Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health is a traveling banner exhibition from the National Library of Medicine that highlights the role of communities in improving health at home and all around the world. The exhibition explores the shared basic needs required for a good quality of life, including nutritious food and clean water, a safe place to live, and affordable health care.
Using historical and contemporary photographs, the banners tell stories of collaboration between families, scientists, advocates, governments, and international organizations, all taking up the challenge to prevent disease and improve medical care. The journey begins in Pholela, South Africa, where husband and wife team Sidney and Emily Kark developed a holistic approach to community health. The work of many others are showcased including that of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, which teaches mothers across the country Oral Rehydration Therapy, a lifesaving treatment for childhood diarrhea.
This exhibition raises awareness of the sources and effects of health inequalities and invites each of us to join the global campaign for health and human rights. The experiences described here constitute a legacy of success, often based on the simplest means. Working together, we can make a world of difference.
An online web version of the exhibition, including an audio tour, online activities and resources, and opportunities to get involved, is available at the National Library of Medicine.