Country Focus

CSU and Country Cooperation Strategies

The WHO Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) is a medium-term vision for technical cooperation with a given Member State, in support of the its national health policy, strategy or 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 agencies and development partners. The CCS time frame is flexible so that it can be aligned with national cycles and processes.

The CCS agenda is usually identified through a consultative process involving WHO, government agencies, UN agencies, and other health partners. It considers a country’s health challenges and needs, as well as existing programmes and future plans of the government and other partners. Therefore, it provides a coherent plan for WHO and other agencies to help a government achieve better health outcomes.

The WHO Western Pacific Region has shown its commitment to the CCS process, with Cambodia being one of the first countries to develop a CCS in 2001.

There are 10 CCSs or CCS analogues (equivalent documents) in the Region as of February 2013. Eight of them are country-specific CCSs, each covering a single country. The South Pacific CCS is a Multi-Country Cooperation Strategy covering countries and areas in the Pacific.

In Viet Nam, a coherent programme framework was developed by six UN agencies under the “One United Nations” pilot programme. The health component of “One Plan ” has replaced the CCS document. One Plan in Viet Nam is considered a CCS analogue.