Human Genetics programme

About Human Genetics programme (HGN)

The goal of the Human Genetics programme (HGN) is to encourage the optimal utilization of genetics and genomics to contribute to WHO's goal of achieving the best attainable health for all people. In catering for the needs of major stakeholders; namely, the general public, patients, health care professionals, and policy makers, the HGN aims to:

  • Build public understanding of the science of human genetics and genomics, related technologies and health services; and their ethical legal and social implications (ELSI).
  • Provide up-to-date information on the role of genetic research, genomic technologies and services in the prevention, treatment and management of human disease.
  • Provide the necessary tools to health care professionals and policy makers, enabling better genetic service management and delivery.
  • Enhance the transfer of genomics information and foster informed dialogue, collaboration and assistance among health services and research institutions, patients and support groups.
  • Improve genetic health services by facilitating transfer of knowledge especially between the high- & low to middle-income countries.
  • Promote community education and build capacity in low- & middle-income countries.
  • Improve gender and diversity mainstreaming in genetic service delivery and ELSI analysis.

The design and content of the HGNare especially sensitive to the informational needs and technological capabilities of low- & middle- income countries. The HGN is instrumental in understanding the work of the Human Genetics Programme, its contribution towards the prevention and control of chronic disease, and promote health through effective partnerships, especially in low- & middle-income countries.

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