World Health Organisation(WHO) is the United Nation’s (UN) specialized agency for health which work all over the world with the responsibility of providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting the norms and standards, articulating evidence based policy options and rovideing technical support to the countries as well as monitoring and assessing health trends.
WHO in India
India became a party to the WHO Constitution on 12 January 1948. The first session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia was held on 4-5 October 1948 in the office of the Indian Minister of Health.
WHO 6 core function
- providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed.
- shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge.
- setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation.
- articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options.
- providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity.
- monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.
Government of India and WHO partnership further strengthened to overcome the COVID-19 challenge
“WHO is an important partner in our fight against the COVID-19. I really value guidance and contributions made by the WHO in containing spread of COVID-19 across the country,”
- Dr Harsh Vardhan (Minister of Health & Family Welfare).
“Time and again the Government of India and WHO together have shown our ability, competence and prowess to the whole world. With our combined meticulous work, done with full sincerity and dedication, we were able to get rid of polio. Today I would like to remind you of your potential and ability, and the big things we can do together. All of you in the field – Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), state rapid response teams and WHO – are our ‘surveillance corona warriors’. With your joint efforts we can defeat the coronavirus and save lives,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India at a virtual meeting held in New Delhi on 15 April 2020.
Four Strategic Priorities of WHO in India
Strategic Priority 1 : Accelerate Progress on UHC
- Implementing Ayushman Bharat : Health and Wellness centres and hospitals insurance Scheme.
- Monitoring and evaluation of health sectors in India.
- Improving access to priority health services.
- Digital health ecosystem.
Strategic Priority 2 : Promote health and wellness by addressing determinants of health
- Noncommunicable diseases action plan roll out
- Environmental health including air pollution
- Mental health promotion and suicide prevention
- Nutrition and food safety
- Road safety
- Tobacco control
- Integration of NCD and environmental risk factor in digital health information platform
Strategic Priority 3 : Promote health and wellness by addressing determinants of health
- Disease Surveillance and outbreak detection,
- including International Health Regulation
- Roll-out of integrated disease Surveillance programme using the real time Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP)
- Response to all emergencies
- Containment of antimicrobial resistance
Strategic Priority 4 : Enhance India’s global leadership in health
- Improving access to medical product of assured quality made in India
- Development and information sharing of innovation in health practices and technologies including IHIP
- Strengthening India’s leadership in digital health
Our Warriors Against COVID-19
- Our Police warriors remain vulnerably exposed to rising Covid-19 infections.
- Police are guarding containment zones, enforcing the lockdown.
Doctors and Health Workers
Health workers are at the front line of any outbreak response and as such are exposed to hazards that put them at risk of infection with an outbreak pathogen (in this case COVID-19). Hazards include pathogen exposure, long working hours, psychological distress, fatigue, occupational burnout, stigma, and physical and psychological violence. This document highlights the rights and responsibilities of health workers, including specific measures needed to protect occupational safety and health.
The WHO-INDIA country Cooperation strategy 2019-2023