World Health Organization.

Based in Geneva, it is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations (UN) system. It has 193 members. WHO’s main objective is the highest possible level of health for all humans.

The four core functions are:

  • development of international guidelines for health care
  • specification of global quality standards for health
  • collaboration with the governments of the member states to support national health programmes
  • development and provision of appropriate technologies, information and standards for health.

For this, WHO closely works with other UN organisations, governments, and bilateral, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.


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