Photojournalism of pulmonary rehabilitation in Kyrgyzstan

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

<p>Tuberculosis patients resting on the broken bench outside Bishkek Tuberculosis sanatorium. Image: Carey Marks<br></p>
Tuberculosis patients resting on the broken bench outside Bishkek Tuberculosis sanatorium. Image: Carey Marks
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</p><p>Patient at Krygyz Research Institute of Balneology and
Recovery Treatment. This patient has dedicated his treatment to using rehab in
an effort to overcome his disease. Image: Carey Marks</p><p></p>
Patient at Krygyz Research Institute of Balneology and Recovery Treatment. This patient has dedicated his treatment to using rehab in an effort to overcome his disease. Image: Carey Marks
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</p><p>Patient at Krygyz Research Institute of Balneology and
Recovery Treatment. Interestingly, it doesn’t take much to move people from the
formal expressions in portraits into a much warmer mood. Image: Carey Marks</p><p></p>
Patient at Krygyz Research Institute of Balneology and Recovery Treatment. Interestingly, it doesn’t take much to move people from the formal expressions in portraits into a much warmer mood. 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.

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We will be showcasing Carey’s photojournalism at our Action for Healthy Lungs: in Africa and beyond event on 4 April 2019

<p>Image from&nbsp;Kyrgyzstan: Credit Carey Marks

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Image from Kyrgyzstan: Credit Carey Marks

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<p>Image from Kyrgyzstan: Credit Carey Marks<br></p>