Lessons

Tuberculosis: A Call to Action

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Image by David Rochkind. Vietnam, 2014.

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USAID South Africa: Promoting Awareness that Tuberculosis is Curable. Creative Commons.

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Pedro Robles died from AIDS in a Tijuana, Mexico, hospice in 2013 without ever receiving treatment. Image by Malcolm Linton. Tijuana, 2014.

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Face masks create a stigma in townships such as this one outside Cape Town. Image by Meera Senthilingam. South Africa, 2014.

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A pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City. Image by David Rochkind. Vietnam, 2014.

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Image by Meera Senthilingam. South Africa, 2014.

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Community health volunteer Do Kim Lang (left) speaks with patients. Image by David Rochkind. Vietnam, 2014.

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Extensively drug-resistant TB Unit at Brooklyn Chest Hospital. Image by Meera Senthilingam. South Africa, 2014.

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In Mali, a mother administers an anti-malarial drug to her child. Image by Amy Maxmen. Mali, 2013.

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A health worker helps a mother give her child malaria medicine to prevent the disease. Image by Amy Maxmen. Mali, 2013.

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Highly infectious research facility. Image by Meera Senthilingam. South Africa, 2014.

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A health worker gives malaria medicine to a healthy child. Image by Amy Maxmen. Mali, 2013.

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A health worker prepares anti-malaria medications. Image by Amy Maxmen. Mali, 2013.

Instructions:

1. Watch the Youtube video that introduces David Rochkind (our guest speaker) and visual journalism.

The Role of Visual Journalism in Global Health

2. Read the set of short articles in this lesson.

Start with “South Africa: TB Community Borrowing a Page from HIV/AIDS” to get a sense of how the current state of TB is described to a general audience.  (Remember that South Africa is on the cutting edge of world TB policy.)

3. Answer the following discussion questions (in the Questions section at right) and prepare detailed notes to use for our discussion on Wednesday April 6.  (Your grade for in-class activity 5 will be based on your in-class contributions; you will not have to submit a written assignment.)

In the video, David Rochkind discusses the purposes of “visual journalism”: "engage people on issues" … ”give them an emotional understanding of what's happening”… “you want them to care about your issue”…“that can't be done with data alone or with writing alone”.  To be sure, visual journalism is an important output in itself, but today we will examine the role it can play in driving policy change by inspiring readers to “do something”.  The question we have from a policy perspective is, how is the impact of these articles on the reader translated (or not) into some kind of action that could lead to policy changes?

Educator Notes: 

Pulitzer Center Education Department note: The following lesson plan is written for students to be able to explore the resources and reflection exercises independently.

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