Dr. Pietro Bartolo is the director of health services on the Italian island of Lampedusa, which is in the Mediterranean Sea between Tunisia and Sicily. For more than two decades, he has cared for migrants leaving North Africa to start a new life in Europe.
Tunisian migrants arrive in the port of Lampedusa. Bartolo is immediately called by the Coast Guard to monitor the situation and visit with the new arrivals.
This image of a migrant's back came from video footage Bartolo filmed with his cell phone. He said the most common health problems he encounters are hypothermia and burns.
Photographer Stefano Schirato shadowed Bartolo. He learned about the doctor through the Oscar-nominated documentary "Fire at Sea."
These shoes and clothes were lost by migrants on their way to Europe.
Bartolo visits with a migrant.
Bartolo stands among a "boat cemetery" in Lampedusa. "Even before the politics and thinking whether it is right or not if these migrants come to Italy, you should see with your own eyes the inhuman conditions in which they arrive," Bartolo told Schirato.
Ijema, 17, arrived from Nigeria and was cared for by Bartolo at the hospital in Lampedusa.
Bartolo also opened a center for those with schizophrenia and behavioral issues and manages it with psychologists and psychiatrists. Schirato realized that it was born out of an act of love because Bartolo's brother, who was mentally disabled, suffered from the same issues.
Bartolo does an ultrasound for a patient.
Bartolo visits a cemetery to pay respects to his parents and migrants who died at sea.
The sea around Lampedusa.