World Health Organization (WHO)

Founded on: 7 April 1948.

Head Quarter: Geneva, Switzerland

Director-General: Dr Margaret Chan

Member Country: 194

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defence against transnational threats.

The objective of the World Health Organization shall be the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.

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