West African Health Community (WAHC)

Communauté ouest africaine pour la santé

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Established, with the assistance of the Commonwealth Secretariat, by the Governments of Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone in cooperation with Commonwealth Secretariat.

In 1974 Liberia was admitted as full participating member and the title modified.

Present name adopted 25 Oct 1978, when member States signed a Treaty during Assembly of Health Ministers.

Superseded 7-9 Jul 1987, Abuja, on adoption and signing of a Protocol at 10th meeting of Authority of Heads of State and Government of Economic Community of West African States, establishing E-XE5978 - West African Health Organization (WAHO) as a merger of 2 existing health institutions in the sub-region, WAHC and H-XD3021 - Organisation de coordination et de coopération pour la lutte contre les grandes endémies (OCCGE). WAHO took over the activities of the component organizations when establishing protocol was ratified by parliaments of ECOWAS member states.


Facilitate coordination of inter-governmental activities and foster cooperation in the health and medical fields in order to achieve the highest possible standard and protection of health for the peoples of the Community; disseminate technical health information of interest to Member States.


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Assembly of Health Ministers (meeting annually) is Governing Council, appoints Executive Board of representatives of each Member State (2-year term), which meets twice a year and elects its own Chairman; Secretariat. Committees of the Board (3): Programmes; Finance; Appointments and Disciplinary. Liaison offices in Ministries of Health of member countries. Technical Units (3): General Services and Personnel; Conferences and Information; Protocol and Training.


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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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