World Health Organization

 supportive supervisory visit to SHANGIL TOBAYA , North Darfur to the health facility to monitor Heath services provision in the area

The World Health Organization (WHO) was established on the seventh of April 1948, a date that is now celebrated every year as World Health Day. WHO leads on global health, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.  Today, WHO operates in a complex and rapidly changing landscape, where public health actions have begun extending into other sectors that influence health opportunities and outcomes. To do this, WHO has over 7000 people working in 150 country offices, 6 regional offices and in its Geneva headquarters.



WHO’s primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.. The major areas of work include: disaster risk reduction and public health emergency responses including epidemics and emerging diseases;  integrated management of child health, adolescent health,  reproductive health and gender, nutrition, healthy lifestyle promotion, control of communicable and non- communicable diseases, mental health, school health, tobacco control, health systems Strengthening and coordination of tropical disease research.


WHO Presence in Sudan

WHO has been Sudan’s technical partner in all issues related to health and development since 1956, when Sudan became a member of the World Health Assembly. It began with one office in Khartoum but has since expanded to establish a presence in all the Darfur States, East Sudan, Blue Nile, South Kordofan, West Kordofan and White Nile.

The WHO Representative’s Office in Sudan supports the Government and health authorities at central and local level to strengthen health services, address public health issues and support and promote evidence for health.  
 The multidisciplinary WHO team includes physicians, public health and emergency specialists, scientists, social scientists and epidemiologists who provide appropriate technical support .on all health issues to the Sudanese government, in collaboration with different partners and stakeholders


WHO works with the Government  Of Sudan Through the Federal Ministry of Health and partners from different sectors to develop and implement multi-sectoral evidence-based public health policies, strategies and interventions to promote health throughout the life course, universal health coverage as a human right, and health security across Sudan and the region. This take an integrated, gender-sensitive, human rights-based approach, facilitating community empowerment and engagement for health improvement. The need  to address environmental risks and the social determinants of health are central to this approach.


As the lead global health agency, WHO works with many partners to support countries to achieve national health development goals in a coordinated manner. Partners  include United Nations agencies, humanitarian and development health organization and civil society organizations including youth Groups, donors, nongovernmental organizations, WHO collaborating centres and the private sector.