GCSE Modern History/The Humanitarian Work of the League

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Humanitarian work was one of the areas that the League was most successful in.

Social problems[edit]

Many agencies and commissions worked to reduce social problems. Some of their successes include:

  • Freed more than 200 000 slaves.
  • Brought death rate in the construction of the Tanganyika railway in Africa from 50% to 4%.
  • Organized raids against slave owners/traders.
  • Blacklisted four large companies involved in illegal drug trading.

Health[edit]

The Health Committee, later renamed to the World Health Organization (WHO), did lots of work to improve health around the world.

Transport[edit]

The League made an international highway code that was adopted by many member countries.

Refugees[edit]

The Refugees Committee worked to bring refugees back to their homes. Over 400 000 war prisoners were taken back to their homes by the Refugees Committee.

Working conditions[edit]

The International Labour Organization campaigned for better working conditions around the world. Some of its successes include:

  • Banned poisonous white lead from paint.
  • Limited the hours small children could work.
  • Resolution for maximum 48-hour week and 8-hour day passed, but lots of member countries didn't adopt it.