World Health Organization

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defence against transnational threats.

The role of WHO in public health
The Organization's core functions

The WHO agenda
A six-point agenda to improve public health

Resources and planning
Budget, fund sources and expenditures

History of WHO
Origin of WHO and historical resources

World Health Report
Report on global public health issues and key statistics

Multilingualism and WHO
Speaking health in the world's languages

How to Reach World Health Organization

World Health Organization
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1211 Geneva 27

Tel.: + 41 22 791 21 11
Fax: + 41 22 791 31 11

Categories Covered:HIV Epidemiology, Adverse Events, Comorbidities, and HIV, HIV Care and Services Outside the US, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and HIV, Pediatric HIV Care, HIV Treatment Strategies

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TB Causes 1 in 3 HIV Deaths

In 2017, 300,000 of the total 940,000 global HIV deaths occurred among people infected by both HIV and tuberculosis (TB), according to the WHO "Global TB report 2018" launched last week.

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IAS and WHO Identify the Most Critical Research Needs for Infants, Children and Adolescents Living With HIV

The most pressing gaps in research needed to improve outcomes for children and adolescents living with HIV are highlighted in the first global priority research agendas on paediatric and adolescent HIV.

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Over 1 Million Treated With Highly Effective Hepatitis C Medicines

Over one million people in low- and middle-income countries have been treated with a revolutionary new cure for hepatitis C since its introduction two years ago. However, high prices remain a major barrier to access.

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WHO Confirms Antiretroviral Therapy Reduces the Risk of Life-Threatening HIV-Related Infections

Adults and children with HIV who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) as early as possible reduce their risk of developing serious HIV-related infections, according to new findings published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Treat All People Living With HIV, Offer Antiretrovirals as PrEP for People at Substantial Risk

Anyone living with HIV should begin antiretroviral treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends.

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Guideline on When to Start Antiretroviral Therapy and on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV

There are two key recommendations in this 2015 update. First, everyone living with HIV, regardless of CD4 count, should begin treatment immediately. Second, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is recommended as a prevention choice for people at substanti...

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WHO: People Most at Risk of HIV Are Not Getting the Health Services They Need

GENEVA -- Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups -- men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people -- threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO.

These people a...

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WHO Announces New Approaches to HIV Prevention and Treatment Among Children

Geneva, Vienna -- Efforts worldwide on access to treatment for children with HIV have reached a new milestone, with 355 000 children receiving life-saving HIV treatment at the end of 2009, compared to 276 000 at the end of 2008; but many more lives c...

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New Guidance on Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Infant Feeding in the Context of HIV

2010 Guidelines: "Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating Pregnant Women and Preventing HIV Infections in Infants"

Since WHO issued revised guidelines in 2006, important new evidence has emerged on the use of antiretroviral (ARV) prophylaxis for the pre...

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More Than Five Million People Receiving HIV Treatment

Geneva, Vienna -- An estimated 5.2 million people in low and middle-income countries were receiving life-saving HIV treatment at the end of 2009, according to the latest update from WHO.

WHO estimates that 1.2 million people started treatment in 200...

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