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POST 01234E: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATON CELEBRATES SIXTY YEARS 3 MARCH 2008 ******************************************* This message is cross-posted from UNICEF/ESARO’s updates. Many thanks to Bob Davis and Evelyn Chege. WHO in 60 years: a chronology of public health milestones In 2008, WHO is celebrating its 60th anniversary The chronology tells the story of WHO and public health achievements over the last 60 years. Beginning with 1945 when the United Nations Conference in San Francisco unanimously approved the establishment of a new, autonomous international health organization To mark the occasion WHO60 photo exhibition: public health over the past 60 years has been installed. The exhibition has already opened at the start of the WHO Executive Board's 122nd session on 21 January 2008. It will travel to the United Nations headquarters in New York to coincide with World Health Day on 7 April. The exhibition will then return to Geneva for the World Health Assembly in May and travel to the regions during August and September. The exhibition, tells the story of WHO and public health over the last 60 years. It features key public health milestones, including the development of the first successful polio vaccine, the eradication of smallpox, primary health care, tobacco control and the revision of the International Health Regulations. The exhibit also looks to the future and covers themes such as protecting health from climate change, the future of primary health care and the use of information and communication technologies for better health outcomes. -------------------------------------------------------- Along with WHO, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization also celebrates sixty years. The publication of the first issue, in fact, predates WHO by a few months. In as much as WHO evolved from l’Office international d’hygiène publique (OIHP), which was established in 1907, and from the League of Nations set up in 1919, the new journal’s form and content were largely based on elements of two predecessors: the Bulletin mensuel de l’Office international d’hygiène publique and the Bulletin of the League of Nations Health Organization When the Bulletin appeared in January 1948, the Interim Commission had high hopes for the new publication. “There would seem to be no reason why the Bulletin should not ultimately take its place among leading medical journals of the world,â€

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