WHO Country Office

The role of a WHO/Europe country office is to respond to requests from the host country to support policy-making for sustainable health development, taking a holistic health-system approach. This includes providing guidance, building up local relationships to implement technical cooperation, making standards and agreements, and ensuring that public health measures are coordinated and in place during crises.

The WHO Country Office, Latvia was established in 1991 in Riga to serve as a direct link between the Government of Latvia, WHO/Europe, WHO headquarters and other WHO structures. The Office is the focal point for WHO activities in Latvia. The country team consists of two people. Since 1995, the Head of the Country office is Dr Aiga Rurane.

The priorities for the Country Office are set out in the biennial collaborative agreements between WHO/Europe and the host country. The Office implements the agreement in close collaboration with national institutions and international partner agencies.