Improving our performance at the country level is a key priority for WHO in the Western Pacific. Through our Country Support Unit, we help countries improve health outcomes through technical cooperation, policy dialogue and advice, developing norms and standards, generating and sharing knowledge, and convening health partners.
We work out of 15 country offices across the Region: 11 WHO representative offices and 4 country liaison offices. Together with the Regional Office, our 15 country offices support 37 countries and areas. In countries where we have no presence, we provide support through our Regional Office or a nearby country office with shared responsibility.
Our office in the Western Pacific also serves as a venue for meetings of Member States and technical experts throughout the year. Heads of country offices, also known as WHO representatives and country liaison officers, meet twice annually, in the Regional office.
These meetings provide an opportunity for WHO representatives to discuss country priorities with technical teams and serve as a monitoring mechanism to update on country-level progress in achieving longer-term objectives in the regional plan or progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.