248222 “Chobi, chobi!!” Beyond photovoice: The taking and giving of pictures in Bangladesh

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 9:42 AM

Hendrika Maltby, PhD, RN , Nursing, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Purpose: What is the meaning of a picture? In the USA we have access to a myriad of electronic devices to take pictures. We think nothing of taking pictures and posting them on a social networking site such as Facebook within minutes. Or we take them to Walmart and use the kiosk to print out copies for family and friends. Photographs commemorate our lives. But what if you have no cameras? What if you never had a picture of your family, your child? Methods: A three week public health immersion experience for senior undergraduate nursing students in Bangladesh has been occurring since 2008. I have always been bothered by taking pictures but being unable to give a print to the person. Therefore, I brought along a portable picture printer. We were able to give pictures to families who had never before had them. The following year I bought an updated portable photo printer with a long-life battery. Results: Families knew that we could print out pictures for them, and we waited while they got dressed up in their best. Sitting in family compounds taking and printing pictures is an emotional experience; something so simple can mean so much. Implications: While our purpose was to learn about the Bangladeshi public health system, we became absorbed in giving families memories through photography. It became a powerful method to build a community partnership and has led to several photovoice projects that may be the basis of future health education programs.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
Describe the purpose and process of taking family pictures in Bangladesh. Discuss how the process has led to photovoice projects. Analyze future applications of family photography in building community partnerships.

Keywords: Community Participation, Developing Countries

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: PI on the project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.