Constitution of the World Health Organization


Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.

Article 1 The objective of the World Health Organization (hereinafter called the Organization) shall be the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health

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See also WHO guidance and recommendations on needle and syringe programmes and opioid substitution therapy.

See also UNODC/UNAIDS/WHO core package of harm reduction interventions relating to HIV and injecting drug use

  • Human rights