The National Library of Medicine has announced the special exhibit display, World Health Organization: Picturing Health for All, opening October 1. It will remain open 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.
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, a year to the day of Dr. Fee’s passing, beginning at 11:00am PDT. This lecture will be live-streamed globally, and archived, by NIH VideoCasting.