Their goal is to build a better and healthier future for people all over the
world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staffs work
side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest
attainable level of health for all people.
They also strive to combat infectious diseases like influenza and HIV and
non-communicable ones like cancer and heart disease. They help mothers and
children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age.
They ensure the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the
water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need.
They support countries as they coordinate the efforts of multiple sectors of
the government and partners – including bi- and multilaterals, funds and
foundations, civil society organizations and private sector – to attain
their health objectives and support their national health policies and
strategies. WHO headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1988, WHO launched a campaign against Poliomyelitis, with the goal of
eradicating the disease by 2005. Once endemic on all continents, Polio is
now confined to Africa and South Asia; the Americas were declared Polio-
free in 1994, followed by the Western Pacific region in 2000 and Europe in
The aggressive campaign was successful, and the last natural case of
infection by smallpox occurred in 1977. WHO stipulates that after a three-
year period in which no naturally occurring infections occur, an area can
be declared disease-free. WHO officially announced the world smallpox-free
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