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NLM Launches a New Online Exhibition – Making a World of Difference: Stories About Global Health

February 9, 2021

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces Making a World of Difference: Stories About Global Health, an online exhibition.

Around the world, communities, in collaboration with scientists, activists, governments, and international organizations, are taking up the challenge to prevent disease and improve quality of life. Making a World of Difference: Stories About Global Health explores the efforts of people who are working on a wide range of issues—from community health to conflict, disease to discrimination—to improve health in their areas and beyond. The exhibition highlights stories featured in the 2008 exhibition Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health for a contemporary audience.

The exhibition includes an education component featuring a K-12 lesson plan and a digital gallery that further explores selected works from the historical collections of the NLM, which are also available in their entirety in NLM Digital Collections.

A companion traveling banner exhibition is coming soon. For more information, join the Making Exhibition Connections listserv, a place to learn, share, and find out what's happening and what's new with NLM Traveling Exhibitions.

A still from the film Erradicación de la Poliomielitis en las Americas, Pan American Health Organization, 1985


A still from the film Erradicación de la Poliomielitis en las Americas, Pan American Health Organization, 1985

Courtesy National Library of Medicine

Evacuating patients after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, 2005


Evacuating patients after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, 2005

Courtesy DMAT San Diego CA-4

Delta Health Center nurses making a home visit, ca. 1960s


Delta Health Center nurses making a home visit, ca. 1960s

Courtesy Dan Bernstein

Dr. Ian Frazer, who was the leading researcher on the team that developed the GARDASIL HPV vaccine, pictured with a colleague, ca. 2017


Dr. Ian Frazer, who was the leading researcher on the team that developed the GARDASIL HPV vaccine, pictured with a colleague, ca. 2017

Courtesy The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

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Last Reviewed: February 9, 2021