The League’s Successful Humanitarian Work

  • The League improved working conditions by banning lead from paint and limiting the hours that small children were allowed to work.

  • The League helped over 500,000 refugees and former prisoners of war to return home after the First World War by providing them with a 'Nansen Passport'. They also provided refugee camps and prevented diseases from spreading.

  • The Health Committee funded research into developing vaccines for infectious diseases and carried out work to prevent the spread of disease.

  • The League recommended marking international shipping lanes and produced an international highway code for road users.

  • The League fairly governed former German territories during the 1920s.

  • The League sent economic experts to Austria and Hungary to help them recover from the economic crisis caused by the First World War.

  • The Slavery Commission organised raids against slave traders in Africa and Burma and around 200,000 were freed.

  • The League also took 400,000 Prisoners of War home and set up refugee camps (1922 Turkey v Greece War).

  • The Health Committee worked against leprosy and malaria.

  • The League closed down four Swiss drugs companies, and attacked slave owners in Burma and Sierra Leone, setting 200,000 slaves free.

  • Sent economic experts to Austria and Hungary