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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.

WHO country cooperation strategy regional analysis: review and recommendations for a better formulation and utilization of country cooperation strategies

The WHO Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) is a process resulting in a document that sets out a medium-term vision for the Organization’s technical cooperation with a given Member State, in support of the country’s National Health Policy, Strategy and Plan. It is the key instrument to guide WHO work in countries and the main instrument for harmonizing WHO cooperation in countries with that of other United Nations System agencies and development partners.

This document discusses the findings of the regional CCS analyses conducted in 2012 and proposed a number of recommendations to improve the process for developing future CCSs.

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