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8/365 – WHO – World Health Organization

World Health Organization (WHO)



The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that acts as a coordinating authority on international public health.

Organization type – Specialized agency of the United Nations
Head – Dr. Margaret Chan
Established – 7 April 1948
Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland

Apart from coordinating international efforts to control outbreaks of infectious disease, such as SARS, malaria, tuberculosis, influenza, and HIV/AIDS, the WHO also sponsors programs to prevent and treat such diseases. The WHO supports the development and distribution of safe and effective vaccines, pharmaceutical diagnostics, and drugs, such as through the Expanded Program on Immunization.

The role of WHO in public health
Providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed;
Shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge;
Setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation;
Articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options;
Providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity;
Monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.

The WHO agenda
Promoting development
Fostering health security
Strengthening health systems
Harnessing research, information and evidence
Enhancing partnerships
Improving performance


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