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Our goal at the World Health Organization (WHO) is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO Secretariat staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people.  

Together we strive to combat diseases – infectious diseases like influenza and HIV and noncommunicable ones like cancer and heart disease. We help mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. We ensure the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need.

WHO keeps a close eye on health trends, looking out for new threats and for new opportunities to improve public health. We gather the world’s top experts to examine critical health issues, define the best solutions and deliver and implement the strongest recommendations. We help countries prepare for emergencies and act when they strike. Underpinning all we do, is a shared effort to build strong health systems and achieve universal health coverage.

Because at WHO, we believe that no one should miss out on the opportunity to live a healthy life.