Picturing health: 35 years of photojournalism at WHO

PHOTO FEATURE ON TROPICAL DISEASES

Yaws on the island and the "PAM": Indonesia, 1957
Preventive injection of repository penicillin on a woman, Indonesia
WHO/Homer Page

Homer Page wrote the following introduction to his 1957 photo report on yaws in Indonesia: "Indonesia (92 million inhabitants spread over 3000 islands) hopes to be finally rid of yaws in 1965. The Indonesian yaws eradication programme is directed by Dr R. Kodijat and is the largest yaws programme in South-East Asia. It is supported by WHO and UNICEF. In the course of 10 years, 34 million people have been examined and 5.5 million infected persons have been treated. Our photographs show the work of a team which on board the PAM brings the cure from island to island. Many villages of Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi (Celebes) and the Moluccas can only be reached by boat. WHO is applying in other parts of the world the methods tried out in the islands."

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