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Authors

Wendy Braun

Abstract

Over the past 60 years the World Health Organization (WHO) has succeeded in improving the general standard of health around the world. The WHO is an international agency within the United Nations and is comprised of 192 countries. The World Health Assembly, a 34 member elected board, meets annually to determine new regulations and budgetary needs for the organization. Rights-based policy is integrated throughout the World Health Organization’s programs. The WHO works with several entities, including non-governmental organizations, U.N. agencies and private organizations to achieve goals and implement new programs. Key topics for the WHO include gender rights, policy, and medical ethics. The Millennium Development Goals are a prime example of rights-based integration and universal collaboration that WHO strives to achieve, as these goals encompass the areas of poverty, education, environment, development and gender.

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