World Health Organization

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The emblem of the WHO.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is program of the United Nations (UN) and the directing and coordinating authority for health within the UN 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."[1]

When diplomats met to form the UN in 1945, one of the issues they addressed was the establishment of a global health organization. The WHO came into existence on April 7, 1948. April 7 is celebrated annually as World Health Day.

Dr. Margaret Chan is the current Director-General of the WHO since November 2006.[2]


Neil Seeman, the director of the Canadian Statistical Assessment Service, said May 3, 2003, "Just because a study or pronouncement carries the imprimatur of the WHO should not mean it is sacrosanct," about the WHO.[3] Philip Stevens wrote in December 2005, "[t]he World Health Organization is increasingly working against American values and the interests of the poor, [and] the U.S. should seriously consider cutting back the funds until the WHO adopts a more practical outlook."[4]

External links


  1. About WHO World Health Organization Accessed July 16, 2007
  2. Dr Margaret Chan
  3. WHO Says What?
  4. WHO’s in Charge?