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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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  • Origins 

  • Establishment 

  • Operational history of WHO 

  • Communicable diseases 

  • Non-communicable diseases 

  • Environmental health 

  • Life course and life style 

  • Emergency work 

  • Health policy 

  • Digital Health 

  • Partnerships 

  • Public health education and action 

  • Data handling and publications 

  • Membership 

  • World Health Assembly and Executive Board 

  • Director-General 

  • Global institutions 

  • Regional offices 

  • Goodwill Ambassadors 

  • Country and liaison offices 

  • Present 

  • Past 

  • IAEA – Agreement WHA 12–40 

  • Roman Catholic Church and AIDS 

  • 2009 swine flu pandemic 

  • 2013–2016 Ebola outbreak and reform efforts 

  • IARC controversies 

  • Taiwanese membership and participation 

  • Travel expenses 

  • Robert Mugabe's role as a goodwill ambassador 

  • 2019–20 COVID-19 pandemic 

  • Opposition from the Trump Administration 

  • Traditional medicine 

  • World headquarters