WHO Country Office

The role of a WHO 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, Russian Federation was established in December 1998 in Moscow to fulfil, in consultation with the Russian authorities, the following tasks.

  • To consolidate WHO’s presence in the Russian Federation
  • To coordinate health sector assistance based on WHO’s technical capacity
  • To assist the Russian health authorities in activities against tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and give support for structural issues linked to essential drugs
  • To represent WHO at high-level meetings
  • To advise the United Nations and other organizations, donor governments and financial institutions on the delivery of humanitarian and other health-related assistance
  • To facilitate the formulation of plans for cooperation between WHO and the Russian Federation

The Office is the focal point for WHO activities in the Russian Federation. The country team consists of 14 people, including experts on:

  • TB control
  • family and community health
  • vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization
  • tobacco control
  • road safety
  • International Health Regulations

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.