Establishment of the new Centre for Primary Health Care is closer: a roadmap for its opening discussed at the recent WHO mission to Kazakhstan

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Minister of Health, Kazakhstan set the road map towards opening the WHO Centre for Primary Health Care in 2014 with the WHO mission led by Dr Hans Kluge, Director Health Systems and Public Health

Final steps were taken towards the opening of the new WHO Centre for Primary Health Care (PHC) in Almaty during a recent WHO mission to Kazakhstan on 26-28 March 2014. The  mission aimed to agree with the Kazakh Government  on the last details for the operations of this centre of excellence in services delivery based on a primary health care approach.

The mission comprised Dr Imre Hollo, Director Administration and Finance, Dr Melita Vujnovic, WHO Representative to Kazakhstan, Mr Joris Auert, Legal Department, Ms Egle Granziera from the Legal Department of WHO Headquarters in Geneva and was led by Dr Hans Kluge,  Director of the WHO Europe's Division of Health Systems and Public Health in WHO/Europe.

The working meeting, hosted by the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan, included  also representatives of  all  relevant stakeholders, such as Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Economy, Justice and Customs Control.

Dr Salidat Kairbekova, the Minister of Health of Kazakhstan, had a  debriefing session, during which the parties negotiated next steps to be undertaken to operationalize the Centre.

Being an integral part of the Health Service Delivery Programme in the Division of Health Systems and Public Health in Copenhagen, the WHO Centre for PHC in Almaty will be stronly supported by the Kazakh Ministry of Health.

The  new Centre for PHC will serve as a hub for attracting and disseminating practices and actionable policy options and work closely with 53 Member States to support their respective health service delivery strengthening agendas.