WHO Country Office


Staff of the WHO Country Office in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director (third from left) and Dr Srdan Matic, WHO Coordinator for Environment and Health (third from right), 18 November 2014 in Skopje.

The role of a WHO country office is to respond to requests from the host country to support policy-making for sustainable health development using a holistic health system approach. This includes providing guidance, building 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, North Macedonia was established in January 1996 in Skopje to support the national health system with sound technical advice and expertise. The Office is the focal point for WHO activities in the country. Its team consists of 4 people working in the areas of health systems strengthening and public health, administration and logistics.

Priorities for joint work at the country level are set out in the biennial collaborative agreement (BCA) between WHO/Europe and the Ministry of Health. The BCA for 2016–2017 aligns with WHO’s Twelfth General Programme of Work for 2014–2019, which establishes priorities for WHO’s work and an overall direction for the 6-year period. As such, it reflects the 3 main areas of WHO reform: programmes and priorities, governance, and management.