Czech Republic and WHO/Europe sign new biennial collaborative agreement


The WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab and Czech Minister of Health, Mr Adam Vojtěch signed a biennial collaborative agreement (BCA) between WHO/Europe and the Czech Republic for 2018–2019 during the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA) on 21 April 2018. It aims to provide a practical framework for collaboration in line with national health priorities and WHO capacities.

A framework to improve health and well-being

The BCA constitutes a practical framework for collaboration, which has been drawn up in a process of successive consultations between national health authorities and the WHO/Europe Secretariat. The collaboration programme is based on country-specific needs and WHO regional and global initiatives and perspectives. It aims to facilitate the strategic orientation of collaboration and to serve as a basis for focusing collaboration on a select number of priority outcomes and outputs deemed feasible to achieve and essential to improving the health situation, and to which WHO can make a unique contribution.

The key priorities identified as part of this BCA include:

  • noncommunicable diseases
  • healthy ageing
  • children and adolescent health
  • environmental health
  • national eHealth strategy.

The BCA reflects WHO/Europe’s vision, Better Health for Europe, as well as the concepts, principles and values underpinning Health 2020, the European Region policy framework for health and well-being. This BCA has also identified the related key Sustainable Development Goals targets and indicators. On a national level, it supports the realization of the Strategic Framework Czech Republic 2030, and of Health 2020: National Strategy for Health Protection and Promotion and Disease Prevention, and its related action plans.