World Health Day 2020


Katie, a registered nurse in Flemington, New Jersey, 2010

Today is World Health Day,  celebrated every year on April 7. This day marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO is a worldwide health authority that works to promote health, help keep the world safe, and help those in need.

Every year on World Health Day, the WHO chooses a central theme and the theme this is a focus on front-line healthcare workers. This is an especially important theme this year as the coronavirus wrecks havoc around the world.

I started working in the pharmaceutical industry, doing communications, in 1998. One of the first photoshoots I went on for an annual report back them, was to a doctor’s office in Los Angeles.

Since then, I’ve been fortunate to work on a number of stories for different corporate publications and company websites that featured these frontline workers. From nurses in Flemington, NJ, to scientists in Ireland, to doctors in Russia, I’ve been fortunate to meet them, and be able to tell their stories in various ways. They really are the lifeblood of healthcare systems around the world.

Here’s a few photos from my travels to highlight just some of these individuals.


Oncology scientists in Latina, Italy, 2016


Alemsi, a nurse in Ethiopia, 2010


A pharma supply chain employee in Belgium, 2016


A bench scientist in Cork, Ireland, 2019


An oncology scientist in Belgium, 2016


Working with Gary Chapman and scientists in a Nagaizumi, Japan, lab, 2017


Dr. Sergey Gorodkov, in a Saratov, Russia, hospital, 2008

A shot I did of the nurse from the top photo ended up on the front page of the J&J website, which, at the time, boasted a half-million visitors a month.


I remember being cognizant of wanting to do this “hero portrait” and leaving a enough negative space on the left-side of the frame for homepage text. Worked out really well in this case.

“Hero portrait” is apropos for all the work they do.

Especially now. Let’s salute them today!

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2020

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