Biennial collaborative agreement (BCA) between WHO/Europe and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for 2016–2017

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.

The general aim of the BCA for 2016–2017 is to support the country in engaging all technical capacities, relevant sectors and civil society in a policy dialogue to implement the national health plan and its associated action plans until 2020, and to promote universal health coverage while taking into consideration the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals. The key drivers of the work plan agenda include building knowledge and shaping a people-centred, environmentally friendly vision that encompasses the social determinants of health, gender and human rights.

The Office implements the BCA in close collaboration with national institutions and international partner agencies. The priorities for 2016–2017 lie within the programme categories of prevention and control of communicable and noncommunicable diseases; promotion of health through a life-course approach; health systems strengthening; integration of people-centred health services; preparedness, surveillance and response; and emergency risk and crisis management.