WHO Algeria - The WHO Liaison Office in Algeria has been upgraded to a full-fledged Country Office, following the recent visit to the north African country of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Sambo, PANA reported Sunday.
During the three-day visit that ended Friday, Dr. Sambo signed the agreement upgrading the status of the office.
The Regional Director signed the host agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on behalf of WHO in the presence of Algeria’s Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Dr Abdelaziz Ziari.
At a meeting later with Mr. Mourad Medelci, Algeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Sambo expressed great satisfaction with the new era of cooperation between WHO and Algeria and discussed possible areas in which emphasis will be put in future cooperation: prevention and control of non-communicable diseases including mental health; health research; training of health workers; and improved management of health services and institutions.
The Regional Director praised the excellent work done by Mr Mamadou Mbaye, Resident Coordinator of the UN in Algeria who, for three years, had been acting as the WHO Liaison Officer in Algeria.
The cooperation between the Algerian Government and WHO dates back to 1962.