Mission and core functions


The mission of WHO in the African Region is the attainment of by all peoples of the highest level of health. As defined by the WHO Constitution: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of diseases and infirmity.".

The core functions of WHO in the African Region are:

  • providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed;
  • shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge;
  • setting norms and standards, and promoting and monitoring their implementation;
  • articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options;
  • providing technical support, catalyzing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and
  • monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.

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