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EUROPEAN UNION STRATEGY FOR THE BALTIC SEA REGION

Policy Area Health

Background

A healthy population is a critical factor behind the sustainable economic development of enterprises and societies. Therefore, improvement of health throughout the Baltic Sea region is important for the prosperity of the region. Challenges for the region in this regard include ageing societies, the growing threat posed by non-communicable diseases and the spread of infections, including infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

 

The Baltic Sea region is still an area of considerable disparities in health and social conditions. It features places where social and economic problems cause high levels of mortality due to non-communicable diseases, violence, alcohol and drug abuse and the spread of infectious diseases. Further, the growing cross-border movement of people needs to be paralleled by actions addressing inequalities in health status and in the level of health protection.

The NDPHS is the Coordinator for the Policy Area Health in the EUSBSR.

Priorities and targets

Six main health-related actions have been included in the EUSBSR Action Plan (latest revised in mid-2015):
 

The above health-related actions correlate with the goals and operational targets included in the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and its Action Plan. Thus, both strategies are linked and complement each other.

The flagship projects which fall under each action are detailed below.

Progress

Health is an area, which presents enormous challenges for the region and where targeted, joint action can produce tangible results.

The main achievements in the implementation process so far include, but are not limited to: (i) fostering macro-regional cooperation in health and making it more integrated and inclusive; (ii) providing assistance in identifying potential sources of financing for activities contributing to the implementation of the Strategy; (iii) fostering macro-regional cooperation in policy shaping; (iv) development, facilitation and support of regional flagship projects contributing to the implementation of the Strategy, and (v) increased visibility and recognition of importance of health on the regional cooperation agenda.

One more issue to address is to further efforts to involve other relevant regional stakeholders in the implementation of the Strategy.

With regards to the Flagship Projects, the following ones have been listed for the PA Health in the EUSBSR Action Plan (click on a project name for more information about it).

 

Completed activities

Project Name Thematic focus Summary Geographical area
Alcohol and drug prevention among youth Alcohol use
Substance use
 
Project duration: October 2012 – November 2013

The aim of the project was to reduce hazardous and harmful alcohol use and substance use in general among young people in municipalities around the Baltic Sea region through local empowerment and capacity building.


Iceland 
Finland 
Lithuania
Russia
Sweden
 

Improvement of public health by promotion of equitably distributed high quality primary health care systems (Imprim) Primary health care Project duration: March 2010 – December 2012

The aim of the project was to improve public health in the Baltic Sea region and, in particular, in its eastern part. Within this wide objective, the project focused on the role of primary health care and its benefits for the public health system as well as the regional competitiveness. Read the final reports from the project. 
Belarus
Estonia
Finland
Latvia
Lithuania
Russia
Sweden
 
"ICT for Health" – Strengthening social capacities for the utilisation of eHealth technologies in the framework of the ageing population eHealth Project duration: January 2010 – December 2012

The aim of the project was to enhance the social capacity, knowledge and acceptance by the citizens with chronic diseases and medical professionals in the regions of the project partners to utilise eHealth technologies in prevention and treatment. Read the final report from the project.
Denmark
Finland
Germany
Lithuania
Norway
Poland
Russia
Sweden
“PrimCare IT” - Counteracting brain drain and professional isolation of health professionals in remote primary health care through tele-consultation and tele-mentoring to strengthen social conditions in remote BSR

eHealth

Primary health care

Project duration: January 2012 – March 2014

The aim of the project was to raise the attractiveness of remote primary health care. Opportunities for professional networking and continuing medical education as well as career development in remote areas are several issues which could be efficiently managed by means of tele-consultation and tele-mentoring, including social media. The project complements the above-named Imprim and ICT for Health projects.

 

Belarus
Estonia
Finland
Germany
Latvia
Lithuania
Sweden
 

 

Building capacity in prevention of HIV and associated infections among youth at high risk

HIV prevention

Project duration: September 2013 – August 2015

The aim of the project was to address the area of HIV prevention among youth at high risk of getting HIV and associated infections. Project activities included the assessment of needs of young people at risk in prevention programs, mapping best practices, training professionals, disseminating best practices and development of guide

 

Finland
Latvia
Poland
Russia
 

 


 Ongoing & planned activities

Project Name Thematic focus Summary Geographical area
Northern Dimension Antibiotic Resistance Study (NoDARS) Antibiotic resistance
 
Project duration: October 2014 – September 2017

The aim of the project is to provide health-care professionals, authorities and policy makers with comparable data that accurately reflect antibiotic resistance levels and the penetration of antibiotic resistance in the healthy population. The results of the project will help to evaluate and suggest improvements for existing national treatment recommendations and AMR strategies within the states of the participating partners.


Finland
Germany
Latvia
Norway
Poland
Russia
Sweden
 

Strengthening prevention and reduction of impacts of Tuberculosis (TB), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and associated infections (AIs) and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the Baltic Sea Region by joint international activities (TB/HIV/AI/STIs Project) HIV, TB prevention Planned project duration: 36 months

The purpose of the project is an enhanced management of TB, HIV and associated infections and other STIs through improvement of preventive activities among key populations at risk through effective, innovative and evidence based methods. The overall objectives are to contribute to health and social equity in the Baltic Sea region, to increase social inclusion and health care among key populations and to improve health status of key populations.

Estonia
Finland
Germany
Latvia
Lithuania
Poland
Russia
 

 

In addition, several other regional stakeholders have implemented and/or are implementing projects contributing to the implementation of policy actions included in the EUSBSR health sub-area. These projects include, but are not limited to the following:
 

  • eMedic - Developing new practices for teleconsultation and diabetes
  • WASI - Work ability and social inclusion
  • INNOCARE - Innovative solutions in care of elderly citizens living at home. 
  • HealthShare – Diagnostic development with clinical test sites and SMEs
  • BFCC Baltic Fracture Competence Centre  

 

 

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