Knowledge management and health

Department of Knowledge Management and Sharing (KMS)

What is Knowledge Management?

Knowledge management has many definitions but WHO uses the term to describe how the secretariat uses technology to enable people to create, capture, store, retrieve, use and share knowledge.


The vision of WHO knowledge management is a world with better and more equitable health outcomes.


Our mission is to improve the understanding and application of knowledge management in the pursuit of WHO's mandate.

Strategic directions

  • Improve the quality of WHO's work through improved access to information.
  • Facilitate global collaborations and knowledge networks to make WHO's work more efficient.
  • Develop WHO's capacity as a multilingual publisher of high-quality publications.
  • Promote the use of information and communication technologies to improve health services and systems.


Selected activities


Over 3000 journal titles are now available to health institutions in 113 countries.

Global Health Library

Access to reliable health information for those who need it

Expert advisory panels

Expert advisory panels consist of experts from whom the Organization may obtain technical guidance and support within a particular subject.

Guidelines Review Committee

The Guidelines Review Committee was established to ensure that WHO guidelines are of a high methodological quality and are developed through a transparent, evidence-based decision-making process.


World Health Report

WHO Bulletin