weighting keppler

About the Artwork

Hannah Keppler

About the artist: 

Hannah is a second-year medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. Her commitment to global health began while working as an undergraduate with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. It has since taken her around the world–in 2013 to Geneva, Switzerland, as a participant in the World Health Assembly, and more recently to Uganda, with Doctors for Global Health, where she worked to expand village health worker and community nutrition programs. She is passionate about women’s health and family planning.

About the artwork:

“I took this picture while conducting nutrition screening in a village in the Kisoro district of Uganda. These five children were waiting their turns to be weighed and measured; the village health worker, a translator and I recorded the information. The scale required kids to hang from it, like a swing. It was a challenge keeping them still. Many kicked and screamed, making the scale needle bounce back and forth. We would enroll those who were malnourished, usually two or three children per village, into a community nutrition program.”

Visuals editor:

Justin Sanders


2 thoughts on “Weighting”

  1. I love everything about this, from the photo title to the image & story-behind-the-image, to Hannah’s commitment to making a global difference through medicine. It’s the first time I’ve felt truly hopeful this week. Stay well and stay safe.

  2. I love how the body language seems to speak the personality of the four. I also notice how the one seems to be saying something totally different. Great photo, thanks for sharing.

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