With the World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is the United Nations' specialized agency for health care.

Article I of the Constitution of the World Health Organization defines the goals of this organization as follows: "To achieve the highest possible level of health for all people." In the Constitution of the World Health Organization, health is defined as complete physical, spiritual and social well-being and not just the absence of disease.

In Georgia, as well as in other countries of the world, the main strategic directions of the World Health Organization are:

Declining mortality, morbidity and disability, especially among the poor and marginalized;
Establishing a healthy lifestyle and reducing the risk factors for human health associated with environmental, economic, social and other factors;
Developing health systems that improve health, meet people's needs, and be financially fair;
Creating an institutional environment for the health sector, as well as developing effective healthcare approaches to social, economic, environmental and development policies.


Georgia became a member of the World Health Organization on May 16, 1992. In 1993, a coordination office was established in Georgia. In 1995, the office was renamed the Georgian Office of the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization's Georgia office is subordinated to the European Regional Office. The Office plays an important role in strengthening, administering, consolidating and managing cooperation with the World Health Organization. It promotes links between the World Health Organization and the government, provides timely information to the government on the policies of the World Health Organization, and develops a strategy and action plan for the development of the health sector and recommendations for interstate health issues. The Office of the World Health Organization carries out its activities in the country in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, UN agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations working in the field of healthcare.

The main goal of the World Health Organization in Georgia is:

To assist the Government of Georgia in developing a national health policy and strengthening the health care system;
Provide appropriate technical assistance if necessary;
To enhance readiness for emergencies;
To promote the establishment of education standards and trainings in the healthcare sector;
Provide evidence-based expertise and provide the healthcare sector with the information they need to achieve the World Health Organization's main goal.
Priority areas

The World Health Organization is cooperating with member states under a so-called two-year cooperation agreement. A two-year cooperation agreement between the European Regional Office for Health and the European Regional Office for Georgia and Georgia for 2012-2013 was signed as a result of successful negotiations between the government's healthcare sector and the World Health Organization's regional and Georgian office. The cooperation agreement covers the following areas:

Strengthening the main functions of the healthcare system (primary healthcare, hospital management, healthcare financing, pharmaceutical sector, healthcare information systems, human resources);
Strengthening the capacity for emergency preparedness and response in health care;
Strengthening control over infectious diseases;
Prevention of non-communicable diseases;
Improving maternal and child health;
Promoting environmental safety.
The World Health Organization is making significant contributions to increasing the country's potential. Representatives of the Georgian medical field regularly participate in meetings, conferences, seminars and trainings of the World Health Organization both in Georgia and abroad. Consultants from the World Health Organization regularly come to Georgia and provide technical assistance to local specialists who work to meet the needs and requirements of the country. In accordance with the policies of the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia annually participates in the work of the governing bodies of the World Health Organization, the World Health Assembly and the regional committees.