The World Health Organization (WHO) is a global organization whose functions include providing epidemiological and statistical services, control, and eradication of communicable diseases. Besides, it has the role of classifying diseases and investigating the causes of deaths, where it updates the world health information system (World Health Organization, 2017). The organization has been very monumental in dealing with the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has dramatically affected the entire globe.
The World Health Organization has played an essential role in dealing with the pandemic. First, the organization has ensured the establishment and monitoring of the effects of Covid-19 while trying to establish a cure or a preventative measure for the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO), also, has the role of informing nations, governments, and people about the virus, how it is spread, and the measures that each party should undertake to prevent the disease from spreading (Dunlop, Howe, Li, & Allen, 2020). Additionally, it has the mandate of providing leadership on the issues related to the virus, where it engages with partnerships on developing the best solutions that could help in tackling the challenges resulting from the pandemic.
Another critical role of WHO involves the shaping of research agendas. It has experts and researchers who disseminate valuable knowledge and information, which is significant in acquiring solutions to cab the virus. The organization is also mandated with partnering with governments where it provides technical support to their specific health departments to make sure that they partner towards developing sustainable measures for dealing with the COVID-19 (Dunlop, Howe, Li, & Allen, 2020). The future agenda of the World Health Organization is to ensure monitoring of the health situation in the entire globe, to make sure that it understands the global pandemic, and that it ultimately develops a cure.
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