About WHO

                                About WHO

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                                We champion health and a better future for all

                                Dedicated to the well-being of all people and guided by science, the World Health Organization leads and champions global efforts to give everyone, everywhere an equal chance to live a healthy life. 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                Who we are

                                Founded in 1948, WHO is the United Nations agency that connects nations, partners and people to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable – so everyone, everywhere can attain the highest level of health. 

                                What we do

                                WHO leads global efforts to expand universal health coverage. We direct and coordinate the world’s response to health emergencies. And we promote healthier lives – from pregnancy care through old age. Our Triple Billion targets outline an ambitious plan for the world to achieve good health for all, using science-based policies and programmes. 

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                                Where we work

                                Yeshihareg Nega provides skin-to-skin care to her  preterm baby at the KMC unit at Felege Hiwot Hospital in Bahir Dar Ethiopia on 25 March 2021.

                                Working with 194 Member States across six regions and on the ground in 150+ locations, the WHO team works to improve everyone’s ability to enjoy good health and well-being.     

                                Who we work with

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                                Collaboration is at the heart of all we do. From governments and civil society to international organizations, foundations, advocates, researchers and health workers – we mobilize every part of society to advance the health and security of all.

                                 

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                                How we are governed

                                WHO’s work remains firmly rooted in the basic principles of the right to health and well-being for all people, as outlined in our 1948 Constitution. The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO and is attended by delegations from all Member States.

                                Accountability and funding

                                We are committed to the principle of accountability – a core value for an organization that is entrusted by countries and other donors to use limited resources effectively to protect and improve global health. 

                                 

                                Overview of our work

                                SMALLPOX - Smallpox, a devastating contagious disease, was declared eradicated in 1980 following a global immunization campaign led by the World Health Organization. It is the only infectious disease to have been eradicated.

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                                IMMUNIZATION - The Expanded Programme on Immunization, set up by WHO in the early 1970s, has, in partnership with UNICEF, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, and others, brought lifesaving vaccines to millions of children.

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                                TUBERCULOSIS - Global efforts to combat tuberculosis have saved 53 million lives globally since 2000. This has largely been a result of expanded prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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                                MALARIA - Malaria deaths dropped by approximately 60% between 2000 and 2015, as a result of expanded prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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                                WATER AND SANITATION - Providing access to safe water is key to promoting health and reducing poverty. WHO is committed to preventing transmission of waterborne disease.

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                                NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES - WHO works with countries and partners to provide care to people affected by neglected tropical diseases. Many of these diseases are being eliminated, with guinea worm on the verge of eradication.

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                                HIV - HIV continues to be a major global public health issue. Yet bold new recommendations for earlier, simpler treatment, combined with efforts to facilitate access to cheaper generic medicines, have helped 21 million people get lifesaving treatment.

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                                MEDICINES - WHO’s Essential Medicines List, revised every two years, is a guide for countries on the core medicines that a national health system needs.

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                                PREGNANCY - WHO is committed to improving access to safe, effective, quality and affordable care for all women during pregnancy and childbirth.

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                                BREASTFEEDING - Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients that they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to the age of six months.

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                                ADOLESCENTS - Road traffic injuries, lower respiratory infections and suicide are the biggest causes of death among adolescents. Most of these deaths can be prevented with good health services, education and social support.

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                                AGEING - Globally, life expectancy has increased by 25 years since 1950. Healthy older people contribute to society in many positive ways. WHO focuses on helping people continue doing what they enjoy for as long as possible.

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                                NONCOMMUNICABLE DISEASES - Noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease now account for 70% of all deaths. Healthy eating, physical exercise and regular health checks are the cornerstones of NCD prevention and control.

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                                CANCER - The number of people being diagnosed with cancer is expected to rise by 70% over the next twenty years. Early identification and access to treatment increase the chances of survival and of being able to continue to lead a full life.

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                                TOBACCO - Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. Thanks to WHO and partners, tobacco control measures, such as graphic warnings on cigarette packs, advertising bans and smoke-free laws, protect two-thirds of the world’s population.

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                                DISABILITY - More than a billion people have some form of disability. WHO helps increase awareness of disability issues and to ensure that disability is included in health and development policies and programmes.

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                                ROAD SAFETY - Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds. WHO advocates for improved road safety at the highest political levels, whilst providing comprehensive advice to help prevent road traffic accidents.

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                                MENTAL HEALTH IN EMERGENCIES – People living through humanitarian emergencies are particularly vulnerable to mental health problems. WHO helps ensure that the mental health and psychosocial support provided in humanitarian emergencies is coordinated and effective.

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                                ZIKA - During the spread of the Zika virus in 2016, WHO convened experts from around the world to consider potentially-related complications, make recommendations on effective strategies for management and care, and identify areas needing more research.

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                                ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE - Antimicrobial resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. WHO is supporting countries with development of national action plans and strengthening of health and surveillance systems to help prevent and manage antimicrobial resistance.

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                                MONITORING DISEASES AND IDENTIFYING HEALTH TRENDS - Data provided by countries allows WHO to obtain a clearer picture of who is falling sick, from which disease, when and where, so that efforts can be targeted where they are needed most.

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                                RESPONDING TO OUBREAKS AND EMERGENCIES - Through its Health Emergencies Programme, WHO helps countries prevent, prepare for, detect and rapidly respond to disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.

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                                RAPID RESPONSE TO HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCIES - WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies helps WHO to respond rapidly to disease outbreaks, humanitarian crises and natural disasters. For example, funds were rapidly made available to help thousands of people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to prevent the spread of cholera, measles and diphtheria.

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                                UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE - WHO continues to strive for universal health coverage so that everyone, everywhere can access the health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship.

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