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World Health Organization (WHO)

Definition - What does World Health Organization (WHO) mean?

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that oversees and regulates health issues on an international level. The agency is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and was established in 1948 with the objective to improve the health services of member nations, enhance the teaching standards in medicine and allied professions, and advise and help generally in the field of health.

The WHO functions as a regulatory and coordinating authority on international health by promoting uniform guarantee standards and international sanitary regulations. The WHO Executive Board consists of 34 Members technically qualified in the field of health and elected for a 3-year term to encourage and conduct research on problems of public health. To date, the constitution of the World Health Organization is signed by 61 countries and is responsible for the World Health Report.

Safeopedia explains World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that oversees and regulates international public health standards and practices. It was established on April 7, 1948, and is presently headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Responsible for the World Health Report, the WHO's current priorities include, among others, the mitigation of the effects of non-communicable diseases, occupational health, nutrition, and food safety. Its primary objective of making the highest possible level of health available to all people worldwide is achieved through providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships; monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends; translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge; providing technical support, catalyzing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity, and setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation.

As an independent regulatory agency, the WHO is financed by contributions from both member states and outside donors.

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