Thirty-fourth session


Development of Health Research

         The Regional Committee,

         Having considered the report of the Regional Director on the development of health research;*

  1. NOTES with satisfaction:
    (1) the progress made in the strengthening of national research capability, particularly in developing Member States;
    (2) the improved responsiveness of regional research programme planning to changing needs in the Region such as for research in diarrhoeal diseases, acute respiratory infections, hepatitis B virus infections, psychosocial factors in health promotion and disease prevention, and for health systems research;
  2. ENDORSES the recommendations of the Western Pacific Advisory Committee on Medical Research at its eighth session, as described in the Regional Director's report;
  3. URGES Member States:
    (1) to include a behavioural research component in programmes supported by national health research councils or other analogous bodies, to strengthen the behavioural component in curricula and in the training of various categories of health personnel, and to increase the involvement of behavioural and social scientists in health research and in the formulation of health policy;
    (2) to continue to aim at the integration of biomedical, behavioural and health systems research and to undertake relevant activities in a balanced way in order to relate health research more effectively to the solution of priority problems;
  4. REQUESTS the Regional Director to continue to implement the recommendations of the Western Pacific Advisory Committee on Medical Research.

* WPR/RC34/10

09 September 1983

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