95-166 - World Health Organization: A Fact Sheet
1-Jul-1996; Lois McHugh; 2 p.
Abstract: The World Health Organization (WHO), established in 1948, is the U.N. System's authority on international public health issues. It assists governments in improving national health services and in establishing worldwide standards for foods, chemicals, and biological and pharmaceutical products. WHO concentrates on preventive rather than curative programs, including efforts to eradicate endemic and other widespread diseases, stabilize population growth, improve nutrition, sanitation, and maternal and child care. WHO works through contracts with other agencies and private voluntary organizations. The United States has been a member of WHO since 1948. As part of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 1994-1995, Congress directed the Administration to monitor the activities of the WHO to ensure timely implementation of budget reform measures and the efficient and effective use of resources for reduction of diseases and disabilities in developing countries. 1 The Administration is requesting a contribution of $107.4 million for FY1997. [read report]
Topics: Population, International