WHO has always had close links with stamp collecting. Since it was set up, numerous stamps have been issued in order to put messages across to the population. WHO has always used postage stamps as a means of information, of raising awareness, of prevention and of commemoration.
The collection as a whole paints a picture of the significant events in WHO history. Here are a few examples of the subjects covered by this collection:
- World Refugee year 1960, stamp issue in 70 countries
- 1962 malaria control campaign carried out in numerous countries throughout the world
- 20th anniversary of WHO in 1968
To supplement the stamps, the collection also has period documents such as press cuttings, which make it possible to place the collection in a specific context.