Seven photos of health workers in action: World Photography Day 2022

A celebration of the stories of care and commitment, captured in images of healthcare workers in action, from many corners of the globe. 

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Nurses delivering Covishield Vaccinations to local vaccination points, in the Sunderbarn, India. Photo credit: Gavi/2022/Benedikt v.Loebell
 

 

World Photography Day is a celebration of the stories we capture through our lenses – bookmarks in the pages of time, history, and place. Following this year’s theme, ‘Pandemic lockdown through the lens,’ we’re celebrating the health care workers who protected their communities over the past two and a half years of unprecedented turmoil. 

Throughout the pandemic, volunteers and health care workers have been the driving force behind the successful COVID-19 vaccine rollouts that allowed countries to open back up. Driven by locally-led outreach and a commitment to caring for their communities, health workers have been spotted trekking mountains, navigating oceans, and creating creative solutions to reach people in the hardest to reach places. Check out seven of our favourite shots of healthcare workers from around the world, doing their bit to keep their communities safe.

Seven moments in time. 
Seven corners of the globe. 
One mission – to leave no one behind.

Lamu County, Kenya

Carrying precious cargo including COVID-19 vaccines and other medical supplies, Safari Doctors’ Captain Fahmi steers the Mama Daktari boat to the remote communities in the Lamu Islands.  

Carrying precious cargo including COVID-19 vaccines and other medical supplies, Safari Doctors’, Captain Fahmi, steers the Mama Daktari boat to the remote communities in the Lamu Islands. Credit: Jim Koenigsaecker
Credit: Jim Koenigsaecker

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Islamabad, Pakistan

A health worker administers a COVID-19 vaccination to a young girl in a government vaccination centre in Islamabad.

A health worker administers a COVID-19 vaccination to a young girl in a government vaccination centre in Islamabad. Credit: Gavi/2021/Asad Zaidi
Credit: Gavi/2021/Asad Zaidi

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Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Volunteer dispatcher Guy Mbika fetches and carries health workers on his motorbike, and takes them around Brazzaville to deliver and administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Volunteer dispatcher, Guy Mbika, fetches and carries health workers on his motorbike, and takes them around Brazzaville to deliver and administer COVID-19 vaccines. Credit: Victor Muisyo
Credit: Victor Muisyo

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West Jakarta, Indonesia

Sudirman checks Zahara’s temperature during the COVID-19 outbreak in West Jakarta, Indonesia.

Sudirman, checks Zahara’s temperature during the COVID-19 outbreak in West Jakarta, Indonesia. Credit: UNICEF/2020/Arimacs Wilander
Credit: UNICEF/2020/Arimacs Wilander

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Adukrom, Ghana

Health workers arrive at a school for COVID-19 vaccination in Adukrom in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

Health workers arrive at a school for COVID-19 vaccination in Adukrom in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Credit: Gavi/2022/Nipah Dennis
Credit: Gavi/2022/Nipah Dennis

Sunderbarn, India


The Sundarbans – 10,000km of mangrove forest in the Bay of Bengal – are home to some of India’s most marginalised people. Health workers took to the water to bring lifesaving COVID-19 and routine vaccines to the people.

The Sundarbans - 10,000km of mangrove forest in the Bay of Bengal - are home to some of India's most marginalised people. Health workers, took to the water to bring lifesaving COVID-19 and routine vaccines to the people. Credit: Gavi/2022/Benediktv.Loebell
Credit: Gavi/2022/Benediktv.Loebell

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Batsumer, Mongolia


An estimated 25% to 40% of the people in Mongolia live as nomadic herders. Here, a healthcare worker vaccinates a man in rural Batsumber, where the pandemic took its toll on the livelihoods of livestock herders. 

Credit: Gavi/2021/Khasar Sandag
Credit: Gavi/2021/Khasar Sandag

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