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Working relationship between the Russian Federation and WHO strengthened

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Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, today met Mr Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, during an official visit to the country.

The visit has seen the strengthening of the working relationship between the Russian Federation and WHO through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the period 2009-2013 for collaboration in public health at the national, regional and global levels. Dr Chan noted that solid progress had been made in health in the Russian Federation over the last 10 years, and commended the government's efforts towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals, promoting healthy life styles, tobacco control and road safety.

In the context of pandemic influenza, the Russian Federation government and WHO expressed interest in collaborating on research and development in pharmaceutical interventions including antivirals and vaccines, and disease surveillance.

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