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WHO in Montenegro

The role of a WHO/Europe country office is to respond to requests from the host country to support policy-making for sustainable health development, taking a holistic health-system approach. This includes providing guidance, building up local relationships to implement technical cooperation, making standards and agreements, and ensuring that public health measures are coordinated and in place during crises.

The WHO Country Office, Montenegro was established in April 2008 in Podgorica. The Office is the focal point for WHO activities in Montenegro. The country team consists of two people.

The priorities for the Country Office are set out in the Biennial Collaborative Agreement between WHO/Europe and the host country. The Office implements the agreement in close collaboration with national institutions and international partner agencies.

The biennial collaborative agreement for 2010–2011 between WHO/Europe and Montenegro identifies not only the priorities for action but also the results to be delivered.

1. Strengthening health systems
  • Stronger stewardship capacity and health intelligence to produce, analyse, disseminate and use, reliable and timely, information on health expenditures to ensure informed decision-making
  • Stronger capacity to use essential medical products and technologies
  • Stronger national capacity to integrate quality improvement into ongoing service delivery reform
  • Stronger governance to prevent corruption and improve equity in access to health services
2. Noncommunicable diseases (NCD), healthy lifestyle and food safety
  • Stronger capacity for NCD control and prevention, in line with the adopted national NCD strategy, with a particular focus on early cancer control and prevention
  • Implementation of mental health strategy that will result in accessible and equitable services
  • Stronger capacity to prevent foodborne and nutrition related diseases
3. Strengthening capacities of health system for better surveillance and control of communicable diseases and other public health threats
  • Improved capacity to manage effectively communicable diseases
  • Stronger capacity to implement International Health Regulations
  • Stronger national capacities to manage all kinds of health crises through supporting the development of institutionalized risk reduction, mitigation and preparedness processes
4. Environmental health
  • Stronger health systems to address environmental and occupational health
Table 1. Selected statistics: Montenegro
Total population 2003 620 145
Under 18 % 2003 28.5
Population distribution % rural 2003 40
Life expectancy at birth 2006 74.2
Under 5 mortality rate per 1000 2006 10
Maternal mortality reate per 1000 live births 2007 0.13
General government expenditure on health as % of general government expenditure 2008 5.72
Human development index rank, out of 177 countries 2008 64
Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita 2007 €4484
Adult (15+) literacy rate % 2006 96.4

Contact us:
WHO Montenegro
Serdara Jola Piletica br. 8 (spr.II / st.10)
81000 Podgorica, Montenegro
Phone: +382 (0)20 244-809 (GPN ext. 79311)
Fax: +382 (0)20 244-408 (GPN ext. 79300)
Mobile: +382 (0)67 21 00 55