Ryan Holmberg returns with a look at an interesting comics initiative in Mumbai.
Recently Dharavi [an area in Mumbai] midwifed an interesting comics project. There are more than a hundred NGOs active in Mumbai’s slums, engaged in issues ranging from tenancy rights and access to potable water to literacy and social tolerance. The one that concerns us isSNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education, and Health Action), based primarily in Dharavi and dedicated to women’s and children’s health. According to the organization’s website, “SNEHA targets four large public health areas – Maternal and Newborn Health, Child Health and Nutrition, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Prevention of Violence against Women and Children. It recognizes that in order to improve urban health standards, its initiatives must target both care seekers and care providers. It works at the community level to empower women and slum communities to be catalysts of change in their own right and collaborate with existing public health systems and health care providers to create sustainable improvements in urban health.”
Here is the video of Norman Hathaway's superb interview with Victor Moscoso a few weeks back.
The late editor Archie Goodwin gets a deserved hometown tribute.
Comics adjacent: Nayland Blake talks sculpture.
Totally not comics: Luc Sante can write about anything and do it really, really well.