The Mission of the WHA shall be:
• To act as the directing and co-ordinating organization in the field of medicine;
• To be the worldwide, authoritative organ of the medical profession;
• To provide leadership on health matters, form the health research agenda, articulate norms and standards, evince evidence-based policy options, and monitor and assess health trends;
• To assist governments and national medical associations in jointly tackling health problems and improving the welfare of their citizens;
• To chart a successful course for health care delivery globally by articulating health guidelines and standards and helping nations address their public health issues;
• To study and evaluate all aspects of the medical health continuum, including the development of programs approved by the officers or members, to ensure an adequate continuing supply of well-qualified physicians to meet the needs of the public;
• To review and recommend policies for medical education, whereby the WHA may provide the highest educational service to both the public and the profession;
• To consider and recommend means by which the WHA may, on behalf of the public and the medical profession at-large, continue to provide information, leadership, and direction to the existing governmental and inter-governmental bodies dealing with medicine and medical education;
• To facilitate the cooperation of international and national medical societies and organizations globally;
• To consider and recommend the means and methods whereby physicians may be assisted in maintaining their professional competence and the development of means and criteria for recognition of such achievement;
• To annually issue a six-point agenda to improve public health worldwide and a report on key public health issues and statistics;
• To facilitate and act as the international conduit for the dissemination of knowledge in the field of medicine;
• To coordinate and centralize communication and interaction among individuals and organizations who share an interest in the field of medicine;
• To conduct international conferences relating to medicine;
• To encourage standards for the field of medicine, with emphasis on students, researchers, scientists, practitioners, and patients;
• To encourage the education of students and the continuing education of practitioners and patients;
• To cooperate with ministries of health to increase their capacities to deliver core public health functions.
• To support the work of governments at their individual national level;
• To establish and maintain effective collaboration with many partners, including United Nations agencies, governmental health administrations, donors, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector;
• Any provision herein to the contrary notwithstanding, the corporation shall be strictly limited in its power, purposes and activities to those powers, purposes and activities enumerated and permitted by Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States.
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