Welsh Government cemented its commitment to international health work by introducing the document: Health Within and Beyond Welsh Borders: An Enabling Framework for International Health Engagement.

One key action from the Framework was that an International Health Coordination Centre (IHCC) should be established in order to act as a clearing house for knowledge, support and resources relating to international health engagement in Wales, seeking to work with partners across the wider Welsh Health Community to join up approaches, share learning and communicate good practice.

The framework builds on an earlier requirement for Health Boards to demonstrate a commitment to two key actions outlined in the Welsh Health Circular (2006) 070, which were:

  • Chief Executives are to ensure that each NHS organisation demonstrates its commitment to overseas links and its support of the Millennium Development Goals within its stated goals.
  • Chief Executives and HR Directors are to amend continuing professional development policies to allow visits, secondments, exchanges and the management of projects to be recognised as one of the options allowed to NHS employees.

The World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre, Public Health Wales, formed in 2018 and houses the International Health Division, which was formalised in 2019.

About Wales

Wales is a country which forms part of the United Kingdom (UK). It has its own government, named Welsh Government, which has devolved responsibility, meaning it can act autonomously from the central UK government on a range of policy areas. Areas where Wales has devolved responsibility include:

  1. Agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural development
  2. Ancient monuments and historic buildings
  3. Culture
  4. Economic development
  5. Education and training
  6. Environment
  7. Fire and rescue services and promotion of fire safety
  8. Food
  9. Health and health services
  10. Highways and transport
  11. Housing
  12. Local government
  13. National Assembly for Wales
  14. Public administration
  15. Social welfare
  16. Sport and recreation
  17. Tourism
  18. Town and country planning
  19. Water and flood defence
  20. Welsh language 

Wales has a population of approximately 3,063,758 (StatsWales, 2011) and is a bi-lingual nation where both the Welsh and English languages are used. 

Health in Wales

There are seven Health Boards and three Trusts in Wales. The Trusts have national responsibility and include Public Health Wales NHS Trust, the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Velindre NHS Trust. The map below shows the location of each of the Health Boards, which are based in localities across Wales:

Welsh Board

For information on the Health Boards or Trusts, including general information on health in Wales, please visit the Welsh NHS website.

If you would like some general information on the country of Wales, please visit the official portal for information on Wales