Thirty-ninth session


Report of the Sub-Committee on Programmes and Technical Cooperation, Part I

         The Regional Committee,

         Having considered Part I of the report of the Sub-Committee on Programmes and Technical Cooperation on its visits to American Samoa, Japan, and Samoa;*

  1. TAKES NOTE of the findings and endorses the recommendations of the Sub-Committee in relation to WHO's collaboration in the areas of health information systems and health informatics, with particular regard to:
    (1) the need for Member States to develop a comprehensive national plan for health information system development;
    (2) the need for assuring the availability of reliable and accurate health statistics prior to the introduction of informatics technology;
    (3) the need to strengthen health information systems and health informatics in Member States through technology transfer and support for appropriate training;
  2. THANKS the Sub-Committee for its work;
  3. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to take the Sub-Committee's findings and recommendations into consideration in developing future programmes of cooperation in these fields;
    (2) to report to the Regional Committee at its fortieth session on the extent to which the Sub-Committee's recommendations are implemented;
  4. REQUESTS the Sub-Committee, as part of its terms of reference in 1989, to review and analyse the impact of WHO's cooperation with Member States in relation to the Expanded Programme on Immunization.

* WPR/RC39/6

15 September 1988

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