WHO Plans Reform to Better Respond to Member Country Needs

The World Health Organization is set to implement a comprehensive reform plan designed to make sure the group’s priorities and mission remain in line with changing global health needs, a senior WHO official has announced. 

The reform program includes changes in WHO’s management processes and its technical work, Dr. Shin Young-soo said at the annual meeting of organization’s WHO Western Pacific Regional Committee, which Shin heads.

Specifically, the reform program aims to enhance WHO’s country-level performance by focusing on what its partner countries need and on finding the most efficient and effective manner to address these needs.

“It means supporting [WHO] member states and partners to better understand the health problems faced in their country, particularly for those people living in the margins of society,” Shin said. “It means being able to provide advice on interventions in a way that can easily be transformed in robust national policies and plans.”

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