"Free for All" Photography Exhibition
India, with a population of over 1.2 billion, has no national scheme to provide health care for its citizens. In 2011, the state government of Rajasthan, India implemented Mukhyamantri Nishulk Dava Yojana (MNDY), the Chief Minister’s Free Medicines Initiative for its population of more than 70 million. Providing free medicines through designated drug distribution centers, such as government and teaching hospitals, the plan was considered a success for the Congress Party that controlled the state’s government at the time.
Through non-fiction, narrative storytelling and by working closely with the individuals affected by and invested in Rajasthan’s policies on access to free medicines and free treatment, the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice of the Institute for Global Leadership brought six of its students together with six, young professional journalists in India to tell the story of the free medicine scheme in August 2016.