Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is WHO Kobe Centre's relationship with WHO?

Aside from its headquarters in Geneva, WHO consists of six regional offices and two independent research centres. WHO Kobe Centre is one of the two global research centers within the WHO system. The other research centre is the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) located in Lyon, France.

2. How can I obtain WHO publications in Japan?

3. What is WHO's definition of health?

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

The correct bibliographic citation for the definition is: Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948.

This definition has not been amended since 1948.

4. Where can I find information about life expectancy/healthy life expectancy?

5. I would like to obtain the WHO guidelines for drinking water quality.

6. How do I find information on electromagnetic fields and human health, in Japanese?

Please visit the WHO's International EMF Project site for fact sheets and information sheets in multiple languages. Also see the IARC classification of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (31 May 2011).

7. Please explain the WHO emblem.

WHO's emblem was chosen by the first World Health Assembly in 1948. The emblem consists of the United Nations symbol surmounted by a staff with a snake coiling round it. The staff with the snake has long been a symbol of medicine and the medical profession. It originates from the story of Aesculapius who was revered by the ancient Greeks as a god of healing and whose cult involved the use of snakes.