World Health Organization
The World Health Organization is the United Nations
specialized agency for health. It was established on 7
April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its
Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the
highest possible level of health. Health is defined in
WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical,
mental and social well-being and not merely the absence
of disease or infirmity.
WHO is governed by 192 Member States through the World
Health Assembly. The Health Assembly is composed of
representatives from WHO's Member States. The main tasks
of the World Health Assembly are to approve the WHO
programme and the budget for the following biennium and
to decide major policy questions.