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WHO is an often ignored, major area of success for the United Nations.  

bulletThe most spectacular success is probably the eradication of smallpox, worldwide.  
bullet Polio is almost eradicated.
bulletWHO operate the world wide alert system when infectious disease is detected

They have an excellent report, with a wealth of statistics and graphs available under the title, Removing Obstacles to Healthy Development. A 1.5mb file is available to download at the link (it is a very well structure document with hyperlinks direct from all the tables to the relevant sections)

The page below is a copy of the page listing the WHO initiatives.  Note especially campaigns such as roll back Malaria.  For more information, get the report

WHO also run a program focussed on Tropical Disease, TDR

TDR Mission

The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is an independent global programme of scientific collaboration. Established in 1975 and co-sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), it aims to help combat 10 major tropical diseases.

blueball2.gif (882 bytes) Research & Development: to develop safe, acceptable and affordable methods of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and control of TDR's target diseases

blueball2.gif (882 bytes) Training & Strengthening: to strengthen the capability of developing disease-endemic countries to undertake the research required to develop new disease control technologies

TDR's Diseases

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INDEX OF WHO INITIATIVES - from the WHO report, Removing Obstacles to Healthy Development 

The World Health Organization

Combating childhood deaths

Rolling back malaria

Stopping TB

Towards a polio-free world

Partnerships for long-term goals .

Value for money .

Packages of care .

Effective research .

Global alert and response .

First-line defence against flu .

Detecting and containing resistance .

Hi-tech disease mapping .

Providing finance for malarial drugs .

Setting disease priorities .

World Health Organization 1999

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