World Health Organization

World Health Organization “IHO” redirects here. For other uses, see International Hydrographic Organization. “WHO” redirects here. For the band, see The Who. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the agency of the United Nations Organization (UN) specialized in managing policies for prevention, health promotion and intervention worldwide. Organized at the initiative of the Economic and Social Council which prompted the drafting of the first charter of WHO. The first WHO meeting in Geneva in 1948. The main tasks of the World Health Assembly are to approve the program and budget of WHO for the next biennium and to decide major issues of health policy. As prescribed in its Constitution, the WHO’s objective is that all people everywhere can enjoy the highest standard of health can be achieved.The WHO Constitution defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social” and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The 193 member states of the WHO is governed by the World Health Assembly. The Assembly is composed of representatives of all WHO Member States. In 2009, the institution was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation.