Healthy Living from the Start by Anne Geddes

Transforming a hospital

Photographer Anne Geddes produced a series of images portraying Qatari athletes with newborn babies and young children. Shot in Doha, the pictures capture human potential. They show that a healthy lifestyle starts in childhood, and bolster broader efforts to reduce diabetes in the Qatari population.

Rather than being confined to a gallery, the images were unveiled where they would have most impact – in the main hallway at Hamad Women’s Hospital. Through powerful placement, they touch the lives of local patients and visitors.

The Qatari athletes captured in the shots are rally driver and sport shooter Nasser Al Attiya, swimmer Nada Arakji, paralympion Ali Al Mass, table tennis player Hamad Al Hammadi, hand ball player Hannah Al Bader, gymnast Shaden Wahdan, basket ball player Yassin Moussa, as well as athletes Sheikha Reem Al Thani, Sheikh Ali bin Khalid Al Thani, Bahia Al Hamad, Bahiya Al-Hamad, Miriam Farid and Moutaz Majed.

Like the athletes, each new born has the chance to become an inspiration for the next generation.
Jean Paul Engelen, QM Director of Public Art
I know these images will both inspire and motivate the many people who pass through the Women’s Hospital.
Hanan Al Kuwari, Managing Director of Hamad Medical Corporation
Yassin Moussa holding Mohammed, 3 weeks old, weighing just 1kg, Photograph by Anne Geddes
Yassin Moussa holding Mohammed, 3 weeks old, weighing just 1kg

Anne's work has been published in 83 countries and her books have sold more than 18 million copies worldwide. Her work often has a social footprint and an important message. Passionate about giving back, Anne is a partner of the United Nation's Every Woman Every Child initiative and Global Advocate for Shot@Life, a campaign to improve access to vaccines in developing countries. Visit Anne's blog and read more about her project in Qatar. 


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