Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Write a short note on WHO. ​Also discuss what are seen as its major successes and failures?

Topic : Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

5. Write a short note on WHO. ​Also discuss what are seen as its major successes and failures? (250 words)

Reference: Economic Times 

Why the question:

The article brings to us detailed narration of the working of WHO as a global health organisation and its major successes and failures of the recent past.

Key Demand of the question:

The question is straightforward; one must write a short note on WHO and bring out its major successes and failures.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Explain briefly the background of WHO.

Body:

The WHO is an agency of the United Nations set up in 1948 to improve health globally. 

Its primary aim is “to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable”. It has no power to impose health policies on national governments, but acts as an adviser and offers guidance on best practice in disease prevention and health improvement. It has three main strands of work: aiming for universal health coverage in every country, preventing and responding to acute emergencies, promoting health and wellbeing for all.

Discuss its constitution; explain its mode of working.

List down its major successes and failures. Present case study on recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.