WHO Country Office

WHO country offices represent the World Health Organization in its work to

  • support the development of policies and strategies in the health sector and those influencing health;
  • channel technical advice;
  • promote and develop partnerships;
  • promote the health dimension;
  • share information on health topics. 

The role of a WHO/Europe country office is also 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, Republic of Moldova, was established in 1995, in Chisinau, to provide continuous support to health authorities and partners in improving population health through evidence-based, sustainable public health and health care interventions as well as to advise on health in all policies. Over the years the Office has been the focal point for all WHO activities in the Republic of Moldova. In 2011 the WHO Country Office profile was upgraded. The Office is now under the leadership of a WHO Representative/Head of Country Office and is scaling up the level of activities to support national policy development.

The Country Office team consists of over ten persons: the WHO Representative/Head of Country Office, administrative and logistic support staff, as well as experts covering:

  • health systems and public health
  • public health services
  • maternal and child health
  • communicable diseases
  • noncommunicable diseases 
  • human resources for health
  • disaster preparedness and response.

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