World Health Organization

Dr. Raul Gonzalez-Montero,
WHO Representative
and Head of Country Office in Albania

WHO Regional Office for Europe

The WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) is one of WHO’s six regional offices around the world.

It serves the WHO European Region, which comprises 53 countries, covering a vast geographical region from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, with over 880 million people. WHO/Europe staff are public health, scientific and technical experts, based in the main office in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 3 technical centres and in country offices in 29 Member States.

Underlying values and core functions of WHO, all the member states of WHO in the European Region share the common value of the highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental human right. All of WHO actions are based on this and rooted in the underlying values of equity, solidarity and participation.

The mission of WHO Regional Office for Europe is to support member states in: (i) developing and sustaining their own health policies, health systems and public health programmes; (ii) working to prevent and overcome threats to health; (iii) anticipating future challenges; and (iv) advocating public health.


The WHO Country Office supports the Government of Albania  to shape its health policy in line with WHO’s principles and values and advocates for an integrated approach to health development. By means of a single, unified and functionally integrated country representation, WHO facilitates the implementation of the Biennial Collaborative Agreement (BCA) with the Government of Albania  and its corresponding country work plan. WHO Country Office in Albania provides leadership in health, coordinates partnership in health and all health-related activities  with all stakeholders in health sector. WHO helps the country to improve its health system and provides technical support, as necessary. The WHO country office administers, consolidates, manages and enhances WHO collaboration in the country including all resources deployed in the country either permanently or temporarily to maximize WHO impact. The Country Office also has a representational, fund-raising and resource mobilization for health function, as needed.

Focus Areas:

Category 1. Communicable Diseases

Category 2. Noncommunicable Diseases

Category 3. Promoting Health through the life course.

Category 4. Health Systems

Category 5. Health Emergency Programme

Reflecting the vision of the WHO Regional Office for Europe “Better Health for Europe”, as well as concepts, principles and values underpinning the European policy framework for health and wellbeing “Health 2020”, fully aligned with SDGs, in collaboration with UN agencies, WHO is providing support to the mainstreaming of Universal Health Coverage, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), social determinants of health, whole of society approach. Moreover, WHO is supporting MoH for the implementation and monitoring of the National Health Strategy, ensuring its alignment with Health 2020.  Answering to the needs assessment by the MoH, technical assistance will continue to be provided to the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the NCD Action Plan. The strengthening of the capacities of the country for the strict and responsible implementation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will be continued.  WHO supports the strengthening of gender equality and human rights-based programming in health, and the capacity of the country to develop and implement programmes that address violence against children, women and youth, and monitor their implementation. Recognizing the crucial importance of solid health information systems, WHO is supporting the implementation of ICD10.  WHO advocates and supports the further developing of country core capacities required under the International Health Regulation (2005); and will provide all the due technical support to draft and implement a feasible AMR National Action Plan.

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