The Mystic Healers

PhotographerSimone Tramonte
Prize3rd Place in People / Culture
Entry Description

The WHO estimates that 80% of the African population uses traditional medicine to meet their needs for primary health care. In Burkina Faso, public health care is a paid service and for most people it is impossible to face economically a disease of medium gravity. In a country where there is only one doctor every 20,000 people and 1 hospital bed per 2,500 people, access to care is difficult. The African continent is a tangle of people suspended between respect for tradition and the desire for modernity, but to ancient beliefs, the roots, those remain. In Africa, feticheurs, sorcerers and healers are not extinguished. Mysticism and magic, along with a healthy dose of superstition, are the other face of a continent that, despite everything, does not abandon its ancient past. The locals regardless of their religion or social background when needed prefer to go to traditional healer rather than a doctor.

About Photographer

Simone Tramonte is a freelance photojournalist, based in Italy. He began photographic studies with particular attention to social and anthropological issues. Involved in documentary photography since the 2007, his work is focused to documenting contemporary issues and the profound cultural changes. His work has been shown in Rome, at Fotoleggendo Festival 2012, and in Basel, at ArtBasel2011. In the last years has received awards such as: Remarkable Award – Siena International Photo Awards 2015; 2nd "People/Culture” category – MIFA - 2015; 5 Honorable Mention – MIFA 2015; 4 Honorable Mention – IPA 2015; 2nd "Press Nature/Environmental” category – PX3 - 2015; 5 Honorable Mention – PX3 - 2015; Finalist al "Sony World Photography Awards" - 2013; 1st "Geo Magazine" - 2013; 1st "UBS Art Collection" - 2011 Simone's work has appeared in some publications, including Internazionale, TheTripMagazine, National Geographic, Geo.