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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 within the framework of the NDPHS annual reporting mechanism and are submitted to every autumn CSR meeting and/or PAC event (they can be downloaded here). They take stock of achievements made, describe enabling factors, strengths, obstacles and constraints regarding the Group’s work, and also present various recommendations to the CSR and/or PAC.

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). 

Members (this section is outdated; it will be updated in February 2016)


Ms. Helena Silfverhielm
National Board of Health and Welfare,
106 30 Stockholm
Phone: + 46 8 75-247 3383


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

International Technical Advisor

Mr. Arnoldas Jurgutis
Klaipeda University
H. Manto str. 84
LT-92234 Klaipeda
Phone: +370 69836674
Fax: +370 46398560

Mr. Zaza Tsereteli
Tartu mnt 16-18
EST-10117 Tallinn
Phone: +372 5269315


Mr. Finn Nielsen
Department of Health
The Danish Probation Service and Copenhagen Prisons
Vigerslev Allé 1 D
DK-2450 Copenhagen SV

Phone: +45 7255 5321; Mobile +45 26822753


Ms Juta Varjas
Adviser on prison health services
The Estonian Ministry of Justice
Tõnismägi 5A
15191 Tallinn
Phone: +372 620 8292
Fax: +372 620 8272


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


Mr. Marc Lehmann
Berlin Prison Hospital
Saatwinkeler Damm 1 a
D-13627 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 90144 1300
Fax: +49 30 90144 1258


Mr. Aigars Miezītis
Centre of Health Economics of Latvia
12/22 Duntes street
LV-1005 Riga
Phone: +371 67387650
Fax: +371 67501591


Ms. Kristina Kipena
Ministry of Justice of Latvia
15 Raiņa bulv.
LV-1510 Riga
Phone: +371 67046124

Ms. Silvija Pablaka
Ministry of Health of Latvia
72 Brīvības street
LV-1010 Riga
Phone: +371 67876087
Fax: +371 67876002


Ms. Eglė Savulienė
Ministry of Health
Vilnius str. 33
LT-01506 Vilnius
Phone: +370 5 260 4895
Fax: +370 5 266 1402


Ms. Birutė Semėnaitė
Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice
L.Sapiegos str.1
LT-10312 Vilnius
Phone: +370 5 271 9085
Fax: +370 5 275 2778


Mr. Andreas Skulberg
Mininstry of Justice and the Police
P.O. Box: 8005 Dep
N-0030 Oslo
Phone: + 47 22245580


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. Denis Kochkarev
Federal Research Institute for Health Care Organization and Information of MoH&SD of Russia
11 Dobrolubov str.
RUS-127254 Moscow
Phone: +7 495 639 41 28
Fax: +7 495 618 11 09

International Organization for Migration

Ms. Roumyana Petrova-Benedict
Phone: +32 2 287 7210


Ms. Mariya Samuilova
Phone: +32 2 287 7211

World Health Organization

Ms. Christine Beerepoot
Sr Adviser Primary Health Care
WHO Regional office for Europe
Scherfigsvej 8
DK-2100 Copenhagen
Phone: +45 3917 1296


Ms. Brenda Van den Bergh
WHO Regional Office for Europe
Scherfigsvej 8
DK-2100 Copenhagen
Phone: +45 39171401


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