Book ID: CBB707811990

The World Health Organization: A History (2019)


Cueto, Marcos (Author)
Brown, Theodore M. (Author)
Fee, Elizabeth (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 388
Language: English

According to its Constitution, the mission of the World Health Organization (WHO) was nothing less than the 'attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health' without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic status, or social condition. But how consistently and how well has the WHO pursued this mission since 1946? This comprehensive and engaging new history explores these questions by looking at its origins and its institutional antecedents, while also considering its contemporary and future roles. It examines how the WHO was shaped by the particular environments of the postwar period and the Cold War, the relative influence of the US and other approaches to healthcare, and its place alongside sometimes competing international bodies such as UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Gates Foundation. The authors re-evaluate the relative success and failure of critical WHO campaigns, from early malaria and smallpox eradication programs to struggles with Ebola today.

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Authors & Contributors
Cueto, Marcos
Bhattacharya, Sanjoy
Hoyt, Kendall
Nguyen, Vinh-Kim
Menicucci, Telma Maria Gonçalves
Lee, S. H.
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Medical History
Korean Journal of Medical History
Journal of Global History
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Harvard University Press
Duke University Press
University of California, Davis
Boydell & Brewer
Manchester University Press
Public health
Medicine and society
Health care
Medicine and government
Medicine and politics
Clinton, Bill
Salk, Jonas Edward
McNamara, Robert Strange
Foege, William H.
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
Latin America
United States
West Africa
Sierra Leone
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Bank
United Nations
Rockefeller Foundation
Centers for Disease Control (U.S.)

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