Development of Health Research

         The Regional Committee,

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

         Recalling resolution WPR48.R7 on the development of health research;

  1. ENDORSES the recommendations of the Western Pacific Advisory Committee on Health Research (WPACHR) at its seventeenth session;
  2. URGES Member States:
    (1) to undertake research in priority areas identified in the Strategic plan for health research in the Western Pacific Region, 1997-2001, in accordance with their national health needs, and to disseminate results which can immediately be applied for policy-making;
    (2) to establish a national focal point to coordinate and manage health research activities, if this does not already exist;
  3. REQUESTS the Regional Director, to do his utmost:
    (1) to implement the WPACHR recommendations;
    (2) to continue to support individual and group research training activities;
    (3) to support research proposals in priority areas;
    (4) to disseminate the findings of the research projects; and
    (5) to continue to support efforts to improve the communication between research agencies and the use of the Strategic plan in the Region.

* WPR/RC50/12

17 September 1999

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