oa South African Medical Journal - Developments in the World Health Organisation

Volume 23, Issue 29
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The 1946 International Health Conference in New York prepared a constitution for a World Health Organisation. The necessary ratifications by governments being forthcoming the Organisation came into being with the First World Health Assembly in Geneva in 1948. The Assembly prepared a programme for 1949 providing for general international epidemiological, statistical and standardisation services: educational services and 11 special programme including six subjects as first priorities. A regional organisation was outlined and agreements for co-operation with other international agencies prepared. The first Executive Board was elected with the gratifying inclusion of South Africa.

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