On April 7, 1948, the United Nations established the World Health Organization (WHO) with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO was the first UN agency to which every member-state subscribed. The health-care professionals and managers of the WHO are recognized for providing emergency medical assistance in times of natural or man-made disasters, as well as administering programs that have helped lead to the eradication of smallpox and a radical reduction in worldwide cases of polio.Today, the World Health Organization has targeted the spread of communicable diseases such as malaria and AIDS. To combat these diseases, the WHO works with local health-care providers, research scientists, and drug manufacturers. This cooperation recognizes that “health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defense against transnational threats.”
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry combat Verb
the act of working together.
terrible and damaging event.
to destroy or remove.
infectious disease caused by a parasite carried by mosquitoes.
to make or produce a good, usually for sale.
scientific observations and investigation into a subject, usually following the scientific method: observation, hypothesis, prediction, experimentation, analysis, and conclusion.
very contagious, often fatal disease wiped out with vaccination programs.
having to do with issues, people, or organizations from different countries.
United Nations Noun
international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.
World Health Organization (WHO) Noun
United Nations agency responsible for health.