Picturing health: 35 years of photojournalism at WHO

PHOTO FEATURE ON TYPHUS

The winter anti-typhus campaign: Afghanistan, 1955-1956
Team member dusting young Afghan baby against typhus
WHO/Marc Riboud

Marc Riboud photographed a WHO-led project to combat typhus in Afghanistan during the winter of 1955-1956. The most effective means of containing the disease was by dusting the population with insecticide powder. As Mr Riboud explains, "In the winter of 1955-1956 the anti-typhus campaign covered all provinces of Afghanistan and 1 432 431 persons were dusted. During this winter no cases of typhus were reported to the Ministry of Public Health which gives an evidence of an efficiency of the operation undertaken [...]".

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