Creative Associate and photojournalist Carey Marks accompanied the team on a visit to Kyrgyzstan. The purpose of this visit was to assess the implementation of pulmonary rehabilitation in Kyrgyzstan and consider its cultural adaptation to main hospitals and other locations.
Apart from meeting with the scientific team and the rehab teams, there were also visits to a sanatorium of the “Kyrgyzskoe Vzmorye” in the Issyk Khul lake to explore adapting the programme for use in short-stay visitors to the sanatorium, and remote sites in the mountainous Narin region to explore the possibility of running adapted rehab programs in small towns and villages. There was emphasis on cultural adaptation, including the potential benefits of using music and dance to promote both the enjoyment of the programme and the maintenance of exercise thereafter.
Maria: A General Practitioner, At-Bashi, Naryn District, Krygyzstan. Image: Carey Marks
Creative Associates 2018
The Sustainable Earth Institute’s Creative Associates Awards brings together researchers with creative industry organisations to explore and fund novel and innovative ways of communicating research.
Carey Marks was linked with this project as a portrait, research and documentary photographer, and has also worked on the University of Plymouth’s Jali Ardhi, or ‘care for the land’ project.