J Korean Med Sci.  2017 Mar;32(3):383-385. 10.3346/jkms.2017.32.3.383.

Publication of the Korea-WHO Cooperation History — 70 Years of Working Together for Heath: World Health Organization and the Republic of Korea

  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Division of Health Insurance Benefit, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Sejong, Korea.
  • 3Department of Epidemiology, Seoul National University School of Public Health, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CHA University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Global Health Research Center, Inje University Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul, Korea. dot960605@daum.net


The World Health Organization (WHO) have been in collaborative efforts with the Republic of Korea in keeping of and for better health for all for the past decades. From the control of parasites to building of community health system in rural places, the works has now resulted in healthier Korea than ever, and has transformed the role of engaging as the world leader in contribution of health and development. Seventy years of independence, war, and poverty, transforming from a recipient country of official development assistance to a significant donor to the global society, we have emphasized the importance of international cooperation and the role of WHO in the past years in Korea and neighboring countries. Looking back of the past is meaningful to diagnose the present problems, and to foresee the future of our world.


WHO; Republic of Korea; Public Health; History

MeSH Terms

Community Health Planning
Global Health*
International Cooperation
Public Health
Republic of Korea*
Tissue Donors
World Health Organization*


1. World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Western Pacific. 70 Years Working Together for Health: The World Health Organization and the Republic of Korea. Geneva: WHO Press;2016.
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