WHO is an acronym for World Health Organization.
World health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations organization. Its headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland and is currently headed by Tedros Adhanom.
WHO aims to promote public health at the international level.
Its goal can be stated as follows:
“Our goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff works side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.
Together we strive to combat diseases – infectious diseases like influenza and HIV and non communicable ones like cancer and heart disease. We help mothers and children survive and thrive safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need.”
Every year on 7th April World Health Day is observed. It is an initiative of WHO to focus on the promotion of the various health topics around the world. Some of the topics were:
- Vector-borne diseases
- Drug resistance
- Healthy aging, etc.
Along with this, various other activities are also conducted round the year to promote public health by the organization. These activities include the various health campaigns to promote and create awareness about various diseases such as Tuberculosis, Malaria, HIV AIDS, etc. Some of such campaigns are observation of:
- World Immunization Week- Last week of April
- World Malaria Day- April 25
- World No Tobacco Day- May 31
- World Blood Donor Day- June 14
- World Hepatitis Day- July 28
- World AIDS Day- December 1
- World Tuberculosis Day- March 24
As WHO is a part of United Nations, therefore it works for the development of the “Millennium Development Goals”, in the world.
WHO priority areas is aimed at the prevention and reduction of “disability, disease, and premature deaths from chronic noncommunicable diseases,
violence and injuries, mental disorders and visual impairment