Human Genomics in Global Health

Human Genetics: achievements

Over the last few years Human Genetics has

  • Created global and regional networks of experts, including representation from academic institutions, clinicians, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Supported and further developed activities on the prevention and control of thalassemia, congenital malformations, cystic fibrosis and haemophilia in various countries.
  • Facilitated discussions on genetic approaches for the control of common diseases like cancer, diabetes and asthma.
  • Supported significant capacity building in several developing countries that have declared prevention and management of genetic disorders amongst their health priorities.
  • Initiated the development of normative and regulatory guidance, especially in developing countries.
  • Pioneered the establishing an extensive research database for selected topics in genomics and a range of ethical, legal and social issues.
  • Created a global network on ethical, legal and social implications of genomics.
  • Produced and disseminated WHO publications regarding general principles for implementing national programmes for the control of genetic diseases to WHO Member States.