Ubuntu is a word of African origin that means “I am because we are”. Solidarity, humanity, trust and support for each other. It is precisely this that fills the lens of photographer André François for more than a decade, capturing scenes of people in the health universe in Brazil and in the world.
André François decided to create the Ubuntu photographic documentary, focusing on raising awareness about the importance of health, education, health promotion and quality of life through caring and connecting people. André went deep in the issue since 2008, visiting more than 14 countries. From Amerindian communities like the Yanomamis in Roraima state, Brazil, and the Inuits in Nunavut, Canada, through Japan, China, Bolivia, Cambodia, the United States and Haiti to South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
To Kelly Cavalete, 2012 Mavalane project coordinator for Doctors Without Borders in Maputo, Mozambique, to participate of the project was a great way to show to the world the reality experienced by patients and Doctors Without Borders health professionals in Mozambique. “The pictures are now part of our outreach work and awareness for the Mozambican population”.
With a long material in each trip, the Ubuntu still is in development and the almost one decade work’s result soon will be reveled.
“I appreciate to André and his team from Brazil by spend a time with us in Uganda and give us a amazing opportunity to show our work of palliative care to cancer and HIV patients”, tell Eddie Mwebesa, doctor and clinical director of Hospice Africa Uganda.