World Health Organisation: Know Your Organisation

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7th April 1948, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group. Its predecessor, the Health Organisation, was an agency of the League of Nations.
The constitution of the World Health Organisation had been signed by 61 countries on 22nd July 1946, with the first meeting of the World Health Assembly finishing on 24th July 1948. It incorporated the Office International d’Hygiene Publique and the League of Nations Health Organisation.
Its current priorities include communicable diseases, in particular, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, malaria and tuberculosis; the mitigation of the effects of non-communicable diseases; sexual and reproduction health, development, and aging, nutrition, food security and healthy eating; occupational health; substance abuse; ad drive the development of reporting, publications and networking.
WHO is responsible for the World health Report a leading International publication on health, the worldwide World Health Survey and World Health Day (7th April of every year).
All about World Health Organisation in brief:
  • Abbreviation: WHO
  • Formation: 7th April 1948
  • Type: Specialized agency of the United Nations
  • Legal Status: Active
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Head: Margaret Chan
  • Parent Organisation: United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
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