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Within a span of months, a virus which originated from Wuhan, China, has engulfed the entire known world. Covid-19 or the novel coronavirus has initiated lock downs around the globe in almost every continent, robbed countless people of their lives and has forced the World Health Organization (commonly referred to as the WHO) to recognize it as a “pandemic”.

Not only has the WHO recognized the coronavirus as a health pandemic, it is also prescribing ways to combat this deadly virus, recommending precautionary measures on an individual, national and international level.

Suffice it to say, WHO is at the forefront of the battle against coronavirus. So given the frequency with which WHO is being mentioned by politicians, news anchors and doctors, one has to ask.. What is the World health Organization?

In simple terms WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. Its main objective as written in its charter is to ensure “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.”

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1- China Co-Founded WHO

Szeming Sze, was a diplomat from the Republic of China who in 1945 along with his Norwegian and Brazilian counterparts proposed the idea of establishing an international health organization under the auspices of the new United Nations.

However, the word “world” was used instead of “international” in order to emphasize the global nature of what the organization was trying to achieve.

2- World Health Day was created by WHO

Every year, on 7th April the World Health Day is celebrated in almost every country. In 1948, the First World Health Assembly called for the creation of a World Health Day.

3- Director General

The head of WHO is the Director General, who is elected by the World Health Assembly. The World Health assembly is the forum through which the WHO is governed by its 194 member states. It is the world’s highest Health Policy setting body and is composed of health ministers from member states.

The Director general of WHO serves a 5 year term , and are typically appointed in May, when the assembly convenes. The first Director general of WHO was a Canadian doctor by the name of G. Brock Chisholm. The current Director General of WHO is Dr. Tedros Adhanom.

4- Membership

All member states of the United Nations are automatically eligible for WHO membership and as per the website of WHO “other countries may be admitted as members when their application has been approved by a simple majority vote of the World Health Assembly”.

To serve on the executive board of the World Health Organization, members are required to be technically qualified in health meaning they need to have formal education in medical fields.

5- WHO “Goodwill Ambassadors”

Goodwill Ambassadors are employed by WHO in order to direct public attention towards Global Health issues. Often times WHO Goodwill Ambassadors are people with a mass fan following in their respective countries or around the world and thus, are members of arts, sports or other influential fields. They are appointed by the Director General for a two year term. Some of the current WHO Goodwill Ambassadors are,

  • Alisson Becker(Footballer), appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Health Promotion
  • Peng Liyuan(Chinese Soprano and actress), appointed as Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS
  • Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for the Health Workforce


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