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The World Health Organization (WHO) is an agency of the United Nations that focuses on international public health issues. Founded in 1948, the WHO seeks to coordinate government responses to public health crises and disease outbreaks on the international level, and to promote polices that could make a future crisis less damaging- for instance, advocating for universal healthcare for individuals worldwide.


When the UN was founded in 1945 following the end of the second World War, its founding members discussed many things they could do to prevent another war and generally make the world a better and safer place. Among the most important of these was the establishment of an international health organization. From 1946 to 1948 an Interim Commission consisting of 18 UN member states took over the Health Division of the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. WHO's Constitution came into effect on April 7, 1948, now celebrated as "World Health Day".[1]

Over the years since, WHO has been instrumental in numerous international health crises, from the eradication of smallpox and poliomyelitis to its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. History of WHO. Accessed 15 May 2021.