WHO’s work with countries

WHO Country Focus Strategy

The WHO Country Focus Strategy outlines the Organization’s approach in countries and provides the framework to implementing the WHO reform agenda.

Its purpose is to better orient WHO’s support to countries and to improve organizational effectiveness, in light of evolving health challenges and a changing policy environment.

The WHO Country Focus Strategy highlights the role of country cooperation, and advances the 6 leadership priorities of the Twelfth General Programme of Work. There is also better definition and measurement of WHO’s contributions to national health priorities and outcomes.

The Country Focus Strategy is based around 3 pillars of action:

redefining how WHO does business at country level to improve support to Member States;

aligning the planning and resource allocation processes with the priorities for WHO cooperation at country level; and

addressing country-level human resources challenges.

A key element of the Country Focus Strategy is the Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS), which is used to align the priorities of WHO leadership with national health needs.

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