Founded in 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) was created to help nations work together to address global health problems. As a specialized agency of the United Nations, WHO monitors and assesses global health trends, helps nations improve their health services, and fosters public health research, including the development of new vaccines and improved sanitation practices. The organization is perhaps best known for its vaccination programs to eradicate such diseases as smallpox and polio and for its speedy responses to outbreaks of infectious diseases and other health emergencies. WHO's staff-in a wide range of departments, programs, and teams around the world-work to assure that every person can achieve and maintain good health.
Global Organizations focuses on the world's top governing bodies. The series gives complete coverage to the organizations that make important economic, political, and social decisions that affect the whole world. Each book vividly describes an institution's conception, structure, and mission, as well as its economic, political, geographical, and historical frameworks.