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Who we are:

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defense against transnational threats.
WHO operates in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing landscape. The boundaries of public health action have become blurred, extending into other sectors that influence health opportunities and outcomes. WHO responds to these challenges using a six-point agenda. The six points address two health objectives, two strategic needs, and two operational approaches. The overall performance of WHO will be measured by the impact of its work on women's health and health in Africa.

What we do:

WHO fulfils its objectives through its core functions

  • providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed;
  • shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge;
  • setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation;
  • articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options;
  • providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and
  • onitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.

These core functions are set out in the 11th General Programme of Work, which provides the framework for organization-wide programme of work, budget, resources and results. Entitled "Engaging for health", it covers the 10-year period from 2006 to 2015.

Where we work:

WHO has been working in Mozambique since 1976, under the Special Agreement on Cooperation between WHO and the Government of Mozambique.

The mission of the WHO Country Office in Mozambique is "to support the development of an efficient and equitable health system in order to achieve the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in strong partnership with all UN Agencies, international and national health partners." WHO mission falls in the Delivering as One approach as recommended by UN Reform. The overall goal of Delivering as One in Mozambique, one of the eight pilot countries for UN reform is to ensure the delivery of concrete results in support of the national development objectives and priorities by a more coherent, better coordinated, funded and managed UN.

Country Representative: Mr. Daniel Kertesz

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Contact information and address:

WHO Country Office for Mozambique

Bairro da Sommershield,

Rua Pereira Marinho 280

C.P. 377 - Maputo

Tel: +258 21491991/ 492732

Mobile: +258 823010710
Fax: +258 21491990