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WHO country office to cost Kazakhstan $2 million a year

09 september 2015, 19:31

Having a country office of the World Health Organization in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s biggest city, would cost Kazakhstan $2 million a year, according to Dr Melita Vujnovic, WHO Representative and Head of Country Office.

 Majilis, the country’s lower chamber, approved of the agreement with the WHO to launch a country office in Almaty. The office seeks to bolster primary health care, collect data on health care services, coordinate work of preventive healthcare institutions.

 “The agreement is for a ten-year period (…) the Government will be allocating $2 million to keep the country office operating”, Dr Melita Vujnovic said at a press-conference today.

According to her, only Kazakhstan, Turkey and Russia had responded to the competition to accommodate country offices in their respective territories.

According to her, Kazakhstan will be focused on primary health care, whereas Russia will be focused on noncontagious diseases and Turkey on response to emergencies. A huge country office in Bonne, Germany, takes $10 million to run.

The World Health Organization  is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

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