What we do

                                What we do

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                                WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.

                                Our goal is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and well-being.

                                For universal health coverage, we:  

                                • focus on primary health care to improve access to quality essential services
                                • work towards sustainable financing and financial protection
                                • improve access to essential medicines and health products
                                • train the health workforce and advise on labour policies
                                • support people's participation in national health policies
                                • improve monitoring, data and information.


                                For health emergencies, we:

                                • prepare for emergencies by identifying, mitigating and managing risks
                                • prevent emergencies and support development of tools necessary during outbreaks
                                • detect and respond to acute health emergencies
                                • support delivery of essential health services in fragile settings.


                                For health and well-being we:

                                • address social determinants
                                • promote intersectoral approaches for health
                                • prioritize health in all policies and healthy settings.


                                Through our work, we address:

                                • human capital across the life-course
                                • noncommunicable diseases prevention
                                • mental health promotion
                                • climate change in small island developing states
                                • antimicrobial resistance
                                • elimination and eradication of high-impact communicable diseases.