Today is COP28's Health Day to discuss how climate change is impacting human health and what can be done about it but I look back to simpler times in stamps
|First Anniversary of People's Communes
A Chinese health worker with her first aid kit and
|1987: St John Ambulance Centenary (Design - Debbie Cook)
something more elaborate for volunteers of St John Ambulance Service. One can depend on the Victorians for robust design. St John Ambulance volunteers are a familiar sight at sporting occasions on hand to provide first aid. They do many other things and during the pandemic they helped to screen donors for the blood transfusion service
|1972: 20th Anniversary of the Post Office Employees Blood Donor Association
I assumed this stamp was for France's national blood donation service but on closer examination found it was celebrating a non-profit organisation that encourages blood donors among employees of the French Post Office
|1983: The Red Cross (Design - E Krag; Engraver Cz Slania)
The more famous Red Cross
|2003: Public Health 400 Years (Design - Sverre Morken)
The small beginnings of public health in Norway from July 1603 when royal patent was awarded to the physician Villads Nielson and a lifelong annual income from the public purse to provide medical services to Bergen, the largest town in Norway at the time. In 1703 the first doctor was appointed as a public servant but not until the early 18th Century were there 5 physicians in the entire country. A single qualified midwife was not in service until 1740. Things have grown since then with a transition from a social assistance state to welfare state after World War II.
|1988: Health for All in 2000
Worldwide "Health for All" was a global strategy by the World Health Organisation launched in 1978 for extending health care coverage as a basic human right. There has progress since then but still lots to do so now we have "Health for All in the 21st Century", things were a lot more optimistic in 1978.
Sunday Stamps theme this week is - Health or Medicine - hosted by the date prescient See It On A Postcard