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The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. 

WHO is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, 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.

People in more than 45 countries are currently experiencing emergencies as a result of natural disasters, economic crises, or conflict. The Health Action in Crises team works with Member States and other partners to minimize suffering and death in all crisis situations – whether they are highly publicized, such as the Tsunami in South Asia, or hidden and forgotten, such as the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

WHO works in countries to help national authorities and communities to prepare by strengthening overall capacity to manage all types of crises; to respond by ensuring effective and timely action to address public health priorities; to recover by ensuring that local health systems are functioning; and to mitigate against the effects of crises on public health.

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