Forty-fourth session

WPR/RC44.R7

Public Health Training in the Western Pacific Region

         The Regional Committee,

         Having considered the preliminary report on the assessment of postgraduate training resources in public health in the Region;*

         Recalling the discussions held during the various intercountry workshops and conferences between 1989 and 1993;

Noting the continuing need for an effective structure to coordinate regional training activities in public health;

         Noting further that public health problems of the Region need to be purposefully tackled while addressing country-specific issues;

         Recognizing the major role WHO has played and continues to play in this field;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to relate public health training curricula in their respective countries more closely to health workforce planning needs;
    (2) to encourage public health training institutions within their respective jurisdictions to develop collaborative arrangements with other national and regional institutions so as to enhance training capacities in the Region as a whole;
    (3) to provide comprehensive information on public health training institutions for inclusion in the World Directory of Schools of Public Health;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to support further strengthening of regional institutions for training in public health;
    (2) to enhance the role of the Regional Office as the coordinating centre for the exchange of information on public health training, and research institutions in the Region;
    (3) to support the development of collaborative arrangements among regional public health training institutions in order to maximize regional resources in this area;
    (4) to collect and disseminate all available information on practical training opportunities relating to public health available in the Region.

* WPR/RC44/11

16 September 1993


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