WHO Programs

The WHO provides preventive health and improvement of nutritional status through programs that address:

  1. Health education
  2. Food, food safety, and nutrition
  3. Safe water and basic sanitation
  4. Immunizations
  5. Prevention and control of local endemic diseases
  6. Treatment of common diseases and injuries
  7. Provision of essential drugs.

Special programs include the Applied Nutrition Program, which began in 1960 and attempts to improve the nutritional health of people worldwide. Strategic action plans have been developed to promote breastfeeding, support production of foods that improve local diets, distribute supplementary foods, and provide health education. These plans include multiple factors that address the specific needs of each region. The targets of action to accomplish the plans are nutritonal education, safe diets, and healthy choices for living.

Food safety is another major focus of WHO special programs. Through the Food Safety Program, contaminants of water and food are identified, with efforts targeted at providing clean sources of food and/or water. Environmental health centers serve as the clearinghouse for activities to support

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