travel through different communities providing equitable vaccine delivery to children. They show great commitment to the job. ”

Celebrated Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide was drawn to the art of still photography by the Mexican modernist master Manuel Alvarez Bravo. Graciela went on to travel and photograph the indigenous people, festivals and customs of Mexico. Widely exhibited and the winner of multiple prestigious awards, she continues to photograph everyday life in Mexico almost entirely in black-and-white. Learn more about Graciela Iturbide.

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