WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe)

Bureau régional de l'OMS pour l'Europe
WHO-Regionalbüro für Europa

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1951, as part of World Health Organization (WHO). Previously also known as OMS Bureau régional de l'Europe -- OMS Oficina Regional para Europa -- WGO Regionalbüro für Europa -- VOZ Evropejskoe Regionalnoe Bjuro. Previously known under the acronym WHO/EURO.


Support Member States in developing and sustaining their own health policies, health systems and public health programmes, working to prevent and overcome threats to health, anticipating future challenges and advocating public health.

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Regional targets were developed in 1984 and updated in 1991 and 1998. Progress in achieving the goals of the health policy and targets for region is evaluated regularly. Country strategy for 2005-2009 focuses on strengthening health systems: all the organizations, institutions and resources that are devoted to producing action principally aimed at improving, maintaining or restoring health. Programmes on: country policies, systems and services; health intelligence; communicable and noncommunicable diseases; family and community health; investment in health; health environment.

Work includes helping countries adapt and implement at local level the agreements, strategies and frameworks developed for global use. These deal with the full spectrum of global health problems: from NCDs to communicable diseases, such as HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis, to improving mental health to transport policies. The Regional Office's role as assistant and coordinator at the local level is increasingly vital in helping countries meet their global commitments. Organizes and contributes to several policy events and technical trainings in the field.


 • European Centre for Health Policy (ECHP);

 • WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development, Venice;

 • WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening.

Organizes Conferences on Environment and Health in connection with: European Charter on Environment and Health. Provides secretariat for WHO's overall Regions for Health Network (RHN).

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through the comprehensive and rigorous analysis of health care systems in the European region.


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Relations with 7 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 8 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 53 countries
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Subjects *

  • Health Care
    • Health
    • WHO Bodies

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being



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