About WHO

History of WHO

Turkish doctor inoculates child against TB, 1970s.
Turkish doctor inoculates child against TB, 1970s.

When diplomats met to form the United Nations in 1945, one of the things they discussed was setting up a global health organization.

WHO’s Constitution came into force on 7 April 1948 – a date we now celebrate every year as World Health Day.

Related information

World Health Day 2014: small bite, big threat

What WHO does: bringing health to life

Corporate information