As WHO turns 75, let’s prescribe science, solutions and solidarity for our future health
Turning history’s page on its deadliest conflict, countries came together in 1948 to heal a bloodied world. Following years of war, distrust and pain, nations elevated the physical and mental well-being of people to a new level, forging a global pact and purpose to safeguard and advance health for all.
Lofty sentiment transformed into practical reality 75 years ago with the entry into force of the Constitution of the World Health Organization, and WHO’s founding as the specialized United Nations agency dedicated to promoting human health. WHO was given a unique mandate to advance the well-being of all people, and unique ability to convene all governments and partners at the same table.
Fast forward to today, as WHO celebrates its 75th anniversary year from World Health Day on 7 April, this mandate and convening ability remains as vital as ever. At the same time, the world needs a renewal of this commitment to put the health of all people first, from our grandparents to our children born today and in the future.