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What Does the World Health Organization Do?

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Dr. Michael Omidi is a co-founder of No More Poverty, among other charities. Here, he focuses on the workings of the World Health Organization.

The United Nations organization known as WHO (World Health Organization) is almost constantly in the news, but few people know the details about how the entity operates, when it was created and where it operates. Here are some fast facts about WHO, as well as a couple of informative websites in case you want to do some more in-depth study:

• WHO is a specialized agency within the United Nations that focuses on problems of international public health. Founded in 1948, WHO is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and is currently led by Margaret Chan.

• One of the first, and most dramatic, successes of the organization was the near eradication of smallpox. Today, its priorities center on various communicable diseases like AIDS/HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and ebola. One of the organization’s other priorities is “food security and healthy eating,” which of course encompasses the worldwide fight against poverty.

• WHO spends about $4 billion dollars per year on its programs.

• Little-known but vitally relevant is the organization’s official mission statement, which declares that WHO works for “… the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health.”

• The current aim of WHO is a six-fold mission, namely to provide leadership, shape research, set norms, create policy options, offer technical support, and to monitor world health.

• If you would like to volunteer your time or services for any United Nations organization, visit the official UN volunteers website.

• Two sites that will give you a thorough understanding of what WHO does, as well as its history are the organization’s own official website, plus an informational page located at Wikipedia.

The World Health Organization is one of the most powerful weapons we have to fight poverty on a global basis. Learn more about WHO and consider volunteering for one of the many UN programs. You’ll be helping “fight the good fight” against world poverty.

Yours in health,

Michel Omidi

The Omidi Brothers, Julian Omidi and Michael Omidi MD, are dedicated to the elimination of global poverty. No More Poverty was co-founded by the brothers.

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