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Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health

The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, has a new exhibit –Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health. I haven’t had a chance to fully check it out yet, but I wanted to share this info.

Located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (just outside of Washington, DC), the exhibit examines the revolution in global health taking place in towns and cities around the world. Free of charge and open to the public, this exhibition introduces some of the scientists, advocates, communities, and organizations who have made a difference—working together, against the odds, for the benefit of all.

Prior to the public opening on April 17th, the Library held an opening program featuring a global health panel moderated by CNN medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen featuring young activists and health advocates featured in the exhibit. A webcast of the panel is available for viewing here:

The approximately 4,000 square foot exhibit is comprised of six different sections including:

  • Food for Life; Brazil and its citizens are featured in this area of the exhibit as the country is currently facing an epidemic of obesity as well as a lingering crisis of hunger and malnutrition.
  • Action on AIDS; In the face of discrimination, negligence, stigma, and ignorance, advocates for health and human rights have fought against the spread of the disease.
  • An End to Violence; Physicians and campaigners have used evidence gathered by medical personnel and the testimony of witnesses to highlight the terrible toll of warfare. This work has led to treaties banning the use of landmines and agreements against nuclear weapons testing.

Additional information can be found at

The exhibit web site also contains interactive features for those not able to visit such as:
* Games and instructional resources for students and educators
* Global health perspective database, where readers can join in the dialogue
* Monthly columns from global thought leaders


Written by Aman

May 11, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Posted in Global Health

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