December 14, 2023
Every day, FHI 360 staff around the world work to ensure that people have access to the resources, skills and knowledge they need to lead full and healthy lives.
Below, enjoy some of our favorite photos of FHI 360’s work in action in 2023, as well as the stories behind them. Together, they illustrate how we are working to create a world where opportunity is within reach for all people.
The baby of 22-year-old Chhan Saloeng, right, arrived while Saloeng was on her way to the hospital by boat. That is the only way to get to the nearest hospital from her home, a remote village in Koh Kong, Cambodia. Despite the challenges of delivering a healthy baby in a boat on the water, Saloeng’s midwife, Tlang Sotheavy, used her training to ensure that mother and baby benefited from skin-to-skin contact and early breastfeeding. The training was supported by Cambodia’s Ministry of Health and Alive & Thrive, an initiative of FHI 360’s nutrition practice that aims to improve maternal, infant and young child nutrition. This photo was captured by Reth Vanda, the ambulance driver who helped transport Saloeng to the hospital. Photo credit: Reth Vanda for FHI 360
Friends Kauu Babe Game, left, and Jalo Modu, right, learn at a child-friendly facility in Borno state, Nigeria. The protracted armed conflict in northeast Nigeria has left millions of children out of school. FHI 360 is providing hundreds of children with basic literacy and math instruction through the Strengthening Humanitarian Response and Sustainability in Nigeria (SURE-SN) project, which is funded by the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Photo credit: Busayo Iruemiobe/FHI 360
Iruemiobe, an FHI 360 technical officer, says of taking the photo, “This was my first field tour, with the aim of familiarizing myself with FHI 360’s impact in camps for internally displaced people and host communities. After observing the kids, I got the feeling they really wanted to be in the classroom. It was a choice, as well as being a break in the monotony of camp life. They were largely oblivious to my presence and were fixated on their instructor, a young female community volunteer. The photos l managed to capture were candid moments of the students hanging on to the words of their lively and soft-spoken instructor.”
Nurses participate in a birth simulation training at Nacala Porto Hospital in Mozambique’s Nampula province. The simulations are part of the Alcançar: Achieving Quality Health Services for Women and Children project, which is funded by USAID and led by FHI 360, in collaboration with a consortium of local and international partners. The realistic simulations were developed by FHI 360’s partner PRONTO International and are one way that Alcançar is working to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in Nampula and Zambézia provinces. Since 2020, Alcançar has helped facilitate over 2,000 birth simulations across 250 health facilities. Photo credit: Mbuto Machili for FHI 360
From left to right, Samar Jandoubi, Sami Yahyaoui and Sabrine Balti renovate the Elbyesa Cultural Center in Douar Hicher, Manouba governorate, Tunisia. They are part of the Changers Association, a local community-based organization supported by the USAID Tunisia Ma3an (“Together” in Arabic) project. Ma3an seeks to address young people’s grievances and improve their access to services, opportunities for civic engagement, and skills needed for the local job market in marginalized Tunisian communities. In January 2023, the Changers Association launched several civic initiatives to create more safe spaces in their community, connecting young people to services and skills while encouraging greater participation in civic and political life. Photo credit: Dhia Labidi for FHI 360
Dina Pushkina, left, an FHI 360 social worker, assists patient Tamara Kalinicheva, right, in Kherson Oblast, Ukraine. Pushkina is a member of a mobile medical team that is part of the Ukraine Humanitarian Assistance Response Program (UHARP) program. FHI 360 leads the implementation of UHARP, which is funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. The program provides health, protection, and mental health and psychosocial support services, focusing on rural and hard-to-reach areas that were occupied during the early months of the Russian invasion. This photo is taken from documentarian Ivan Fomichenko’s videos of the work. Photo credit: Ivan Fomichenko for FHI 360
Fomichenko, a documentary cinematographer, says, “I always focus on the story. I try to tell it visually and through characters’ emotions, which I observe during their interactions with other people. I believe that people need other people. When I’m filming, people first need some attention to their personality. Then they need some honest conversation, and they should understand that they are not alone.”
From left to right, Abdoulaye, 10, Abiba, 8, and Marie, 9, are students at the Arafat Public Primary School in Benin. They are raising their fingers to show their agreement to participate in a survey measuring the prevalence of schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis among primary school students. The survey was administered as part of the Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) | West project, which is funded by USAID and led by FHI 360. Schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis are two of five diseases that the project is working to eradicate. Photo credit: Rodrigue Olympio for FHI 360
Le Tuan Cuong, left, director of the Niem Tin Song Tien social enterprise in Tien Giang, Viet Nam, demonstrates correct condom use with Lam Ho Thai Nguyen, a student, during a knowledge-sharing session. Niem Tin Song Tien creates a safe space for members of key populations, such as men who have sex with men and transgender women, to access education and HIV services, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). This session was supported by the Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project, which is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and USAID and led by FHI 360. Photo credit: Tran Thien Tu/RICE Content & Media for FHI 360
Molatelo Boloka works on a pipe installation project that will increase access to water in her community, Ga-Kibi, in Limpopo province, South Africa. Despite South Africa’s high unemployment rate, which sits at over 30%, Boloka was able to find a job as a construction worker after participating in an intensive economic strengthening program through FHI 360’s Capacity Development and Support program. Boloka has gained skills such as plumbing and pipe inspection, and with the support of the program, she has developed a savings habit. Her goal is to use her savings to start her own business. Photo credit: Nocwaka Sinxadi for FHI 360
Representatives from various sectors, invited by the Strengthening Together Activity (STA), which is funded by USAID, discuss supporting civil society organizations in Colombia through collective action. During the three-day event in Bogotá, attendees created short-, medium- and long-term work plans to meet these locally identified objectives. STA aims to improve the organizational capacity and performance of 25 Colombian organizations so that they are more impactful, resilient and sustainable. The organizations work in a range of sectors, including advocacy, economic development, environmental sustainability, gender equality and social inclusion, human rights, leadership, and media and civil society. Photo credit: Andrés Felipe Castilla for FHI 360
Telezer Chapola, left, provides HIV testing to Ethel Kasiya, right, at a camp set up at Shukran Orphanage Centre in Zomba, Malawi, following destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Freddy. The Expanding Malawi HIV/AIDS Prevention with Local Organizations Working for an Effective Epidemic Response (EMPOWER) project, along with the Malawi Ministry of Health and DREAMS initiative partners, responded to the need for HIV services and essential health commodities in camps for people affected by the cyclone.
The EMPOWER project is funded by USAID through PEPFAR. FHI 360 leads the implementation, working with two local partners: Pakachere Institute for Health and Development Communication and the Christian Health Association of Malawi. It has a robust capacity strengthening component that helps local implementing partners achieve USAID requirements for transitional awards. Photo credit: Chikondi Lunduka/FHI 360
Lunduka, an FHI 360 communications specialist, says of taking the photo, “Approaching the camp, I was profoundly moved by the visible sense of sorrow among the individuals who had suffered the loss of homes, possessions and, for some, even loved ones. I found myself on the verge of tears. However, I found solace as a vehicle, carrying both health services and providers, reached the camp. The moment the people saw the vehicle, they began to smile. It was a powerful moment, when the arrival of essential health services not only addressed immediate needs but also became a source of hope and optimism amidst adversity.”