The World Health Organisation (WHO) is a hugely important partner for DFID in our joint efforts to support improved health. Margaret Chan, World Health Organisation's dynamic director general, wowed the health advisers at the meeting in Brighton with her incisive observations on the major challenges facing the international community as it continues to work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
WHO and the UN family, are the key technical partners of governments as they develop their national health strategies. Whilst DFID has a solid reputation for having skilled and capable advisers, if national health strategies are to be based upon best practice and evidence of what works and what doesn't, then it must be WHO's, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNAIDS and other UN agencies working in the health sector that provide the detailed technical advice. It is for this reason that DFID attaches great importance to its joint work with the UN, and has developed institutional strategies which shape the way in which we work with each of these important partners.