The Western Area Health Initiative is the first comprehensive initiative by the Ministry of Health and WHO to have a dedicated focus on western China. The Ministry of Health has selected Shaanxi, Guangxi and Chongqing as the pilot regions for the Initiative, which will be implemented from 2012 to 2015. The Western Area Health Initiative aims to improve the health of the people in the three provinces, leading to longer life expectancy and a better quality of life.
On 18 July 2012, the Western Area Health Initiative was officially launched in Beijing.
This formal launch, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding among Ministry of Health, high-level representatives from the three target regions of Shaanxi Province, Chongqing Municipality, and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and WHO, represents a major step in WHO’s work and relationship with China.