Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network

World Health Organization


WHO Summary

The objective of WHO is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health, as defined in the WHO Constitution, is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. In support of its main objective, the Organization has a wide range of functions.

WHO also proposes conventions, agreements, regulations and makes recommendations about international nomenclature of diseases, causes of death and public health practices. It develops, establishes and promotes international standards concerning foods and biological, pharmaceutical and similar substances.

The World Health Organization has many established Programmes in support of its objective: from the Division on Food and Nutrition (FNU) to the Global Programme on AIDs (GPA).

Along with its headquarters, six regional organizations have been established as integral parts of WHO, each consisting of a regional committee and a regional office.

Additional information may be obtained through WHO's Gopher or the WHO World Wide Web Home Page.

WHO Locations

World Health Organization (WHO)
CH-1211 Geneva

Tel: 41-22-791-2111
Fax: 41-22-791-0746

Regional Offices include: Regional Office for Africa (AFRO); Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO); Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO); Regional Office for Europe (EURO); Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO); and, the Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO).

WHO Datasets/Resources

The Mortality Database held by the World Health Organization (WHO) is a centrally managed database containing data on cause of death statistics for human populations by country, year, sex, and age. The database is used for the assessment of trends in mortality patterns between countries.

A selection of other WHO Databases is also available.

Datasets from other organizations containing environmental, earth science, and global change information can be located through CIESIN's Gateway.

Related Organizations

Being one of many UN Organizations, WHO related information may be available through The United Nations Development Programme UNDP Gopher, The United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF Gopher, or The World Bank and World Bank Gopher.

Information about other Information Cooperative partner organizations may be located through CIESIN's Organizational Guides.

Text Browser Utilities:
[CIESIN Home Page, Information Cooperative Home Page , CIESIN Gateway, Compass, User Services, Register, FAQs, Full-Text Search]


For more information about CIESIN and our activities contact User Services:
e-mail:, Telephone: 1-517-797-2727
Last modified 27 February 1995.