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NIGH Brings New Life to WHO Photo Archive

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The historic nature and keen relevance of these photo archives are confirmed by former WHO Photo Editor, Tibor Farkas, who, upon previewing "Nurses & Midwives: Now More Than Ever for a Healthy World ” noted, “I am very pleased to learn that the ‘Nightingale Initiative’ will give new life to some excellent pictures from the WHO photo archive.

“I had been associated with the WHO photo library between 1964 and 1966 as assistant Photo Editor and, later between 1967 and 1973 and from 1985 until my retirement in 1994, as Photo Editor and in charge of the photo library. My main tasks were two fold: "First, I worked to provide the international press and health institutions with pictures illustrating the major health problems, advances and results in health care all over the world. Second, I organized photographic missions to collect photographic evidence of the above subjects and documentation of WHO’s field activities.

“To fulfill these tasks, I had the privilege of working with internationally renowned photographers and discovering the excellent work of dedicated amateur photographers — WHO staff and other health workers, who contributed excellent pictures to our photo library. Occasionally I could also undertake some photo assignments using my 12 years experience as a press photographer. During my years with WHO (and other United Nations’ Agencies) I have also curated several international photo competitions and organised exhibitions.

“I sincerely hope that the video presentations of the “Nightingale Initiative” will help to draw attention to new users of the historical photo collection kept in the WHO archives and give new life to some of its excellent pictures.”  

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From the WHO Photo Archives, Tibor Farkas, Photo Editor


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In 2008 & 2009, Asoka Roy’s family created a Platinum Sponsorship of the Nightingale Declaration Campaign to honor the memory of their sister — a pioneering nurse & midwife in both India & the United States. Projects developed from this contribution included an India-wide outreach of the Nightingale Declaration dedicated to Asoka’s memory.
See: An Indian Nightingale
Generous Support of Drs. Rustum & Della Roy