7 things to know about World Health Organization

World Health Organization's overall mission is to fight diseases plaguing citizens spanning the globe.

Here are seven things to know about WHO:

1. The organization collaborates with governments and associations to ensure all people have access to healthcare.

2. WHO has offices in more than150 countries.

3. The organization employs more than 7,000 people.

4. WHO's origins date back to April 7, 1948, which now marks World Health Day.

5. The organization celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2008. That year, WHO held various events to educate the globe on public health issues.

6. This year, WHO defined eight main components for infection prevention programs. One guideline stated every acute healthcare facility should institute infection prevention programs. Staff should be dedicated to combating hospital-acquired infections and antibiotic resistance.

7. WHO named Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the new director general in 2017. An Ethiopian native, Dr. Tedros is the first African to lead the organization.

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