World Health Organization (WHO)

unct-ye-who-staff-distribute-iv-fluids-health-facilities-cholera-imageResponding to cholera outbreak, WHO distributes IV fluids to health facilities in the affected areas (Photo: Sadeq Alwesabi/WHO)


WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the UN system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Since 1953, WHO country office has been supporting the work of the Ministry of Public Health and Population in health systems development, health protection and promotion efforts, the development of interventions for emerging public health priorities, and in prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, as well as supporting immunization services and improving maternal and child health. WHO has also supported the efforts of the Ministry to respond to disaster and emergency situations.

Despite deteriorating security situation since March 2015, WHO has substantially contributed to replenishing medical supplies including life-saving medicines; trauma and surgical kits; providing fuel supplies for health facilities; ambulances and the vaccine cold chain; dispatching surgeons and specialized doctors; setting up mobile medical clinics; and ensuring clean water and sanitation services in health facilities, as well as for IDPs and vulnerable people.