The Western Area Health Initiative

The Western Area Health Initiative (WAHI) is a comprehensive initiative by the National Health and Family Planning Committee (NHFPC) and World Health Organization (WHO) with a dedicated focus on Guangxi, Chongqing, and Shaanxi provinces in China. It aims to improve the health of the people in the three provinces, ultimately leading to longer life expectancy and a better quality of life.

WHO contributes to the work of the provincial governments of Guangxi, Chongqing and Shaanxi – supporting them to progress health care reform in support of universal health care, tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) especially through stronger prevention and primary care, and to promote strong government leadership and multi-sectoral efforts on health, including through the Healthy Cities platform.

Updates and features

WAHI has made solid progress in 2014. 16 projects have been implemented in the three provinces: including in the areas of healthcare reform, primary health care interventions on NCD prevention and control, healthy city forums in WAHI cities, and other activities covering maternal and child health, HIV/AIDs and traditional Chinese medicine, etc.

Throughout 2014-2015, WHO commenced a health promotion leadership program called ProLead – a series of capacity building workshops for health leaders of the three provinces, aiming to strengthen the leadership skills of multi-sectoral teams to address specific health issues. Another important training program - Global Health Learning Centre (GHLC) has also been provided by the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific.

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Contact information

World Health Organization China Representative Office
401 Dongwai Diplomatic Building,
23 Dongzhimenwai Dajie,
Chaoyang District,
Beijing 100600, PR China
Telephone: +86 10 6532-7189 / 90 / 91 / 92
Fax: +86 10 6532-2359