Paul Farmer, founder of Partners in Health, talks about getting involved


You can make a difference on the issues you care about. Explore these opportunities to get involved.


For these global health topics, read a series of quotes that give a variety of perspectives on the issue. You can also link to more in-depth information about the topic. Consider the perspectives of others who visited during the exhibition's installation at the National Library of Medicine April 2008 to December 2010.


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Serving the CommunityServing the Community:
In 1949, the Chinese Communists defeated the Nationalist forces and founded the People's Republic of China. After years of civil war, health conditions in the country were poor. The government launched "Great Patriotic Health Campaigns" to teach communities how to prevent common illnesses.

A Simple SolutionA Simple Solution:
The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) has been teaching oral rehydration therapy, an inexpensive, life-saving treatment for dehydration, since 1972.

The AIDS Memorial QuiltThe AIDS Memorial Quilt:
Activist Cleve Jones began The AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1987. 1,920 panels were first displayed in the nation's capital during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1987, to highlight the scale of the epidemic. By 2007, the Quilt included more than 46,000 panels representing over 80,000 people and it continues to grow.

A Deadly LegacyA Deadly Legacy:
Landmines cause injuries that may prevent survivors from working, and people injured may live far from city hospitals and have limited access to the treatment they need to save their limbs. In 1997 the International Campaign to Ban Landmines received the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to ban these weapons.