Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is focused on global public health. It was established in 1948 and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. WHO’s main objective is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. WHO works to ensure that people are able to enjoy the highest possible level of health, which is a fundamental right and essential for the overall well-being and development of individuals, communities, and countries.

The main functions of WHO include:

Setting international health standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation.

Providing technical assistance to countries in the planning and implementation of their health programs.

Collecting and disseminating health-related information, including data on outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Providing guidance and support to countries in the development of their health systems, including the strengthening of health systems.

Coordinating international responses to health emergencies and promoting health research and the sharing of knowledge.

Monitoring the world’s health situation and assessing the impact of health policies, programs, and interventions.

WHO works closely with governments, other UN agencies, and other partners to achieve its objectives. It plays a key role in coordinating international efforts to improve global health and address health emergencies.

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