Eleventh session


Annual Report of the Regional Director

         The Regional Committee,

         Having reviewed the Annual Report of the Regional Director on the work of WHO in the Western Pacific Region during the period 1 July 1959 to 30 June 1960,

  1. EMPHASIZES the importance of:
    (1) studying the socio-economic conditions and potential resources of the countries concerned as a basis for the planning and establishment of public health programmes on a long-term basis;
    (2) the co-ordination of health programmes with national economic development programmes;
    (3) the development of vital and health statistics, particular attention being made to the adaptation of such services in accordance with the development of the country or territory concerned;
    (4) good planning in the development of hospitals so that the number of beds is commensurate with the population to be covered;
    (5) integration being part of the planning of all health programmes;
    (6) the development of nutrition programmes;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to assist governments to carry out more extensive studies to determine the social and economic factors leading to nutrition problems and to distribute to governments material collected on measurements relative to nutrition in people living in countries with similar problems;
    (2)  to increase the number of educational inter-country programmes which have been found to have been of considerable benefit to and to have had influence on the development of national programmes;
    (3)       to provide to interested governments information on pilot projects for the supply of piped water to rural and island communities;
  3. NOTES with satisfaction the evaluation of completed projects and the fact that the public health administrators concerned are continuing the activities;
  4. CONGRATULATES the Regional Director and his staff on the preparation of a comprehensive and detailed report;
  5. ADOPTS unanimously the report.

16 August 1960

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