Forty-third session


Quality Assurance in Health Services

         The Regional Committee,

         Having reviewed the Regional Director's report on quality assurance;*

         Welcoming the efforts already being made by Member States to raise the quality of their health services in order to maximize their impact;

         Recognizing the importance of quality assurance in dealing with issues of financing health services and providing such services on an equitable basis;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to incorporate quality assurance in their policies and strategies for achieving health for all;
    (2) to provide opportunities for health workers to develop skills in implementing quality assurance techniques;
    (3) to share information on their experience in quality assurance in overall health development and in specific service areas;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to cooperate with Member States in devising policies and programmes that promote quality of care as a central value in public health action;
    (2) to provide the technical support required for countries to ensure that quality of care is considered when they deal with issues of equity and financing in health services;
    (3) to support the training of health personnel in the methods and techniques of quality assurance;
    (4) to facilitate the exchange of information among Member States on their experience in implementing quality assurance programmes.
    (5) to report to the Regional Committee in 1994 on the progress of quality assurance in health services in die Western Pacific Region.

* WPR/RC43/10

10 September 1992

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