World Health Organization 

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by Alliya Dulaney

The World Health Organization (WHO) came into force on April 7, 1948 — now celebrated as World Health Day. WHO has more than 150 countries working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices working to promote health and well-being. The decision-making body of WHO is the World Health Assembly which is comprised of delegates from all WHO Member States. There they discuss policies, programs and budgets prepared by the Executive Board. While WHO inherited tasks related from the League of Nations such as epidemic control and drug standardization, they also work to promote the “highest possible level of health” which they define as mental, physical and social well being.