Monique Jacot

Woman near a small wooden stall selling insecticides, Senegal
WHO/Monique Jacot

Monique Jacot was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 1934. She studied photography at the Ecole des Arts et Métiers in Vevey. In 1956, she began work as a freelance photojournalist, completing assignments for magazines and newspapers in France and Switzerland. Throughout her career, Ms Jacot travelled extensively and her work has appeared in numerous publications as well as on television. Among other prizes, she has received the Grand Prix de la Photographie from the Fondation vaudoise pour la Culture.

Ms Jacot created her first photo story for WHO in 1963. She worked on assignment for WHO for nearly 10 years, travelling to Russia, Asia, Africa and the United States. She photographed a wide variety of topics from nursing to urbanization to sexual education. Her work was published in the World Health magazine on a number of occasions.

Nurse in Niger: Niger, 1969
Monique Jacot travelled to Niger in 1969 to photograph the Ecole Nationale d'Infirmières in the capital city of Niamey. She covered the courses offered at the school, a mandatory internship for students in a bush village and a rural sanitary education campaign. The images from Ms Jacot's report appeared in the World Health magazine in 1969 in an article profiling a nurse from the school.

Soviet doctors, close to the worker: Russia, 1968
In 1968, Monique Jacot went on a photographic assignment to the former Soviet Union. Visiting what is now the Russian Federation, she photographed subjects including nutrition, urbanization, profiles of healthcare professionals, and occupational health conditions. Ms Jacot's photographs were published in a special issue of the World Health magazine in March 1969 entitled Health, Labour and Productivity.