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