Areas of work
The areas of WHO collaboration in the Republic of Maldives are guided by the strategic priorities and the main focus areas agreed upon in the WHO Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS). The WHO’s 2013-2017 CCS is based on the analysis of the country’s overall socio-economic, demographic, health status and service performance indicators, current national development priorities and aligns with partners’ collaborative efforts in health. The CCS is aligned with the national strategies and plans and harmonized with the United Nations’ agenda described in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2011-2015 for the Republic of Maldives. The WHO CCS 2013-2017 highlights the following four strategic priorities for WHO work:
- 1. Strengthening the health system towards universal coverage based on the primary health care approach.
- 3. Enhancing public health interventions at national and sub-national levels to sustain achievements in health-related UN millennium development goals and beyond.
These four strategic priorities constitute the main thrust of WHO work in the country, where WHO collaborates in technical, facilitating and brokering roles. However, other important collaborative programme areas are not being neglected. They include normative functions and addressing any emerging public health challenges.