World Health Organization as the main international actor in fight against COVID-19

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World Health Organization (WHO) was established 7 April 1948 – this is a date when we now every year celebrate as World Health Day. The objectives of this article are to analyze the role and influence of WHO in fight against COVID 19 virus: efectiveness of governance of WHO, how WHO memberstates overtakes WHO recomendations and what are the main problems for WHO to become even more efective as the main international actor in order to ensure the health of the inhabitants of our planet.   According to the preamble to the Constitution of WHO, the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition. Governments have a responsibility for the health of their peoples which can be fulfilled only by the provision of adequate health and social measures. the main stekholders of WHO are: Ministries of Health, government agencies, other government departments at the national level; and also influencers like health partnerships, foundations, intragovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, civil society, media, professional associations, and WHO collaborating centres. As You see the main steakholders are very different with different interests, so it is not so easy to adopt decisions to satisfy all interests. Comparative and analytical research methods are used for this paper. Recently the WHO has got a lot of critics in connection with COVID19, starting from US for failing to make necessary warnings in a timely manner, and for misleading information for countries on use of masks and also making “contradictory statements”. As United Nations agency, WHO can’t function without the goodwill of the governments; the governments must enlarge financing of the WHO. We need a multinational institution composed of medical professionals who manage public health in the world.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2021
EventRSU Research week 2021: Society. Health. Welfare - Rīga, Latvia
Duration: 24 Mar 202126 Mar 2021
Conference number: 8


ConferenceRSU Research week 2021: Society. Health. Welfare
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Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)


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