The World Health Organization (commonly known as WHO) is a United Nations institution. It is in charge of public health on a worldwide scale. The WHO Constitution sets the organization’s structure and procedures, as well as its core aim to ensuring that all living people have the greatest possible health. Its headquarters are currently in Geneva, Switzerland.

The WHO’s mandate is quite broad. Advocating for universal healthcare, reducing public health hazards, reacting to global health emergencies, and promoting better health globally are all part of it. The organisation as a whole offers technical help to various countries and establishes global health standards and recommendations. The World Health Survey is another way the WHO gathers data on global health issues.

The World Health Report, a publication of the WHO, offers readers with professional scientific and medical analyses of international health themes and data.

Throughout the years, this institution has played a critical part in numerous major public health successes. The WHO specifically aided in the elimination of smallpox, the (near) eradication of polio, and the development of the Ebola vaccine. The WHO is still working to discover a cure for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and cancer.

The WHO is supported by donations from member countries and private contributors. The organisation has a budget of around $4.2 billion, the majority of which comes from voluntary non-assessed donations. Bill Gates’ Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contributes around 9.4% of WHO financing.



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