Portugal develops country cooperation strategy

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Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe visited Portugal on 27 June 2014

Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, visited Portugal on 27 June 2014 to take part in the national health forum held in Lisbon.

In her presentation, the Regional Director talked about Portugal’s National Health Plan 2012–2016 and encouraged Dr Paulo Macedo, Minister of Health, to extend the Plan to 2020, in line with European health policy framework, Health 2020. She also underlined the importance of gathering broad parliamentary support, implementing the policy through a whole-of-government approach and developing a roadmap for implementation that engages other sectors such as health institutions, service providers and civil society. The Regional Director encouraged dialogue with other WHO Member States to maintain momentum in implementing change.

Country cooperation strategy for Portugal

In addition to the biennial collaborative agreement (BCA) signed by WHO/Europe and Portugal in May 2014, the meeting in June provided an opportunity for further discussions on developing a country cooperation strategy (CCS). This is a medium-term, comprehensive reference for all WHO’s work with a specific country, in accordance with Health 2020, which guides planning, budgeting, allocating resources and working in partnerships.

WHO/Europe will work with the Ministry of Health to develop a draft CCS, which will be discussed with relevant institutions at a meeting for stakeholders in Portugal later in the year.

2 countries in the WHO European Region – Switzerland and the Russian Federation – have already signed CCSs with WHO.