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Keeping countries at the centre – Strengthening country support in the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

This is an external assessment of how the World Health Organization can improve its support of country offices, its efforts to improve health outcomes for individuals, families, communities and Member States in the Western Pacific Region. This work was requested by the Regional Director as a follow-up to a specific recommendation to evaluate the Regional Office’s ability to provide effective support to the country offices.

Keeping countries at the centre – Assessment of WHO’s performance of its roles and functions in the Pacific

The Division of Pacific Technical Support (DPS) represents an innovative approach WHO has taken to assist Pacific island countries and areas achieve improved health outcomes. This assessment has found that DPS has very quickly made progress in bringing a Pacific island focus to the work of WHO.

Lessons learnt from three Mekong countries in implementing policies for the delivery of health services

Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Viet Nam have achieved remarkable economic growth and social development over the last few decades. The health status of people in these countries has also improved to a large extent since 1980s. And while economic performance indicators, such as gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, are similar, these countries have had significantly different health sector input and outcomes.

This study reveals the challenges in not only developing health policies at the national level, but also implementing these policies at the subnational level.

Placing Countries at the Centre: A report on a fresh approach to assessing WHO country performance in the Western Pacific Region

Enhancing performance at the country level has been one of the top priorities of the reform agenda in the Western Pacific Region. In order to provide a critical assessment and comprehensive analysis of WHO operations in the Western Pacific Region and ensure that innovative solutions can be identified, a review process was initiated across the Region.

This report details the assessment’s methodology and findings in three countries, as well as the areas identified for action.

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Lessons learnt from three Mekong countries in implementing policies for the delivery of health services