World Health Organization

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is a United Nations agency responsible for public health. It was established in 1948. Its members meet once a year in the World Health Assembly, and each country has equal voting power. 80% of its budget comes from private funding.[1]


In the late 1940s and early 1950s, the Soviet Union and its allies left the WHO because of its support for U.S. imperialism. The WHO then abandoned socialized medicine. In the late 1970s, under Halfdan Mahler, the WHO returned to supporting public healthcare. In 1978, it released the Alma Ata Declaration, calling for community participation in public health. In the early 1980s, the World Health Assembly froze the WHO's budget and only allowed it to increase as much as inflation. By the early 1990s, most of the WHO's budget came from private donations.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dian Maria Blandina (2023-05-17). "75 years after its foundation, WHO struggles for sovereignty" Peoples Dispatch. Archived from the original on 2023-05-21.