In February 2018, photographer Zoe Rain joined Integrate Health/Santé Intégrée, a community-led international health organization working to create a world where everyone, everywhere has access to high-quality healthcare in Togo, West Africa. Rain toured four clinics in the rural communities of Djamdè, Kpindi, Sarakawa, and Adabewere where, historically, a lack of resources, including no running water or electricity costs lives. The artist was on hand to document the impact that clinic renovations had to these distinct, isolated communities.
Togo, a country of eight million people, has been forgotten by much of the world. UNICEF named Togo the 15th Most Dangerous Place to be born in the world in 2018. Nearly one in ten children will not live to see his or her fifth birthday—a rate fifteen times higher than that of developed countries. The five major killers of children in Togo—malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia, HIV, and malnutrition—are all easily treatable conditions.
In Women of Togo, Rain documents the integrity, autonomy, self-reliance, and pride of Togolese women. For many Togolese, the frustration of having no opportunities, options, or resources can leave people feeling that they have no control. Integrate Health works to empower families to regain ownership over their health, something Rain beautifully illustrates through her photography.