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The World Health Organization

The World Health Organization


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The World Health Organization

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791098394
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Global Organizations Series
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: Outbreak! 7

1 Introduction to the World Health Organization 12

2 The Rise of International Public Health 21

3 WHO at Work 35

4 The UN Millennium Development Goals 51

5 Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis 66

6 Preventing and Controlling Chronic Diseases 81

7 Ensuring Global Health 97

8 Health Care for Everyone 112

Chronology 117

Notes 119

Bibliography 122

Further Reading 126

Picture Credits 129

Index 130

About the Contributors 135

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