World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized UN agency that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948 (a date we now celebrate every year as World Health Day) by Member States of the UN, with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Regional Office for Africa is located in Brazzaville, Congo. WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group.


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. Download the full document