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.

Webinar: Alcohol Use Disorders and ICD 11

Webinar,

On Wednesday, 13 November 2019, join PAHO/WHO in a new session of the Alcohol and Health Webinar Series, on the topic "Alcohol Use Disorders and ICD11".

Learn about the changes introduced in ICD11 as related to alcohol use disorders and the latest information on the research being carried out internationally.

DAY: Wednesday, 13 November 2019

TIME: 12:30 PM EST

World Aids Day 2019

Global Campaign,

World AIDS Day is on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

Communities are a unique force behind the incredible success of the HIV response.

World Patient Safety Day

Global Campaign,

In May 2019, the 72nd World Health Assembly endorsed the establishment of World Patient Safety Day to be observed annually on the 17th of September.

The main objective of World Patient Safety Day is to raise global awareness about patient safety and encourage global solidarity and action.

World Mental Health Day 2019

Global Campaign,

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. 

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

Alcohol Country Fact Sheets

Created by
World Health Organisation
The 30 country fact sheets for EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland present data on consumption, consequence, and policy implementation for the year 2016, aiming to give guidance to national decision-makers for further priority-setting in the field of alcohol and public health.

The International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy

Created by
WHO UNAids UNDP and the International Centre for Human Rights Policy
Publication Date
The International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy, developed by WHO UNAids UNDP and the International Centre for Human Rights Policy, are a reference tool for policy-makers, lawyers and civil society organisations working to ensure human rights compliance in drug policy.

UNIATF: Call for Nominations for the Task Force Awards 2019

The UN Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (UNIATF) is calling for nominations for the UNIATF Award for achievements in the area of multisectoral action in the prevention and control of NCDs and the NCD-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The call for nominations is now OPEN until 31 March 2019. Nominations should demonstrate an outstanding contribution to multisectoral action in the prevention and control of NCDs and the NCD-related SDGs