The role of a WHO/Europe country office is to respond to requests from the host country to support policy-making for sustainable health development, taking a holistic health-system approach. This includes providing guidance, building up local relationships to implement technical cooperation, making standards and agreements, and ensuring that public health measures are coordinated and in place during crises.
The WHO Country Office, Turkmenistan was established in November 1995 in Ashgabat to assist the Government to develop its health policy, health system and public health programmes addressing the main health needs of the country through the WHO strategy “Matching Services to Needs”. Considerable effort is made to work on the redesign of the content and organization of the stewardship, financing, resource generation and service delivery functions. The Office is the focal point for WHO activities in Turkmenistan. The country team consists of four people.
The priorities for the Country Office are set out in the biennial collaborative agreement between WHO/Europe and the host country. The Office implements the agreement in close collaboration with national institutions and international partner agencies