World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO began when its Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date celebrated every year as World Health Day. It has more than 7000 people working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at its headquarters in Geneva.

WHO’s primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system.

Main areas of work:

  • Health systems
  • Promoting health through the life-course
  • Noncommunicable diseases
  • Communicable diseases
  • Corporate services
  • Preparedness, surveillance and response.

WHO support countries as it coordinates the efforts of multiple sectors of the government and partners – including bi- and multilaterals, funds and foundations, civil society organizations and private sector – to attain its health objectives and support national health policies and strategies.

Integrated brief interventions for noncommunicable disease risk factors in primary care: the manual

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Brief interventions are recognized by WHO as an effective measure to help people quit tobacco, reduce or stop alcohol use and increase physical activity. They can also help to achieve and maintain healthy eating behaviours and manage weight for those living with overweight and obesity.

Women, men and alcohol: Why is gender important in alcohol control policies?


This webinar will raise awareness of the importance of gender when addressing alcohol-related harms, present current research evidence and share examples of how communities are addressing these issues.

Key questions to be addressed include:

what evidence do we have about whether gender impacts policies which seek to address alcohol availability, affordability and acceptability?

No place for cheap alcohol: the potential value of minimum pricing for protecting lives

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The WHO European Region has some of the highest levels of alcohol consumption and corresponding rates of alcohol-related harm in the world. Pricing policies and taxation are among the most effective measures that policy-makers can use to address these harms, but they remain underutilized across the Region. 

WHO stakeholder survey on improving access to morphine for medical use

WHO launched a survey on assessing barriers, enablers, and pirority actions for improving access to morphine for medical use. All Civil Society Organisation can contribute by filling out the survey before 31 August 2022. The survey is available in all 6 UN languages for participation by relevant stakeholders: The purpose of the survey is to: Collect information about current situations on access to morphine and other strong opioids in countries for patients in need; Identify

Partner Profile WHO

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Presented as part of the Uniting the global community to face the challenge of addiction event, online, on 15th May, 2022




Partner Profile WHO

Partner Profiles

Our partners introduce their missions, programs, and resources to support the workforce and activities.

World Health Day


In the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, on World Health Day 2022, WHO will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.