The World Health Organization
The World Health Organization is the division of the United Nations mandated to oversee alleviation of health conditions. This is carried out by implementing measures of disease control by prevention, reduction and treatment. This division was established on April 1948. The activities of this division are centered in the less developed countries where disease and mortality rates are equally high (World Health Organization, 2013). The goal is to encourage healthy living among the people. The effort of the division was seen in the efforts to eradicate the small pox disease (UN News Centre, 2010). The current goals of the organization are set at reducing the effects of the HIV AIDS. This disease is classified among other communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria.
HIV AIDS: the Human Immunodeffiency Virus commonly known as HIV AIDS is a sexually transmitted illness. This disease affects the human immune system. The condition affects or destroys the disease fighting mechanism of the body making it weak or prone to infections. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome is the most advanced stage of the disease (World Health Organization). The virus is transmitted through unprotected sex, but its effects can take up to 15 years to fully develop. Antiretroviral medication is used to reduce the effects of the disease, thereby, prolonging life. The objective of the World Health Organization concerning this disease is making people aware of its existence and how to avoid contracting it. Additionally, it helps those living with it by providing treatment at a reasonable price especially to the poor.
Researchers have tried their best to come up with the cure for Aids, but they are not even close. The WHO has, therefore, taken the matter into their hands. Initially, the antiretroviral drugs were so expensive such that the poor communities especially those in the developing world could not access them. Through partnership with other non-government organizations the WHO has been largely involved in missions across the globe. Among the many partners key interest shall be focused on the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation.
The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation
This is a brainchild of the Microsoft fame entrepreneur, Bill Gates. The foundation was founded in 1994. The foundation is considered the largest transparent private organization. It was founded by Bill Gates and his wife Melinda with an aim of extending philanthropic endeavors of the Bill family (Bill & Melinda Gates, 2013). The basic aim of the foundation is to improve healthcare globally and alleviate the living conditions of people around the world. Its main office is in Seattle Washington and is headed on a trustee agreement by Warren Buffet, Melinda and Bill Gates. Among its notable milestones is the establishment of an education division which was tasked with philanthropic matters regarding education. On that note, the founders also started a healthcare commission with a mission of transforming the health care system in the needy world. In the efforts, the foundation has partnered with other global partners to provide affordable healthcare especially medication (Bill & Melinda Gates, 2013).
Health care partnerships
The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has had a notable influence on healthcare on the global platform. Such influence has been forged through partnerships with other likeminded International Non-Governmental organizations who share the same ideals. On that note there has been some common activity between the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Among the many activities are the annual grants to the global health initiative which they have jointly sponsored with the World Health Organization. On its part alone the foundation has contributed more than $ 1.3 billion towards the combat of HIV AIDS.
World Health Organizations and Bill & Melinda gates foundation commitment towards a common goal
It is estimated that across the globe, around 33 million people are HIV positive. Consequently the AIDS epidemic has claimed roughly 30 million lives since its discovery in early 1980s. Through the partnerships, a lot of efforts have borne fruit since there is availability of treatment to the infected the thanks to the both outfits. According to the Global health Observatory (GHO), Sub-Saharan Africa remains the largely affected area with high numbers of people who are HIV positive (2013). In the report, almost every 1 person in a group of 20 is infected with the virus. This part of the world has been an area of interest for the two players because the area alone accounts for 69% of the worlds infected population (Global health Observatory, 2013). In this partnership, the bill and Melinda Gates foundation has been a strategic partner and a generous donor too. Through the private organization, the global initiative and offensive against the HIV AIDS virus has been able to acquire funds from other background players such as the US government (UNAIDS, 2013). So far in the partnership we can see that the role of the foundation is that of funding while the World Health Organization provides the mechanisms and structure through which other NGOS can tap into the resources. In a speech, the WHO through its UNAIDS division remarked that the global support to the Bill foundation has gone a long way in the fight against the disease.
The above passage indicates that through partnership of various Non-governmental organizations, it is possible to improve the quality of life (Health millions, 1991).
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The World Health Organization
The World Health Organization