Archives of WHO


Access to different presentations of documents from the archives is available below.

Picturing health: 35 years of photojournalism at WHO

Contact sheet photo of apprentices in a factory near Moscow

A selection of WHO photostories from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Photograph galleries

Photo galleries

A display of some of the finest photographs held in the archives.

Documents of the month, 2019

Blind boy

Each month, a new document or photograph, taken from the fonds and collections.

Documents of the month, 2018

Nurse on a boat

Documents of the month, 2017

Old woman and child sleeping

Documents of the month, 2016

Public health officer measuring blackness of smoke

Documents of the month, 2015

Little girl in Colombia

Documents of the month, 2014

Old woman, Switzerland

Documents of the month, 2013

Teaser Documents of the month Year 2013

Documents of the month, 2012

Teaser Documents of the month Year 2012

Documents of the month, 2011

Teaser Documents of the month Year 2011

Documents of the month, 2010

Teaser Documents of the month Year 2010

Documents of the month, 2009

Teaser Documents of the month Year 2009

Documents of the month, 2008

Teaser Documents of the month Year 2008

Documents of the month, 2007

Teaser Documents of the month year 2007


  • Where to look?
    Distinction between the library collections, the archives and current records.
  • Research subjects
    Thematic research linked to archival fonds and collections.
  • Library
    Link to the WHO Library and Information Networks for Knowledge.

Key WHO Information

Director-General and senior management

Governance of WHO
WHO Constitution, Executive Board and World Health Assembly

Media centre
News, events, fact sheets, multimedia and contacts

International travel and health
Publication on travel risks, precautions and vaccination requirements

World Health Report
Annual report on global public health and key statistics