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The World Health Organization or WHO is the arm of the United Nations (UN) that promotes international public health. The agency was established on July 22nd, 1946 through a treaty between all 61 members of the UN at the time.

The WHO’s goal “is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.” To do this, it acts as a leader which mobilizes nations to action when people need medical or nutritional assistance. The World health Organization also plays a role in research and knowledge about health conditions and communicable diseases, as well as how to find ways to prevent these conditions. It establishes a framework of standards for health and finds ways to bring the health of people above these standards.

Notable examples of the World Health Organization’s work include communicable disease prevention, like their campaigns to stop the spread of AIDS. Eradicating the Smallpox virus was one of their greatest successes to date. The WHO has also played a role in changing how we think about health by encouraging preventative practices before a hospital visit becomes necessary.