Twenty-eighth session


WHO's Role in the Development and Coordination of Biomedical Research: Greater Involvement of the Regions in Research

         The Regional Committee,

         Having considered the Regional Director's progress report on the greater involvement of the Western Pacific Region in the development and coordination of biomedical research, *

  1. THANKS the Regional Director for his report;
  2. NOTES with satisfaction:
    (1) that a medical officer for research promotion and development has been appointed in the Regional Office;
    (2) the activities of the task forces of the Regional Advisory Committee on Medical Research;
    (3) the inclusion of research promotion and development as one of the priority areas in the Sixth General Programme of Work covering a specific period (1978-83);
    (4) the background data and information provided on the objectives, approaches and strategies for promotion and development of a research programme in the Region;
    (5) the efforts made by the Regional Director to secure extra budgetary funds for promotion and development of research in the Region;

             Realizing that implementation depends on the availability of additional funds;

  3. ENDORSES the recommendations of the Regional Advisory Committee on Medical Research which include:
    (1) a plan to strengthen the Institute for Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
    (2) establishment of a regional multidisciplinary research programme on schistosomiasis;
    (3) organization in 1978 of a workshop on health services research and a training course on the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases;
  4. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to take the necessary steps, as far as funds become available, to implement the above-mentioned recommendations;
    (2) to continue approaching Member States, foundations and voluntary agencies for contributions to help in financing research promotion and development activities;
    (3) to report to the Regional Committee at its next session on the progress made;
  5. AUTHORIZES the Regional Director, should voluntary funds be forthcoming, to allocate them to research activities as he considers appropriate after obtaining the concurrence of the Regional Advisory Committee on Medical Research, reporting on their use to the subsequent session of the Regional Committee;
  6. REQUESTS Member States and voluntary agencies to make funds and other forms of cooperation available for research activities in the Region.

* WPR/RC28/9 and Corr.1

12 September 1977

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