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NLM Launches a New Exhibition about the World Health Organization

September 23, 2019

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces World Health Organization: Picturing Health for All, a special display that opens October 1, 2019.

World Health Organization: Picturing Health for All features a selection of images drawn from the NLM Prints & Photographs collection, which highlights some of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s work in the 20th century. Since the 1950s, the WHO has commissioned accomplished photojournalists to capture the transformative impact health can have on communities worldwide. In recognition of this visual medium’s unique power to inform and inspire, the  special display shows how these images can communicate with the public about initiatives and developments in health care. The photographs provide an intimate look at health issues around the globe.

This special display coincides with a distinctive history of medicine lecture by Theodore Brown, PhD entitled “The World Health Organization’s Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978: What Was It Then, Where Is It Now. This lecture is in honor and memory of Elizabeth Fee, PhD., former chief of NLM’s History of Medicine Division and scholar of the history of the WHO. Professor Brown’s lecture will take place on Thursday, October 17, 2019, a year to the day of Dr. Fee’s passing, beginning at 2pm EST in the NLM Lister Hill Center. This lecture will be live-streamed globally, and archived, by NIH VideoCasting.

The special display will be available through April 17, 2020 in the History of Medicine Division Reading Room, on the first floor of the National Library of Medicine, Building 38, on the Bethesda, Maryland campus of the National Institutes of Health.

Visitor Information

Located on the Bethesda, Maryland campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is open Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission to all onsite NLM exhibitions is free. For more information, visit: www.nlm.nih.gov/about/visitor.html. To arrange a group tour, call 301.827-6479.

 

A group of six women standing outdoors, some are laughing.

Women receiving care under the National Leprosy Control Program (1952-present) in Burma (now Myanmar), a government effort aided by the WHO, photograph by Ernst Scheidegger, 1958.

Courtesy National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

A boy gives eyedrops to a line of boys while two men watch closely.

A Sudanese schoolboy learning to administer medicine from a WHO-supported trachoma control team, photograph by Didier Henrioud, 1976

Courtesy National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

A smiling nurse holds up a toddler in an outdoor setting.

A recent graduate of a WHO-assisted, village nurse-midwife training program in Afghanistan, photograph by Homer Page, 1960.

Courtesy National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

A woman points to a chart in a classroom of young students.

A Vietnamese public health nurse educating children before vaccination as part of WHO’s Smallpox Eradication Program (1966-1980), photograph by Jose Abcede, 1975

Courtesy National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

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Last Reviewed: September 23, 2019