WHO’s work with countries

WHO Country Cooperation Strategies

The Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) is a document to guide WHO’s work in countries. CCS is a medium-term vision for WHO’s technical cooperation with a given Member State, and supports the country's national health policy, strategy or plan. The CCS time frame is flexible to align with national cycles and processes. It is the basis for aligning WHO’s collaboration with other United Nations bodies and development partners at the country level.

The 2016 CCS Framework engages all levels of the Organization to make the CCS a whole-of-organization process.

CCS informs the WHO bottom-up planning process – based on country needs – for the formulation of the biennial programme budgets at country level. It provides an in-depth analysis of the 6 leadership priorities of the Twelfth General Programme of Work in each country, in light of their national health policies, strategies and plans.

The CCS then identifies the country needs, gaps and WHO’s areas of strategic collaboration in a particular country - this is known as the CCS Strategic Agenda.

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A national health policy, plan or strategy guides the country’s actions to achieve specific health goals in a society. The CCS is the result of the interface between the 6 WHO leadership priorities and the national health policy.