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World Health Organization

Efforts to create the World Health Organization (WHO) date back to the era of the League of Nations, when the idea of using national institutions as references for standardization of global health practices was initiated. The plenipotentiaries who attended the 1945 United Nations (UN) conference discussed and agreed that the world needed a global health coordinating and planning agency in order to meet the challenges of world health. Following the 1945 conference, the constitution of the WHO was signed in New York City on July 22, 1946. Consequently, the WHO became an established specialized agency of the UN on April 7, 1948, when the organization’s constitution (which has a total of 82 articles) came into force. It is for this reason that April 7 ...

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