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The World Health Organization

ISBN13: 9789041110961
ISBN: 9041110968
Published: December 1998
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: £160.00

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Presenting the broad lines of the action and evolution of the World Health Organization (WHO), this work identifies some of the problems WHO has had to face in the past, and will have to confront in the future. It discusses in detail the historical origins, WHO's objectives, and the evolution of its strategy and programmes. The Organization's structures as well as the problems raised by its decentralization are reviewed, as well as its action in the field of technical co-operation and several of its more important past and present programmes. The general conclusion attempts to envisage the future of the Organization.;The study is based essentially on WHO's official documentation, both open and restricted, and on the personal experience of the main author, a former WHO official.

The historical origins of WHO; the birth of WHO, its objectives, the evolution of its strategy and programmes; the evolution of WHO's structure; WHO's normative action; research, education and training, and information; technical co-operation; WHO's operational role - disease control or eradication; budgetary and financial questions; WHO's co-ordination and co-operation with other organizations; general conclusion - the Organization's achievements and future, challenges, criticisms and reform.