The more than 190 WHO collaborating centres in 10 Member States in the Western Pacific Region are indispensable partners in advancing WHO technical work. WHO collaborating centres provide strategic support to the Organization to meet two main needs: implementing WHO’s mandated work and programme objectives, and developing and strengthening institutional capacity in countries and regions. In November 2014, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific successfully convened the First Regional Forum of WHO Collaborating Centres in the Western Pacific.

The Second Regional Forum was convened in November 2016, building on the gains of the first forum by building inter-professional approaches to collaboration and partnerships to help countries meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Helping countries to achieve the SDGs will be at the core of WHO work in the years to come. The inter-professional and multidisciplinary perspective promoted at the second forum will be an important step towards the achievement of the SDGs.

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Action on hepatitis in Mongolia

17 May 2018, ULAANBAATAR – In Mongolia, the leading cause of death is liver cancer. The country has one of the highest rates in the world, accounting for an estimated one in 10 deaths. Chronic hepatitis is a key risk factor in developing liver cancer. In support of the Government of Mongolia's Healthy Liver Programme and the national goal of eliminating hepatitis C by 2020, WHO and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis at the Doherty Institute are supporting strengthening of hepatitis diagnostics, surveillance and patient monitoring. This work in turn contributes to achieving the objectives of the WHO Regional Action Plan for Viral Hepatitis in the Western Pacific 2016–2020.