WHO stands for World Health Organization. It came into being on April 7, 1948. It has its headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland). The W.H.O. works through the World Health Assembly, the Executive Board and the Secretariat. All member states of the U.N.O. can become its members.


Good health for the people of the world is the aim of the W.H.O. The constitution of the W.H.O. defines health as a state of complete mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The main objective of the Organization is, therefore, the attainment for all the people the highest possible level of health.

In order to accomplish the task before it, the W.H.O. sends experts to backward countries to teach methods of preventing and controlling diseases. It has already saved thousands of lives by conducting researches in health and medicine and by publishing reports and surveys.