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World Health Organization (WHO)

by Khristine Custodio last modified Dec 23, 2013 08:51 AM
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations 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. It advocates for clean and safe drinking water, promotes sanitation, and combats water-transmitted diseases.


WHO fulfills its objectives through its core functions:

  • providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed;
  • shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge;
  • setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation;
  • articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options;
  • providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and
  • monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.


More about WHO

WHO’s Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date we now celebrate every year as World Health Day.

WHO considers water as an essential and limited resource. The organization is committed in preserving the quality of freshwater for drinking, food production and recreational use. It also protects water resources through its projects aimed at preventing or removing the presence of infectious agents, toxic chemicals, and radiological hazards.

Useful links



Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneva 27

Tel: +41 22 791 2111
Fax: +41 22 791 3111
E-Mail: Contact Form
Web: www.who.int





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