The World Health Organization (WHO) is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and is sponsoring activities to highlight achievements in global public health and challenges for the future. From January through March, the WHO Executive Board will mark the anniversary and launch the WHO60 photo exhibit, “Our health, our future,” showing milestones such as the development of the first effective polio vaccine, the eradication of smallpox, primary health care, tobacco control, and the revision of the International Health Regulations. The exhibit is online at www.who.int/features/history/en.
From April-December, WHO will focus on future challenges such as protection of health in the face of climate change, the future of primary health care, and information and communication technologies. World Health Day on 7 April will focus on the need to protect health from the adverse effects of climate change. The World Health Assembly in May will also mark the anniversary. For more information on special activities, visit: www.who.int/who60/is/index.html.