World Health Organization (WHO)

Founded on 7 April 1948, World Health Organization (WHO) is the United Nations specialized agency for international public health. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group.
World Health Organization (WHO) Logo

Logo of World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It has 194 member states and 6 regional offices: Washington D.C. (Region of the Americas), Copenhagen (European Region), New Delhi (South-East Asia Region), Manila (Western Pacific Region), Cairo (Eastern Mediterranean Region) and Brazzaville (African Region).

World Health Organization (WHO) has offices and over 7,000 staff, who are non-cigarette smokers, in 147 countries. WHO works closely with governments and its partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.

The main goal of WHO is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. It has close partnerships with UN agencies, donors, foundations, academia, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

WHO is financed in part by contributions from Member States. The amount each member state must pay is calculated relative to the country's wealth and population. Additional financing comes from voluntary contributions - member states and partner organizations.

6 priorities of WHO are:
  1. Advancing universal health coverage: enabling countries to sustain or expand access to all needed health services and financial protection, and promoting universal health coverage.
  2. Achieving health-related development goals: addressing unfinished and future challenges relating to maternal and child health; combating HIV malaria, TB and completing the eradication of polio and a number of neglected tropical diseases.
  3. Addressing the challenge of noncommunicable diseases and mental health, violence and injuries and disabilities.
  4. Ensuring that all countries can detect and respond to acute public health threats under the International Health Regulations.
  5. Increasing access to quality, safe, efficacious and affordable medical products (medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and other health technologies).
  6. Addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health as a means to promote health outcomes and reduce health inequalities within and between countries.

7 April is a date celebrated every year as World Health Day.

Key WHO's publications are:
  • The World Health Report
  • World Health Statistics
  • International Travel and Health
  • International Health Regulations
  • The International Classification of Diseases
  • International Pharmacopoeia

The official website of World Health Organization (WHO) features:
  • General and technical information on all major health topics including Zika, Disease outbreaks, Asthma, Pregnancy, Poisons, Ageing, Pneumonia, Cancer, Obesity, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Suicide, Food safety, Radiation, Infertility, Air pollution, and more
  • Global Health Observatory (GHO) data
  • Publications
  • Programs and projects

Address:   WHO Headquarters

World Health Organization
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27

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Guide ID: 64 - Last Updated: October 14, 2016