Published on Mar 26, 2013
The World Health Organization was established on the first World Health Day in April 7th 1948 in Geneva Switzerland. The 1949 budget was 47 million dollars and in 2012, the budget was a around $4B. Most of the cash is voluntarily given.WHO is partnered with 473 NGOs, 189 of which is “Official.” With the help of other NGOs and Governments WHO has positively changed everything from this staggering list.
Of special note are Polio, Smallpox, and HIV. Polio has nearly been decadecimated. Smallpox was completely eradicated which was the first time ever that a disease was wiped out. Between 2009 and 2015, WHO aims to reduce HIV in people ages 15-24 by 50%, in children by 90%, and reduce HIV related deaths by 25%.
WHO conducts the “World Health Survey” with 400,000 participants over 70 countries. They also publish the “World Health Report” and created the WHO surgical checklist.
If I have a list for this video, so should surgeons poking a knife in someone’s head.
Controversies are plentiful for an organization this large. The WHO denounced the Roman Catholic church for opposing condom use. They created a report suggesting that sugar should be less than 10% of our diet. They also made an agreement with International Atomic Energy Agency such that each organization must consult with the other when it comes to nuclear health and safety. Finally, WHO declared a swine flu pandemic in 2009 but most don’t agree that it was pandemic-like.
In 2012, there were 194 member states including all of the United Nations except Liechtenstein. What up Liechtenstein?
The legislative and supreme body of WHO is the World Health Assembly located in Geneva. There are 34 technically qualified people in the executive board. Below the assembly are five Regional Offices ran by regional committees consisting of health department heads of multiple governments. Each office is a meeting place for surrounding countries. Finally, there are 147 country offices usually located in capitals that advise governments on health issues.
WHO employs 8500 people worldwide and they don’t hire smokers. There are goodwill ambassadors like the famous Jet Li, Nancy Brinker, Peng Liyuan, Yohei Sasakawa, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and some guy named Craig.