Tefé was among the remote towns in the Amazon region affected by the collapse of the health system in the state capital, Manaus, in January. At the height of the emergency, even critically ill patients could not be referred to better-equipped hospitals in Manaus for treatment.
Bonifácia de Oliveira celebrated her 109th birthday in the COVID-19 ward of Tefé Regional Hospital in Brazil’s Amazonas state. The centenarian’s strong spirit and sense of humor made a deep impact on the team as they worked to respond to a devastating second wave of COVID-19 sweeping the region earlier this year.
Video | A documentary short story about Finn, a 81 years old Danish retired bricklayer that recently lost his wife and traveled abroad for the first time after she passed away in 2015. Finn travelled on a bike from Denmark to Norway as part of a Cycling Without Age long-ride trip.
Part of a narrative storytelling project developed for Cycling Without Age, a not-for-profit organization in Denmark.
A retrospective video and a selection of 2 web clips highlighting MSF’s presence and humanized medical care in Brazil during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 25 original videos were created and shared with the MSF movement worldwide between 2020-2021.
During the months of June and July 2021, MSF supported local health structures in the municipality of Portel, on the island of Marajó, Brazil. This video was produced during an eight-day boat trip, visiting riverside communities along the Anapu River.
COVID-19: Indigenous care in São Gabriel da Cachoeira
São Gabriel da Cachoeira, Brazilian municipality with the greatest indigenous predominance in the country, was affected by a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the state of Amazonas between January and February 2021. MSF treated moderate cases in a primary health care unit and implemented rapid antigen testing. Health promotion teams also carried out activities in the Baniwa, Nheengatu, Tukano and Portuguese languages on prevention and social distancing measures, as well as distributed hygiene kits.
Videos | In the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, patients and experts talk about the pain and consequences of living with leishmaniasis, a neglected disease.
A video, documentary journalistic series produced by the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) in Latin America, a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development (R&D) organization that is developing new treatments for neglected diseases.
350 million people in 98 countries are at risk of contracting leishmaniasis, a disease caused by Leishmania, transmitted by sandflies. Although there is some progress in drug development, especially for visceral leishmaniasis (also known as kala-azar), current drugs remain expensive, toxic, difficult to administer, or ill-suited for use in remote areas. There is a lack of adequate treatment in Africa and Latin America. While there are some treatments recommended by WHO, sustainable access to treatment is not widely available in endemic countries.
A young mother struggles to access treatment and support, and give a better life for her family since burdened with cutaneous leishmaniasis.
João Lucas was only 8 months old when he was diagnosed with visceral leishmaniasis. This video is a tribute to his early-on struggles and a celebration of his successful treatment.
Moacir struggles with diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis, a disease with horrific physical and psychological burdens, and the lack of available and accessible treatments for 25 years.
A young, working boy, almost loses his means and motivation when treating against visceral leishmaniasis, a fatal disease.
A Master’s academic and professional thesis project, “What’s Your Story” or “First person narratives for nonprofit public relations: Empathy, engagement, empowerment, and change,” focuses on the prospect of narrative, non-fiction, first-person short videos for nonprofit organizations as an effective means to bring about empathy and behavioral change through digital social sharing – How can the use of such narratives be a valuable strategy to transform how we perceive, connect, and, ultimately, help others?
The thesis project draws upon public relations and transportation theory to address the current communication activities and challenges of Women AdvaNCe: a nonpartisan organization committed to delivering thoughtful knowledge, advocacy content and building a network and community for women leaders and leaders-to-be in North Carolina.
In addition, during the spring of 2017, two short documentary-style films were produced to assist WomenAdvaNCe in their communication and relationship-building efforts.
I completed my Master’s degree in strategic and visual communications at the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which I attended as a Rotary Peace Fellow.
Watch me present at the Rotary Peace Center conference!
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