Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health

Exhibit Start Date: 
Jul 1, 2019 (All day)
Exhibit End Date: 
Aug 10, 2019 (All day)

Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health is a traveling banner exhibition highlighting the role of communities in improving health at home and all around the world. The show 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. Traveling on, the exhibition showcases the work of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee to teach mothers across the country Oral Rehydration Therapy, a lifesaving treatment for childhood diarrhea.

Other destinations include Brazil, where the Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), or Landless Workers’ Movement is empowering poor citizens to begin subsistence farming on land left idle by agricultural corporations, and Central America, where the Pan American Health Organization launched Health as a Bridge to Peace to put an end to conflict and rebuild health care services.

An online web version of the exhibition, including opportunities to get involved, is available at

This exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Last updated Jul 1, 2019 by sflores