Who we are

                                Who we are


                                We are champions for healthier, safer lives

                                Our team of 8000+ professionals includes the world’s leading public health experts, including doctors, epidemiologists, scientists and managers. Together, we coordinate the world’s response to health emergencies, promote well-being, prevent disease, and expand access to health care. By connecting nations, people and partners to scientific evidence they can rely on, we strive to give everyone an equal chance at a safe and healthy life.



                                Our values

                                We are professionals committed to integrity and excellence in health. With a spirit of collaboration and a steadfast commitment to science, we are trusted to care for the world's health. 


                                Our structure 

                                WHO is an organization of 194 Member States. The Member States elect the Director-General, who leads the organization in achieving its global health goals.


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                                World Health Assembly

                                The World Health Assembly is WHO’s highest level decision-making forum. Every year, delegates from all Member States convene at the World Health Assembly to set priorities and chart a course for global health progress.

                                Member States

                                WHO works with all Member States to support them to achieve the highest standard of health for all people. Our staff working in countries advise ministries of health and other sectors on public health issues and provide support to plan, implement and monitor health programmes.

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                                WHO’s Secretariat includes experts, staff, and field workers at our Geneva-based headquarters, six Regional Offices or other stations located in 150+ countries around the world.


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                                Our leadership team

                                With strong connections between offices, WHO works on the front lines in 150+ locations across six regions. WHO’s Director-General outlines the vision and oversees all our international health work whilst our Regional Directors lead the work of the six Regional Offices, and their country offices. The Regional Directors work closely with the Director-General to implement strategies and programmes across all levels of the Organization.


                                Our history and future



                                Since 1948, we have been the United Nations agency dedicated to advancing health for all.

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                                WHO’s work remains firmly rooted in the principles of equity, integrity and inclusion outlined in our Constitution.

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                                WHO’s Transformation agenda modernizes our ways of working, while strengthening our connection and collaboration with the Member States and communities we serve.

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                                WHO offers a diverse, multicultural environment for professionals seeking to advance health as a basic human right.


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