The World Health Organisation is the health arm of the United Nations which aims to promote international public health.
The WHO’s 6 Leadership Priorities
Note: don’t confuse this with the 6 core functions and the 6 agenda areas of the WHO, which you’ll find in previous notes and exams. These are from previous years, and in 2015 you will be tested on these leadership priorities instead.
- Universal health coverage: aims to give everyone affordable access to essential health services
- Non-communicable diseases: aims to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases, like CVD, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases, by building healthier policies, reducing unhealthy behaviours, increasing access to medications, and encouraging research
- Social, economic and environmental determinants: acts on the causes of diseases to promote equity in health, through helping countries build better economic and social policy and increasing healthcare access to the disadvantaged
- Health-related Millennium Development Goals: targets the MDGs, especially the health-related ones (4, 5 and 6), as they all influence health
- Increasing access to medical products: improves access to affordable quality medicines, promoting local production
- The International Health Regulations: these require countries to report disease outbreaks to the WHO, and have procedures the WHO must follow in a public health emergency to reduce the threat to worldwide health
Note: the two videos below refer to the WHO’s 6 core functions and 6 agenda areas, which are no longer examinable. In 2015 you will be tested on the 6 leadership priorities instead. The videos below are still useful, however, as they cover the skills you need to answer WHO-related questions.
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