One of the major United Nations organizations created after WWII, with a broad and urgent health mandate for all humans.

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Created in the years soon after the Second World War, as one of the major and more well-known of the United Nations institutions seeking to engender multilateral peace and security in every recognized nation, the World Health Organization has since the 1940s focused on implementing the broadest and most humane definitions of health — for all humans and their environs. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland it employs over 7000 people from more than 150 countries, all working vitally in each of those countries and through 6 regions: Africa, the Americas, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, South-East Asia, and the Western Pacific.

Over its 70 years of operations, WHO has been most consistently impactful in addressing public health emergencies around the world. WHO has also been central in advancing scientific and public health research; furthering dialogue on and implementation of effective public, community and primary health practices; and redefining global and local notions and ideals of health, which have become central to advocating countries, their leaders and their practitioners take up the tasks and duties of improving health coverage, protections and well-being.

WHO Updates

23 April 2019: NORTH KIVU, DRC — WHO is in active, ongoing coordination with the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to provide diagnosis and treatment response to what has become the second largest Ebola outbreak in modern history. See our updated information here.


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