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Voices from the regions and country offices

Voices from country offices

WHO Reform began in early in 2011, but how has it made an impact at the country level? Our country offices are present in 151 countries, territories and areas, and are at the frontline of public health. Here are the perspectives from two WHO Country Representatives


“WHO’s reform is bringing credibility in Kazakhstan. The UN country team used to think WHO was rigid, non-responsive in the field. But this is changing fast. Aligning WHO with broader UN reforms has further energized the country team. People appreciate WHO’s bid to become more transparent, accountable, flexible and more responsive to country needs. “
Dr Melita Vujnovic, WHO Representative to Kazakhstan


“We are waiting for the reforms at country level. We hope it will clarify the kinds of resources – financial, human, and technical – we will have access to. We will have a better sense of their flow and this will definitely help us plan better. The reforms will also help WHO to have more focus at country level. We no longer want to spread ourselves thin with too little to invest. Some of my current programmes have less than USD 2000 for a biennium. With more focus, we will see more impact.”
Dr Usman Abdulmumini, WHO Representative to Eritrea


Comments from the regions

Drafts of 12th General Programme of Work and the Programme Budget 2014-15 were presented to the Regional Committee Meetings. Several areas of consensus emerged from the discussions. They encouraged greater focus with a shorter General Programme of Work; greater differentiation between the General Programme of Work and the Programme Budget; more clarity on how the headquarters, regional and country offices should contribute to the outputs; reduce the number of priorities, outcomes and outputs; and provide more specificity of the outputs and how they contribute to positive health impacts.

An overview of the discussions will be shared with Member States at the special session of the Programme, Budget and Administration Committee (PBAC) in December 2012.

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