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The University of Virginia's Center for Global Health promotes health in resource-limited settings by fostering the commitment of students, faculty and partners from many disciplines to address the diseases of poverty.
Extreme climate meets an extreme culture in the village of Minto, Alaska. Here, health depends upon meeting basic needs of shelter to survive the cold. This picture was taken in September when I traveled through Alaska documenting the Northern villages and collecting data on climatic conditions in hopes of finding a solution that mediates the radical cold and native culture in the built environment. The spray foam insulation in an old, wooden cabin with trash behind the pane captures the lengths in which people go to simply maintain a stable shelter in their environment.
Pictured is an impoverished neighborhood just outside of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The residents of the dilapidated huts suffer terribly from the fact that their main source of water is this river, which is swarming with trash and fecal matter. The environment and their inability to change it place them at the mercy of disease and infection, as their greatest necessity, water, ranks among their greatest threats.