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The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. It is part of the U.N. Sustainable Development Group. The WHO Constitution, which establishes the agency's governing structure and principles, states its main objective as ensuring "the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health." It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with six semi-autonomous regional offices and 150 field offices worldwide.
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  • Origin 

  • Establishment 

  • IAEA – Agreement WHA 12–40 

  • Operational history of WHO 

  • Overall focus 

  • Communicable diseases 

  • Non-communicable diseases 

  • Environmental health 

  • Life course and life style 

  • Reform efforts following the Ebola outbreak 

  • Response to the COVID-19 pandemic 

  • Health policy 

  • Digital Health 

  • Partnerships 

  • Public health education and action 

  • Data handling and publications 

  • International Agency for Research on Cancer 

  • Membership 

  • Taiwanese membership and participation 

  • World Health Assembly and Executive Board 

  • Director-General 

  • Global institutions 

  • Regional offices 

  • Goodwill Ambassadors 

  • Medical Society of the World Health Organization 

  • Country and liaison offices 

  • Present 

  • Past 

  • World headquarters