Duane Prentice

Duane Prentice shot this in a small, remote medical outpost run by Médicins Sans Frontières in 1995. Along with other images from the series, it was used to raise awareness about the crisis raging in the South Sudan.
While the civil war dragged on for nearly thirty years, the largely cattle-raising nomadic populations of Dinka and Nuer that lived in the south had virtually no access to medical care. MSF Canada, in partnership with MSF Netherlands, operated a small five-person medical clinic that was accessible only by air.
The population was widely infected with kala-azar or visceral leishmaniasis, a potentially fatal parasitic disease that is endemic in the region. Thousands of cases were reported each year and thousands died. MSF first encountered kala-azar in 1988, when the organization responded to an outbreak of the disease in camps for displaced southern Sudanese in Khartoum. Here, Dr. Silvia Schriever performs a spleen puncture on a young male patient to determine whether he has been infected by the sandfly vector. Each year, up to 300,000 new cases of kala-azar are diagnosed, resulting in nearly 50,000 deaths.

Duane Prentice (b. 1960) is a cinema stills, fine art, and documentary photographer. He is listed in the MAGENTA Foundation’s Carte Blanche of Canadian leading photographers and previously worked with international photographic agencies Network Photographers UK and Tom Keller NY. Duane divides his time among feature films, personal art projects and Canada’s national newspaper: The Globe and Mail. He is a registered member of the IATSE 669 cinema camera union and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ). In the Crucible, a five-year documentary project on people’s lives in Vancouver’s Downtown East-side, was awarded a 2001 NPPA Honourable Mention and a Canada Council Travel Bursary to Iraq.  Remnants, a large format project of Vancouver Island was awarded Best Landscape in the Palm Springs Photo Festival and Applied Arts Best Landscape Series for 2009.