Who is the W.H.O.?
The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) was founded in April of 1948 and is a specialized division / agency of the United Nations (U.N.), which is responsible for international public health. The use of the word "world", rather than "international", emphasized the truly global nature of what the organization was seeking to achieve. The W.H.O. also has its own governing board called the World Health Agency (W.H.A.), which is made up of 194 member states and 34 health specialists.
The mission of the W.H.O. is "the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.” Their mandate includes advocating for universal healthcare, monitoring public health risks, coordinating responses to health emergencies, and promoting human health and well-being. It provides technical assistance to countries, sets international health standards and guidelines, and collects data on global health issues through the World Health Survey. They have their own publication, “The World Health Report.”
The W.H.O. also serves as a forum for health summits and discussion of health-related issues. Their overall focus is upon, communicable disease, non-communicable disease, environmental health, life course and lifestyle, surgery and trauma, emergency work, as well as health policy.
The W.H.O have been in the news quite a bit lately and are under great scrutiny with regard to Director GeneralTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus' handling of the Covid19 virus and pandemic as well as his ties to organizations that have been labeled as terrorist groups.