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THEODOROU, Vassiliki  and  KARAKATSANI, Despina. Health policy in interwar Greece: the intervention by the League of Nations Health Organisation. Dynamis [online]. 2008, vol.28, pp.53-75. ISSN 2340-7948.

The first serious attempts to deal with public health problems in Greece were undertaken between 1925 and 1935. This period also witnessed setbacks to developments in public health, caused by the lack of welfare infrastructure for social relief, as well as extensive health problems brought about by the settlement in Greece of 1,300,000 refugees from Asia Minor. In 1928 following the example set by other European countries, the Liberal Government appealed to international health organisations for support in order to effectively deal with these problems. This contribution constitutes a case study addressing the following issues: a) the impact the League of Nations Health Organisation intervention had on the establishment of public health services; b) the framework for a collaboration of the Rockefeller Foundation and the League of Nations Health Organisation; and c) the factors that led to the failure of the health care reorganisation.

Keywords : Public health; Greece; League of Nations Health Organisation; Rockefeller Foundation; refugee settlement.

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