Health, Wellbeing, General Welfare and Happiness
Preamble to US Constitution 

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”

WHO Description of Health and Well Being 

WHO remains firmly committed to the principles set out in the preamble to the Constitution

  • 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.
     

  • The health of all peoples is fundamental to the attainment of peace and security and is dependent on the fullest co-operation of individuals and States.
     

  • The achievement of any State in the promotion and protection of health is of value to all.
     

  • Unequal development in different countries in the promotion of health and control of diseases, especially communicable disease, is a common danger.
     

  • Healthy development of the child is of basic importance; the ability to live harmoniously in a changing total environment is essential to such development.

  • The extension to all peoples of the benefits of medical, psychological and related knowledge is essential to the fullest attainment of health.
     

  • Informed opinion and active co-operation on the part of the public are of the utmost importance in the improvement of the health of the people.
     

  • Governments have a responsibility for the health of their peoples which can be fulfilled only by the provision of adequate health and social measures.


     

Constitution of the World Health Organization

The Constitution was adopted by the International Health Conference held in New York from 19 June to 22 July 1946, signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States and entered into force on 7 April 1948. Later amendments are incorporated into this text.

Basic founding documents