Picturing health: 35 years of photojournalism at WHO


Resurrection of the Eskimoes: Canada, 1959
Inuits loading patients on a plane, Canada
WHO/Paul Almasy

For a photo report on health services for Canada's Inuit community, Paul Almasy travelled to the Northwest Territories to photograph aspects of community life including schools, hospitals, recreation, and home life in the towns of Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik, where a hospital had recently been built. The photographs taken during this trip were used in several World Health articles.

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Tokyo, the world's largest city: Japan, 1960

In 1960, the population of Tokyo surpassed that of New York City, making it the largest city in the world. Paul Almasy travelled to Tokyo to photograph health services in the context of urbanization. His report covered health inspections in the market, prostitution, water supply, health centres and health education campaigns. The report appeared in World Health in 1961.

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Health at sea: Sweden, 1966

In 1966, Tibor Farkas accompanied a group of Swedish sailors to photograph health services available to them while at sea. The images were published in 1968 in the context of an article on the health of sailors from several countries.

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Anatomy of a project, Ethiopia 9: Ethiopia, 1961

Eric Schwab travelled to the city of Gondor and the village of Kolladuba, Ethiopia, to photograph the Ethiopia 9 project. The project was a "grand scheme to overcome in Ethiopia what is no doubt the greatest obstacle to health progress in the world today: the shortage of health workers. Its aims are: a) to provide a centre for training auxiliary personnel, b) to organize a model health centre, c) to investigate local health conditions, d) to extend health services to the whole country." (World Health magazine, 1962)

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