- NDPHS issues its e-Newsletter 2/2016, which provides latest news and updates on recent NDPHS activities, and other interesting events and developments. (Read more)
- NDPHS holds a seminar "Where are we heading – wealthier and healthier in the decades to come, or just the opposite?", addresses critical issues regarding possible future developments in the health and well-being sector seen from a broader economic perspective. (Read more)
- 13th Meeting of the Expert Group on Non-Communicable Diseases, 28 April 2017
- 9th Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Establishment of the NDPHS Secretariat, 5 April 2017
- 27th Meeting of the Committee of Senior Representatives, 4 April 2017
- 3rd Meeting of the Primary Health Care Expert Group, 29-31 March 2017, Almaty, Kazakhstan
View our selection of links. They feature websites presenting global, regional and national initiatives and strategies on public health and social well-being, and websites of selected organisations and institutions.
EUROPEAN UNION STRATEGY FOR THE BALTIC SEA REGION
EUSBSR in brief
The European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) aims to address a selected range of challenges faced by the region, among them considerable disparities in health conditions, escalating environmental threats, gaps in economic development and lack of properly connected transportation links. These challenges are obstacles that prevent development in the region.
The EUSBSR Strategy is accompanied by the EUSBSR Action Plan, comprising 13 Policy Areas, including "Health", and four Horizontal Actions, which represent the main areas where the EUSBSR can contribute to improvements. The Action Plan is updated regularly as the region and its context develops. The Action Plan defines three overall objectives:
- Save the Sea;
- Connect the Region;
- Increase Prosperity.
The Policy Area “Health” focuses on improving and promoting the health of people in the Baltic Sea region, including social aspects of health, as an important precondition for ensuring sustainable and healthy societies enjoying economic growth, and for containing future health and social care-related costs.
The NDPHS is the Policy Area Coordinator for “Health” in the EUSBSR.
Six main health-related actions have been included in the EUSBSR Action Plan (latest revised in mid-2015):
- Reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and associated infections among populations at risk;
- Contain antimicrobial resistance;
- Adequately address health needs of chronically ill patients and needs related to demographic changes;
- Reduce impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs);
- Reduce social and health harm from alcohol, tobacco and illicit use of drugs;
- Strengthen occupational safety and health and well-being at work.
The Strategy: (i) does not imply any additional funding; (ii) relies on a coordinating and synergy of a large number of people and organisations, and (iii) strives for a more effective use of the already existing EU instruments and funds, as well as other existing resources and financial instruments, and EU policies and programmes.
Geographically, the EUSBSR covers eight EU Member States bordering the Baltic Sea. However, in order to jointly tackle many of the regional challenges, close cooperation with external partners – among them Norway and Russia - is particularly important.
The roles and responsibilities of the implementing stakeholders of the Strategy are described in the EUSBSR Action Plan. The success of the Strategy depends on the involvement of all relevant stakeholders, therefore it is important that stakeholders on the local and regional level are involved, when relevant (read more here about how you become involved).
To translate the agreed EUSBSR objectives into results, there are detailed actions and flagship projects. Actions represent the main steps that are needed to achieve the agreed indicators and targets for a given area, while flagship projects detail how to achieve (part of) the desired outcome.
The overall Policy Area "Health" goal is to reduce premature avoidable loss of human capital and is measuring its success through the ‘potential years of life lost’ (PYLL) indicator. The targets until 2020 are:
- 10% reduction in premature avoidable mortality (PYLL) in the Baltic Sea Region/Northern Dimension Area;
- 10% reduction in the difference between the lowest (best) and highest (worst) PYLL rates for women and men among the Baltic Sea Region/Northern Dimension Area.