Forty-eighth session


Country Visits: Report of the Sub-Committee of the Regional Committee on Programmes and Technical Cooperation, Part I

         The Regional Committee,

         Having considered the report of the Sub-Committee of the Regional Committee on Programmes and Technical Cooperation on its visits to Cambodia and Vanuatu to review WHO's collaboration in the area of emerging and re-emerging diseases;*

         Recognizing the value of the work of the Sub-Committee to Member States;

  1. THANKS the Sub-Committee for its work;
  2. ENDORSES the recommendations in the report on country visits of the Sub-Committee;
  3. URGES Member States:
    (1) to improve and maintain national communicable disease surveillance systems and to ensure emergency preparedness for disease outbreaks;
    (2) to facilitate effective pre-service and in-service training for the development and upgrading of human resources in the field of control and prevention of communicable diseases;
    (3) to improve coordination and management of inputs from international organizations, governmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations;
  4. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to ensure logistical support for disease outbreak response including regional stockpiles of basic supplies and equipment, emergency transportation, and dispatch of experts during outbreaks;
    (2) to facilitate rapid exchange of information among Member States on disease situations and on country experiences in disease outbreak management;
    (3) to maintain WHO's support for surveillance and epidemiology and for training in new information technology;
    (4) to continue the evaluation of country visits by members of the Sub-Committee to fully determine their value to WHO, the participants and the host countries and to report the findings of the evaluation to the Regional Committee at its forty-ninth session;
  5. REQUESTS the Sub-Committee, as part of its terms of reference in 1998, to review and analyse the impact of WHO's cooperation with Member States in the field of Healthy Cities-Healthy Islands, with particular reference to health information systems;
  6. DECIDES that the countries to be visited in 1998 should be Fiji and Malaysia.

* WPR/RC48/7

24 September 1997

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