New era of partnership between WHO and China

News release
22 March 2016

On 22 March 2016, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr Shin Young-soo and National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) Minister Li Bin launched the new WHO-China Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS). The CCS outlines the priorities for WHO’s work in China over the next 5 years.

“The CCS is the result of a consultative process involving the Government of China, WHO and major stakeholders. The strategy identifies priorities and approaches that will enable WHO to support China to strengthen the national health-care system and ensure that equitable, quality health services are delivered to the people. The strategy also aims to enrich China’s contribution to global health,” said Dr Shin and Minister Li.

The 6 strategic priorities for WHO Collaboration with China from 2016-2020 are as follows:

  • Strengthen health systems towards universal health coverage.
  • Reduce morbidity and mortality from major diseases and risks of public health importance.
  • Strengthen regulatory capacity in health services, food safety and health products and technologies.
  • Promote the Healthy Cities movement and the attainment of health in all policies.
  • Address the impact of the environment and climate change on health.
  • Enhance China’s contribution to global health.

“This strategy, or CCS, is especially important because it represents a new way of working together – and a new age of partnership between WHO and China. WHO’s relationship with China has grown. We now work together as partners to address some of the world's biggest health challenges — such as strengthening health systems towards universal health coverage or rolling back the global NCD epidemic. The recent Sustainable Development Goals have added even more topics to our long list of shared challenges for the future, such as healthy cities and climate change,” said Dr Shin.

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