World Health Organization (WHO)

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. WHO have more than 7000 people working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at their headquarters in Geneva. WHO's primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system.

The main areas of work are:

Health systems

Promoting health through the life-course

Noncommunicable diseases

Communicable diseases

Corporate services

Preparedness, surveillance, and response

WHO's current priorities include communicable diseases, in particular HIV/AIDS, Ebola, malaria and tuberculosis; the mitigation of the effects of non-communicable diseases; sexual and reproductive health, development, and aging; nutrition, food security and healthy eating; occupational health; substance abuse; and driving the development of reporting, publications, and networking.