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Canada and the World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO), founded in 1948, is the largest of the United Nations (UN) specialized agencies. Its overall goal is to achieve the highest level of health for all. WHO provides leadership on global health matters and the research agenda, sets global health norms and standards, provides technical support to countries, and monitors health trends.

With its near universal membership and strong convening power, WHO is the primary multilateral organization able to mobilize and coordinate international action on global health issues, particularly in contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Canada's support for the World Health Organization

Canada works closely with WHO to reduce global diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and to improve the health and rights of women and children, including nutrition.

Canada also works with WHO to support national health programs such as those in Haiti and Afghanistan and with WHO's regional offices such as the Pan American Health Organization.


With the support of Canada and other donors, WHO:

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