Operation and Governance 

Operational Mechanism

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Clients, i.e. Member States, refer requests to the Network through the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office. Member States and Network members are thus linked by the Secretariat, housed by the Regional Office and supported by the Albion Street Centre, which facilitates communication and linkages. Overall, the Network is inclusive, fluid and dynamic, not hierarchical, respects the diversity and equality of its members, and encourages openness.

The Network promotes the strengths of individual institutions while also emphasizing the collective value of a multidisciplinary collaboration between institutions of expertise. The WHO country offices and technical focal points are key mechanisms for WHO to promote the functions and services of the Network.

Any conflict of interest is minimized by WHO holding the management responsibility of the Network, with the Albion Street Centre assisting facilitation only, and also through the commitment of each member to specific areas of expertise, therefore limiting duplication and the risk of competition.

The Network maintains close relationships with other support organizations, including the Technical Support Facility (TSF) sponsored by UNAIDS, to exploit opportunities for joint training initiatives as well as joint teams to respond to client requests for assistance, in cases where multidisciplinary teams are required.


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