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Background, composition, objectives, activities, documents and members


Within the Northern Dimension area, certain social and economic problems continue to result in high mortality rates, the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, violence, alcohol and drug abuse, and the spreading of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. The spreading of communicable diseases is especially prevalent within marginalized groups living under socially and economically distressing circumstances, members of which may subsequently enter the penal system. Health systems need to be improved, and in particular the provision and delivery of primary health care requires further development. The Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS places great emphasis on supporting reorientation and efficiency of the health and social care systems, and pays special attention to strong primary health care and needs of individuals from vulnerable groups. From 2004 until mid-2010, activities in this area were fostered by the then Expert Group on Primary Health Care and from mid-2010 until October 2015 by the then Expert Group on Primary Health and Prison Health Systems (PPHS EG).

Following the adoption of the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it, which define specific objectives, results and linked to them concrete activities, in October 2015 the NDPHS Committee of Senior Representatives (CSR) split the former PPHS EG into an Expert Group on Primary Healthcare (PHC EG), which is described on this page, and an Expert Group on Prison Health. The PHC EG operates according to its Terms of Reference, and has been tasked to facilitate and implement the Objective 5: Adequately addressed health needs related to chronic conditions and demographic changes – through strengthened integration and coordination of care and prevention throughout life course at primary care level as specified in the NDPHS Strategy 2020.

Finally, the Expert Group will, together with other bodies of the NDPHS, contribute to achieving the Horizontal results defined in the Action Plan accompanying the NDPHS Strategy 2020.


The PHC EG is comprised of high-level experts. These experts come from national ministries and agencies of Partner Countries and Organisations, the research community, NGOs and other relevant parties. The Expert Group’s work is led by the Lead Partner (Russia), supported by the Co-Lead Partner (Sweden). The list of the members of the PPHS EG is provided further down.

All eligible stakeholders are welcome to provide input to the PPHS EG’s current and future activities. External experts are also invited to participate in the group’s meetings, as appropriate.

Aims and functions

In accordance with the above mentioned Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS, under the guidance of the CSR, an Expert Group may have an advisory role and/or provide professional input to the preparation and implementation of joint activities carried out within the framework of the Partnership. Also, the Declaration permits Expert Groups to “facilitate professional exchanges, increase co-ordination among Partners and Participants and monitor joint activities within their area of expertise.” Consistent with these provisions, the Expert Group has the following functions:


The Expert Group's activities follow the priorities set out in the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it and are being implemented in accordance with the NDPHS Annual Work Plan for 2016


The PHC EG holds approximately 2 meetings per year. Specific information about forthcoming and past meetings, including meeting documents and minutes can be accessed on the Expert Group meetings web page.

Documents and minutes of the former PHC EG and the former PH EG, which were, inter alia, covering the issues dealt with by the PPHS EG, can be accessed here and here, respectively.


View all Calendar events of relevance to the PHC EG. Learn more about other sections of our Calendar.

Progress reports

Every year the NDPHS Expert Groups prepare progress reports. These reports are prepared in accordance with the Template for monitoring and reporting of the NDPHS progress and are submitted to every autumn CSR meeting and/or PAC event (they can be download here). With reference to the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the accompanying NDPHS Action Plan, they, inter alia, present the progress towards the agreed targets and take stock of achievements made, as well as describe further action required, obstacles encountered and, finally, the sustainability and expected long-term impact of the group’s activities.

Further information 

Visit the NDPHS Database, which provides a growing number of papers (publications, newsletters, etc.) and projects, dealing with primary health issues. It also provides a pool of organisations and experts, which have been working in this area. The Database contains four sections. By clicking the links below, you will gain direct access to activities and expertise in the field of primary health in the NDPHS Database, sorted by:

Please note that you can also submit your own information on primary health issues to the database (read more). 



Ms. Yulia Mikhaylova
Federal Research Institute for Health Care Organization and Information of MoH of the Russian Federation
11, Dobrolubov str.
RUS-127254 Moscow
Phone: +7 495 6183268
Fax: +7 495 6183268

International Technical Advisor

Ms. Zulfiia Izhaeva
Federal Research Institute for Health Care Organization and Information of MoH of Russian Federation
11, Dobrolubov str.
RUS-127254 Moscow
Phone: +7 495 6181109
Fax: +7 495 6181109


Mrs. Irene Nilsson Carlsson
National Board for health and welfare
S-106 30 Stockholm
Phone: + 46 247 3170


Ms Kaija Lukka
Ministry of Social Affairs
Gonsiori 29,
15027 Tallinn, Estonia
Phone: +372 626 9157
Fax: +372 699 2209


Ms. Paula Vainiomäki
University of Turku/Turku Univ. Hospital
Lemminkäisenk. 1
FI-20014 Turku
Phone: + 358 40 7010014
Fax: + 358 2 3338439


Mr. Simo Kokko
National Institute for Health and Welfare
P.O. Box 220
FI-00531 Helsinki
Phone: + 358 503 620 446
Fax: + 358 9 396 72417


Mrs. Marika Petroviča
Ministry of Health
Brivibas iela 72
Phone: +371 67876050
Fax: +371 67876002


Ms. Inga Inkina
National Health Service
Cēsu iela 31,
6th entrance LV-1012
Phone: +371 67043768
Fax: +371 67043701


Ms. Edita Bishop
Ministry of Health
Vilnius Str.33, Vilnius
Phone: +370 5 2604709
Fax: +370 5 2661402


Ms. Vytenė Jankauskienė
Ministry of Health,
Vilnius Str.33,
Phone: +370 5 2053626
Fax: +370 5 2661402

Mr. Arnoldas Jurgutis
Klaipeda University,
Herkaus Manto str. 84,
Phone: +370 46 398561
Fax: +370 46 398999


Mr. Jan Magne
Linnsund Senior Adviser
Norwegian Directorate of Health
Phone: +47 24 16 33 21


Mr. Jacek Putz
The Medical Centre of Postgraduate Education
Kleczewska 61/63 Str.
PL-01-826 Warsaw
Phone: +48 22 560 11 60
Fax: +48 22 560 11 69


Mr Wojciech Marciszko
Ministry of Health
Phone: +48 22 6349 296
Fax: +48 22 828 81 63


Mrs. Anna Korotkova
Federal Research Institute for Health Care Organization and Information of MoH of Russian Federation
11, Dobrolubov str.
RUS-127254 Moscow
Phone: +7(495)6182731
Fax: +7(495)6182731


Mr. Valery Chernyavskiy
Federal Research Institute for Health Care Organization and Information of MoH of the Russian Federation
11 Dobrolubov str.
RUS-127254 Moscow
Phone: +7-968-7212416

International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Ms Roumyana Benedict
Regional Office Brussels, MHD
Phone: +32 228 772 10

World Health Organization

Mr. Juan Tello
WHO/Europe, Copenhagen
Phone: +45 45336868


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