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Danny Ghitis and Celia Tobin July 9, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in India.
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Danny Ghitis and Celia Tobin, both 25, are documentary photographers and multimedia producers who believe in journalism as a catalyst for social change. They met at the University of Florida where they recently earned their journalism degrees. After completing various newspaper internships, they traveled to India in 2007 to collaborate on social issue stories, including a project on Indian public health care through a burn ward in Varanasi. Though they value pursuing individual freelance projects, they look forward to combining their efforts again in the future. Between them, they have been recognized by the Hearst Photojournalism Awards, the Northern Short Course, College Photographer of the Year, Associated Press and NPPA clip contests. They will soon be based out of New York City.

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Dr. A.K. Pradan moves on to the next patient after briefly checking 13-year-old Chandni Gupta (in bed) as her mother, Suroj, looks for more answers to her questions. With the hospital understaffed and overcrowded, Pradan moves quickly in order to see approximately 150 patients in various wards. Though his specialization is plastic surgery, he works to cover other specialist staff vacancies, such as neurology. While India’s private health care improves, government spending on public health is among the lowest in the world: about $4 a year per person. Shri Shiv Prasad hospital in the ancient city of Varanasi is overcrowded and short on resources, like most government-run medical facilities in India. Every day, poor families from surrounding villages come seeking care for relatives that have suffered severe burns. Most victims are women burned in kitchen accidents. Others are victims of dowry-related violence.

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