Twenty-ninth 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 increasing involvement of the Western Pacific Region in the development and coordination of biomedical and health services research;*

  1. THANKS the Regional Director for his report;
  2. NOTES with satisfaction:
    (1) the Regional Director's initiative in accelerating the flow of funds for research, which has made it possible to establish a substantial programme with a new multidisciplinary emphasis involving communication between scientists in the Region;
    (2) that all activities proposed at the second session of the Western Pacific Advisory Committee on Medical Research and endorsed by the Regional Committee have been implemented;
    (3) the increasing pace in decentralizing the activities of the global programme of research promotion and development;
    (4) the regionalization of the WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases which is proceeding satisfactorily;
    (5) the cooperation between the WHO Regional Offices for the Western Pacific and South-East Asia in implementing research activities;
    (6) the efforts being made to promote an interdisciplinary programme of research in diarrhoeal diseases;
  3. ENDORSES the recommendations of the Western Pacific Advisory Committee on Medical Research, made to the Regional Director at its third session, which include proposals to:
    (1) strengthen;
    (a) the Institute of Medical Research, Papua New Guinea by establishing a pneumonia and acute respiratory disease research unit; and
    (b) the virus laboratory and related laboratory facilities, Fiji;
    (2) seek further financial resources for research activities in filariasis including support for the Institute for Medical Research, Malaysia. to expand its efforts in that area;
    (3) support research in clonorchiasis and paragonimiasis;
    (4) develop training in the epidemiology of noncommunicable and communicable diseases;
    (5) establish a panel of experts in health services research to support research in the Region;
    (6) convene a working group composed of librarians from the larger medical libraries in the Region to start planning a library network to improve the supply of literature to research workers in developing countries;
    (7) promote a regional symposium on parasite immunology;
    (8) organize a meeting between the most appropriate individuals in Member States holding posts equivalent to that of director or leader of a national medical research council;
  4. REQUESTS the Regional Director to implement the above-mentioned recommendations;
  5. AUTHORIZES the Regional Director, should additional funds be forthcoming, to allocate them, with the concurrence of the Western Pacific Advisory Committee on Medical Research, to research activities which conform to the objectives of the regional programme, reporting on their use to the subsequent session of the Regional Committee;
  6. REQUESTS Member States to:
    (1) establish appropriate codes and regulatory mechanisms to ensure that medical research is conducted according to ethical principles;
    (2) provide career structures which permit research workers to devote their time fully to research and which attract young workers.

* WPR/RC29/11, Add.1 and Corr.1

24 August 1978

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