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In 1913, the project of ”travelling teachers in hygiene” started. Their purpose was to do preventive work through education. The travelling nurses, which they were also called, held lectures and visited people at home. They worked throughout Norway, but their main emphasis was on the fishery districts in northern Norway.

“The association owes a big thank you to the nurses who for many years have sacrificed themselves for this vagrant, strenuous and tiring work”, Birger Øverland, the association’s secretary until 1941, wrote.

In the Norwegian Health Association’s archive, we find the diaries of some of the travelling nurses who travelled all over the country. One of them was the nurse Dikka Bruu.

In her diaries we get insight into the life as a “hygienic emissary”. She writes about home visits, lectures she has held and people she has met, etc. She has also pasted newspaper advertisements and photos from her travels around Norway. 

The baby doll “Birger” joined them on their travels – among other things, he was used in the teaching of young mothers.

The baby doll “Birger” joined them on their travels – among other things, he was used in the teaching of young mothers. PA-1245 Nasjonalforeningen for folkehelsen, Ga 1 Reisedagbøker, reisesøstre: Søster Dikka Bruu, 1934



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