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.
Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being is leading the way to sustainable and inclusive societies with equal opportunities for good health and wellbeing for all in the Northern Dimension area throughout the life course.
This is a beautiful time of the year; the nature has become alive once again and by now has awakened even in the northernmost parts of our region. Usually, spring is filling us with joy and hope for new beginnings. This year is different. Events in Ukraine are on our minds and in our hearts constantly, sorrow and heartbreak have overshadowed our lives.
As you will read the Spring Newsletter, our Partnership and cooperation in the Northern Dimension has also been affected. While the turn of events has shocked and shaken us, we will not give in to a paralyzing melancholy. Our Partnership is continuing the work, and some highlights are presented in this newsletter.
You will read about our ongoing work on active and healthy ageing, which our Partnership has prioritized. We have also included some highlights from our flagship project, which we implement together with the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture, “The Art of Staying Healthy,” which explores the links between culture and increased well-being. Our Polish colleagues give an update on the situation with the burden of Tuberculosis infection, that remains a public health threat, and needs particular attention due to Russian military aggression in Ukraine. The war has badly affected all aspects of life in Ukraine, including health systems and disrupted care for patients with the TB disease.
Finally, we write about our new priority, the promotion of economy of well-being. Nations are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that GDP cannot be the one and only measure of success. Remember the tale of King Midas, who wished that everything he touches turns into gold, until he realized it means his food became inedible, the water undrinkable and the roses didn’t smell anymore. We advocate for sustainable growth that is good for the people and good for the planet.
With this, I leave you to read our newsletter and I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and healthy spring.
Dr. Ülla-Karin Nurm
Director, NDPHS Secretariat
The project “Roadmap to improve the health and well-being of the ageing population in the Baltic Sea Region (AgeFLAG)” focuses on challenges and needs for supporting this process in the Northern Dimension area. The topic of active and healthy ageing is more important today than ever before. Approximately a fifth of our populations is aged 65 and above. Maximising the healthy years for all into old age is a corner stone into prosperous and flourishing societies.
The aim of the AgeFLAG project is to contribute to the health and wellbeing of older adults and to make our societies inclusive. Through national and regional needs assessments of priorities for action and co-creation, we designed future NDPHS actions that meet the needs of the region. The roadmap produced through this process presents the first steps towards establishing the NDPHS as a thought leader on healthy ageing.
These activities initiate and contribute to the flagship process on active and healthy ageing of Policy Area Health within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Northern Dimension Policy: Joint Statement by the European Union, Iceland and Norway on suspending activities with Russia and Belarus
The European Union, Iceland and Norway have condemned in the strongest possible terms Russia's unprecedented military aggression against Ukraine. By its unprovoked and unjustified military actions, Russia is grossly violating international law and undermining European and global security and stability. We have also condemned the involvement of Belarus in this aggression against Ukraine.
With the Northern Dimension policy the European Union, Iceland, Norway, and Russia have promoted dialogue and concrete cooperation based on good neighbourliness, equal partnership, common responsibility and transparency. The Northern Dimension policy includes Belarus as an observer. The European Union, Iceland and Norway are convinced of the value of this cooperation and its tangible achievements.
Russia and Belarus have however through their actions grossly breached rules-based multilateralism and the principles which both underpin the Northern Dimension policy. The European Union, Iceland and Norway have therefore suspended until further notice all activities of the Northern Dimension policy which involve Russia and Belarus.
Read the joint statement and follow the latest news on the European External Action Service website.
23 November 2021, 9:00 – 13:00 CET, Online
as a side event to the NDPHS Partnership Annual Conference.
Across the globe, people are living longer than ever before. In the Northern Dimension area, in a matter of fewer than 30 years, the life expectancy at birth has increased on average by six years and is 78.6 years as of 2018. Longer life is an opportunity for enjoying more experiences, for trying out diverse career paths, and for making more contributions to society, but why is ageism - and self-ageism - so widespread in our societies and how do we overcome it? Together with policy makers and civil society representatives from across the region, we will discuss and seek solutions.
We will organize the debate around two central themes with guest panels of invited experts for each of them:
- Combating ageism: Transforming public attitudes in healthcare, at workplaces and in society;
- Connecting ages: promoting intergenerational contacts and inclusivity of older people in service design and policymaking.
Can culture improve our well-being?
The project The Art of Staying Healthy aims to develop collaboration between the arts and health sectors and to pilot arts interventions on the health and well-being of people and communities in the Northern Dimension area.
The programme was launched in the beginning of the summer of 2021. During the open call were received 56 eligible applications and unique project ideas from ten countries. The selected projects involve different target groups such as hearing-impaired persons, adults and healthcare professionals with mental disorder, cancer patients, pupils, homeless people and others. Each project will use its own methodology to demonstrate the impact on the target group, like dance, storytelling, photography, forum theatre and others.
Programme participants will receive funding for pilot projects, the opportunity to participate in knowledge-based workshops, mentoring support and onsite visits. The duration of the programme is till the end of 2022. The participants will receive support to establish a community and a peer-to-peer network that will remain in place and function after the programme ends.
It is planned to prepare a toolkit that will further help other organizations to build cross-sectoral partnerships. Independent experts will follow and analyse the process of the project and sum up the conclusions in the form of a toolkit. We aim to offer lessons learned from the pilot projects to those working in the field.
Darni Socialineraida Enabling the Integration of People with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Disorders into Society through the Forum Theatre Methodology, Lithuania
Galerija propaganda BETTER, Poland
Irene F.Arcas Stimuli, Germany
ISSP (International Sumer School of Photography) Creatively Feeling: an Artful Approach to Mental Health & Healing, Latvia
Karjeras konsultacijas The Beauty of Self-Mercy and Life, Latvia
Karlstad University Dance for People with Parkinson’s Disease (PD): Understanding its Underlying Mechanisms through Functional MRI, Sweden
Panevezys City Municipality Administration CREATIVE HOME(less), Lithuania
Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art Let´s sign the art, Latvia
Indoor Environment Quality and Health
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, studies have shown the close relations between indoor climate parameters and the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Now more than ever it is important to pay attention to the indoor environment and have ventilation systems optimized, to mitigate health risks where we live, play, study, and work by applying energy-efficient and cost-efficient solutions.
By bringing together various stakeholders and initiating a dialogue we aim at contributing to a mindset change around the topic and at emphasizing the impact of the indoor environment on people’s health and quality of life.
- Indoor air quality as an essential factor to promote human well-being and health: ventilation, hygiene, behavior. Assoc. Prof. Ivars Vanadziņš, Director at Institute of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health.
- Best examples for national guidelines aiming to ensure adequate ventilation and indoor climate in existing buildings. Mr. Lauri Suu, Head of Housing Policy at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia.
- Sustainable environment development. Ms. Diaa Bahopia, Senior Sustainability Consultant, SWECO, United Kingdom.
- Liepājas municipality experience with public building energy efficiency and microclimate monitoring. Mr. Jānis Šipkovs, Energodati.lv
- Reflection on the connection between indoor air quality and lung diseases. Ms. Tuuli Heinikari, Finnish Lung Health Association FILHA.
Agenda and registration: https://eusbsr2021.eu/ and add the webinar on "Indoor Environment Quality and Health" to your selection.
Presentations and webinar documents are available here.
The event is co-organized by the PA Energy and PA Health coordinators during the 12th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR: REVITALIZE, RECOVER, RECHARGE.