World Health Organization (WHO) is a special agency of the United Nations, consisting of 194 Member States, whose main function lies in solving the international health problems of the world's population. It was founded in 1948 with its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
Since the opening of the WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan in 1994, WHO has focused on: improving public health and addressing health inequities, health sector reform; and expanding access to quality health services.
WHO Country Offices represent WHO in:
- supporting development of policies and strategies in health sector and related health sectors;
- providing technical advice and capacity development;
- promoting and developing partnerships;
- promotion of health, as one of the dimensions of human life;
- exchange of information on health issues.
WHO corporate leadership priorities define the purpose and directions for work at all levels of the Organization. These are the areas of vital importance to WHO - key issues, which are priorities in its work, such as:
- ensuring universal health coverage;
- attaining health-related development goals;
- fight against Non-Communicable diseases, mental illness, violence, injuries and disability;
- identification and response to acute threats to public health in accordance with the International Health Regulations;
- expanding access to quality, safe, effective and affordable medical products;
- addressing social, economic and environmental areas, providing for improvement of health.
Kyrgyzstan is implementing WHO Strategies to attain Universal Health Coverage and strengthen health systems; enhancing the capacity of Public Health services; improving control over Communicable and Non- Communicable diseases.