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Official Publications: World Health Organization (WHO)

A guide to the official publications collections held within the Cambridge University Libraries.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization, as part of the United Nations, was founded in 1948, evolving from the Health Organization of the League of Nations.

The first meeting had 61 members and by 2016 194 member states had signed up.

The WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable.

Their goal is to “ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion with better health and wellbeing.”


Most of the publications, data and statistics produced by the World Health Organisation are on the website.


Country statistical pages bring together the main health data and statistics for each country, as compiled by WHO and partners in close consultation with Member States, and include descriptive and analytical summaries of health indicators for major health topics.

Regions have their own pages too, which bring together the work, statistics, programmes and publications relevant to this group of countries.

Health Topic

Search by topic, since most diseases do not recognize geographical or political boundaries.

Emergency or Crises

Get the latest information on programmes tackling disease outbreaks, health clusters, and humanitarian crises.

Search tip

Rather than browsing the WHO site, use Google to find exactly what you need. For example, to find datasheets about malaria in Haiti from the WHO, search for:

Malaria Haiti filetype:xls

Go to Google's search help pages for more search commands.

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