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World Health Organisation: WHO Educational Initiatives

World Health Organisation (WHO), a global health organization and a wing of the United Nations Organisation, is responsible for directing and coordinating health activities. WHO came into force on 7th April 1948, which is celebrated as World Health Day.

WHO via its educational programs seeks to mobilize and strengthen education activities at the local, national, regional and global levels to change the educational, social, economic and political conditions of the people. The WHO Fellowship Programme has been among the initial programmes created since the founding of WHO in 1948. The WHO Fellowship Programme is a collaboration between WHO member states to share knowledge of health practices and develop health professionals. More than 1000 fellows per year are benefited and approximately 1,20,000 fellows have been  trained under this programme. WHO is considered to be the biggest single fellowship provider within the United Nations System. WHO is also funding research programmes related to health topics. Some of the fellowships and educational programs are listed below:

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Undergraduate and graduate funding opportunities in Japan for International Students: This scholarship is to help international students from the Asian countries to pursue their undergraduate and master’s programs by granting them a scholarship to study in Japan. In this way they can fulfil their dreams to study at Universities of Japan and in this way the program also strengthn mutual friendship between Asian countries and to cultivate the human resource.

UNESCO Fellowship Programme for Developing Countries    

This scholarship is for the young researchers who have completed their master’s degree and wishing to pursue research work abroad. This is funded under the Japanese Funds-in-Trust, in the following areas: Environment (with particular attention to Water Science); Intercultural Dialogue; Information and Communication Technologies and Peaceful conflict resolution.

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Fellowships

A PAHO/WHO Fellowship is a specially tailored training activity for the purpose of fulfilling specific learning objectives. It may be of short or long duration, and takes place in a training institution or in the field inside or outside of the Fellow’s country. It is awarded in response to nationally approved health or health-related priorities.

WHO Regional Office for Africa – Health Sciences Education Systems including Medical Education

In this programme WHO helps its supporting countries to strengthen national education systems including schools and universities and support the development of all types of health workers by evaluating training programs, reforming of health sciences training programmes and supporting networking and tuning of training institutions etc.

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) Fellowships

The WHO EMRO fellowship programme support Member States to upgrade the production of health personnel to overcome critical challenges in human resources for health. It provides training for individuals and groups in the fulfilment of specific learning objectives, corresponding to approved health and health-related plans, policies and priorities. Such training may be of short or long duration and may take place in an appropriate training institution or the field inside or outside the fellow’s home country.

WHO Global School Health Initiative

WHO’s Global School Health work to strengthen health promotion and education activities at the national and international level. The program is designed to improve the health of students, school personnel, families and other members of the community through schools. Their goal is to increase the number of “Health-Promoting Schools” which helps in promoting the healthy setting for living, learning and working.

WHO Internship Programme

WHO Internship Programme offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight in the technical and administrative programmes of WHO. The duration of WHO internships is between six weeks to three months. Exceptionally, internships may be extended up to a maximum of 24 weeks depending on your degree requirements.

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