WHO and Luxembourg meet every year to discuss and review the status of collaboration, alternatively in Geneva and Luxembourg. This year, the bilateral meeting took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Luxembourg on 2 December 2016.
Luxembourg supports 6 countries under the EU-Luxembourg-WHO Universal Health Coverage Partnership (UHC Partnership): Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Mali, Niger and Senegal in Sub Saharan Africa and Lao PDR in Asia. Discussions centered on further expanding to countries in all WHO regional offices, specifically the Region of the Americas (AMRO) as they are conspicuously missing from the Partnership. The WHO Africa Regional Office connected in by videoconference and underlined the full flexibility of Partnership funds in line with policy processes in countries. It is to be noted that this is rarely seen in other donor-funded programmes.