Resources on Faith, Ethics and Public Life

World Health Organization

Established in 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) is the UN coordinating authority on international public health, tasked with monitoring, preventing, and treating key infectious diseases and promoting health worldwide. As a leader on global health issues, the WHO guides health research, sets health standards, and outlines policy options. The organization also provides countries with technical support by delivering vaccines and supporting national health campaigns. A secular organization led by the World Health Assembly, made up of representatives sent by over 190 member states, the WHO has formed partnerships with religious groups and leaders on a range of issues, most notably in health education, tobacco awareness campaigns, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The WHO encourages cooperation between public health authorities and faith-based organizations, including healthcare providers doing work related to Ebola, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and vaccination.

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