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Coming to Terms with World Health

The League of Nations Health Organisation 1921-1946

Iris Borowy

The League of Nations Health Organisation was the first international health organisation with a broad mandate and global responsibilities. It acted as a technical agency of the League of Nations, an institution designed to safeguard a new world order during the tense interwar period. The work of the Health Organisation had distinct political implications, although ostensibly it was concerned «merely» with health. Until 1946, it addressed a broad spectrum of issues, including public health data, various diseases, biological standardization and the reform of national health systems. The economic depression spurred its focus on social medicine, where it sought to identify minimum standards for living conditions, notably nutrition and housing, defined as essential for healthy lives. Attracting a group of innovative thinkers, the organization laid the groundwork for all following international health work, effective until today.


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AA Auswärtiges Amt AISI Archive of the International Statistical Institute AMAE Archives du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères APHA American Public Health Association ARC American Red Cross BArch Bundesarchiv BNI Archive of the Bernhard Nocht Institute HC Health Committee ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross IHB International Health Board IHD International Health Division IIA International Institute of Agriculture ILO International Labour Organization IRC International Red Cross ISI International Statistical Institute HC Health Committee LNHO League of Nations Health Organisation LONA League of Nations Archive LRCS League of Red Cross Societies MRC Medical Research Council OIHP Office International d’Hygiène Publique PAAA Politisches Archiv des Auswärtigen Amtes PASB Pan-American Sanitary Bureau PRO Public Record Office RF Rockefeller Foundation

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