WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It 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. In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defence against transnational threats. WHO Programme for the Prevention of Blindness. The WHO Programme for the Prevention of Blindness was created in 1978 following a resolution adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1975.

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