Monique Jacot, a prominent Swiss photographer, was born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 1934. Having pursued her education in photography at the Ecole des Arts et Métiers in Vevey, she embarked on a remarkable career. In 1956, she transitioned into the realm of freelance photojournalism, undertaking assignments for esteemed magazines and newspapers in both France and Switzerland. Jacot's extensive travels became a cornerstone of her career, with her work gracing the pages of numerous publications and even finding its way onto television screens. Notably, she was honored with the Grand Prix de la Photographie from the Fondation vaudoise pour la Culture.
Monique Jacot's association with the World Health Organization (WHO) began in 1963 when she crafted her inaugural photo story for the organization. Over the course of nearly a decade, she remained dedicated to WHO, crisscrossing the globe to destinations such as Russia, Asia, Africa, and the United States. Her lens captured a diverse array of subjects, ranging from nursing and urbanization to landscapes and sexual education. The fruits of her labor found a platform in the World Health magazine, where her work was featured on multiple occasions.