The World Health Organization (WHO) was established in 1948 and is composed of 193 Member States. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the organization’s main role is to provide expertise for health-related issues.
The WHO acts as an advisor on matters of public health as well as a research facility that collaborates with other UN related NGOs, such as MSF (Doctors without borders), agencies and prestigious medical research facilities. The current projects of this organization focus on a wide variety of health-related areas which include establishing research agendas of centers all around the world, preparing emergency capacities in developing and third world countries, preventing and treating contagious as well as non-infectious diseases and raising awareness about public health issues. Recently, the WHO has diverted some of its attention towards a significant problem in our society that needs to be solved on an urgent basis, that is, mental health issues. The World Health Organization is currently compiling detailed reports and studies on mental health issues and disorders more than ever before.