WHO in the African Region

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is building a better future for people everywhere. Health lays the foundation for vibrant and productive communities, stronger economies, safer nations and a better world. Our work touches lives around the world every day – often in invisible ways. As the lead health authority within the United Nations (UN) system, we help ensure the safety of the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and the medicines and vaccines that treat and protect us. The Organization aims to provide every child, woman and man with the best chance to lead a healthier, longer life.

WHO has been at the centre of or behind dramatic improvements in public health since it was established in 1948, gathering the world’s top health experts, defining solutions, delivering guidelines and mobilizing governments, health workers and partners to positively impact people’s health. The Organization works in close collaboration with other UN agencies, donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), WHO collaborating centres and the private sector. It contributes to promoting the general health of people across the world. Over 7,000 public health experts from all over the globe work for WHO, in most countries worldwide.

This brief information provides useful insight into WHO's work in collaboration with other stakeholders to improve people's health.

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icon WHO in the African Region: Making People Healthier [pdf 7.58 MB]

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The WHO African Region is one of the six regions of WHO. The Organization's presence in the region consists of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, a Secretariat for the African region, three Inter-country Support Teams (ISTs) and WHO Country and Liaison Offices located in 47 Member States.

Mission and core functions
The mission of WHO in the African Region is the attainment by all peoples of the highest level of health.

Governance
Information about the World Health Assembly, the Executive Board and the Regional Committee for Africa.

Organizational structure
Functions of the Regional Office, Inter-country Support Teams, and WHO Country and Liaison Offices.

Leadership
Biographies of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, the Assistant Regional Director and Cluster directors.

Resources and planning
Framework for WHO`s financial resources and expenditure in the African Region.

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