Thirty-second session

WPR/RC32.R13

The WHO Fellowship Programme

         The Regional Committee,

         Having reviewed the report presented by the Regional Director on the WHO fellowship programme;*

         Considering that the WHO fellowship programme has been satisfactorily utilized by Member States to support priority health programmes and to strengthen national training institutions;

         Noting that a number of recommendations, made by the representatives of Member States at the Conference on Regional Cooperation in the WHO Fellowship Programme in 1979 and endorsed by resolution WPR/RC30.R17, have been implemented;

         Recalling that the aforementioned resolution, WPR/RC30.R17, requested the Regional Director to continue evaluation of the fellowship programme, particularly of the utilization of former fellows on return to their home countries;

         Firmly believing that increased effectiveness of the fellowship programme will be achieved through its integration with other national health manpower planning processes;

  1. COMMENDS the activities carried out by the Regional Director to improve the fellowship programme;
  2. URGES Member States:
    (1) to consider the fellowship programme an integral part of the health manpower development process, linked with national health plans and health manpower policies, to meet the requirements of the health systems being evolved to realize the goal of health for all by the year 2000, and to formulate their requests accordingly;
    (2) to continue their efforts to accept as many fellows as possible, in recognition of the need for training within the Region;
  3. REQUESTS the Regional Director to continue to cooperate with Member States in implementing, evaluating and improving the fellowship programme.

* WPR/RC32/12

25 September 1981


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