Bridging the past, towards a new era of collaboration

News release

China Health Minister Chen Zhu and WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr Shin Young-soo during the launch of the China-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) 2013-2015, 26 February 2013.

The Ministry of Health of China and the World Health Organization (WHO) today launched the China-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) 2013-2015. This Strategy outlines a medium-term framework for cooperation between the Government of China and WHO to improve the health and well-being of China's people.

"The joint signing of the Strategy represents the strengthening of this important partnership as well as the shared commitment to advance health outcomes in the country," said Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.

In response to China's rapidly changing social, economic, and health context, and to bring the CCS time frame into conformity with China’s Twelfth Five-Year Plan for Health Development and the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the China-WHO CCS (2013–2015) presents a common vision on a strategic agenda for collaboration in the coming three years.

The China-WHO CCS (2013-2015) has four strategic priorities for collaboration:

  • Strengthen health systems towards universal health coverage;
  • Reduce morbidity and mortality from major diseases of public health importance and from risks to health and health security;
  • Reduce inequities in health in the western region of China through sub-national public health action; and
  • Contribute to strengthening global health through supporting the collaboration of China in the global health arena.

The CCS agenda was identified through a consultative process involving WHO, the Ministry of Health and other government agencies, UN agencies, and other multilateral, bilateral and nongovernmental health partners.

"The collaboration seeks to ensure that all Chinese citizens, especially the most disadvantaged and those living in rural and remote areas, have access to essential health care," said Dr Michael O'Leary, WHO Representative in China.

The Ministry of Health of China stated that the cooperation between China and WHO has shown new features that will bridge the past and the future. The cooperation between China and WHO aims to reduce the disparities in public health service across regions, with support focused on the underdeveloped areas in western China. With the support of WHO, China will be more engaged in global health arena and contribute to the global health development. WHO's cooperation with the health sector will be closely linked to that with the non-health sector.

China, as one of the BRICS countries, is playing an increasingly important role in global health. This CCS also illustrates how effectively China is establishing bridges among nations. China has accumulated rich experience in health development, and with it, the potential of cooperating more effectively on health with other developing countries.

"For many decades, cooperation between WHO and China has been mutually beneficial. This CCS now establishes a bridge between the past and the future, to ensure the continuation of this positive relationship, towards a new era of collaboration." Dr O'Leary concluded.

In January 2013, WHO China office also launched a new bilingual (English and Chinese) website to provide the latest information on the work of WHO in China. More information can be found at

For more information, please contact

Helen Yu
Communications Officer, WHO in China
Tel: +86 10 65327191