- NDPHS issues its e-Newsletter 1/2014, which provides latest news and updates on recent NDPHS activities, and other interesting events and developments. (Read more)
- The NDPHS holds a ministerial-level conference, discusses main challenges to health and social well-being in the region and sets priorities for the future regional cooperation. Germany and Estonia to lead the Partnership for the next two years. (Read more)
- 9th Meeting of the Expert Group on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, 22-23 September 2014
- 18th meeting of the EG Chairs and ITAs, 25 September 2014
- Drafting team workshop on HIV, TB and associated infections, 26 September, Helsinki
- 2nd Meeting of the HIV Project Steering Group, 29 September 2014
- Training on the implementation of evidence-based HIV and AI prevention, 30 September - 02 October 2014
- 10th Meeting of the Expert Group on Primary Health and Prison Health Systems (PPHS EG) in Riga, September 17 - 18, 2014.
- Meeting of the drafting team to prepare inputs to the Action Plan of the 2014-2020 NDPHS Strategy with regards to Objective 3 of the Strategy, 8 September 2014 in Helsinki
- 9th meeting of the Expert Group on HIV/AIDS and Associated Infections, 28-29 August 2014
- 9th Meeting of the Expert Group on Non-Communicable Diseases related to Lifestyles and Social and Work Environments, 13 June 2014
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.
EXPERT GROUP ON PRIMARY HEALTH AND PRISON HEALTH SYSTEMS
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, including in prison settings, 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 the then Expert Group on Prison Health.
Following the adoption of the NDPHS Strategy, which defines specific goals and linked to them concrete actions, in June 2010 the NDPHS Committee of Senior Representatives reshaped the former Expert Groups and established, inter alia, an Expert Group on Primary Health and Prison Health Systems (PPHS EG). The group operates according to its Terms of Reference, and has been tasked to implement the agreed actions until the end of 2013.
The PPHS 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 (Sweden), supported by the Co-Lead Partner (Russia). 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.
The main role of the PPHS EG is to act as the focal point for national inputs from the Partner Countries and Organisations on issues concerning primary health care for all individuals, including those confined to imprisonment. The Group works towards the strengthening of primary health and prison health systems and, in accordance with the NDPHS Strategy, aims to contribute to the achievement of the two following goals: (i) reduction of inequality in access to qualified primary health care in the Northern Dimension area and (ii) ensuring that prison policy in the Northern Dimension area provides for that the health and other needs of inmates are readily met and easily accessed, and that gender specific needs of women and the needs of children accompanying their mothers are addressed.
Within these strategic goals, the responsibilities of the PPHS EG include, but are not limited to the following:
- Contributing to the development of national policies that respond to the needs and requirements of the Partner Countries;
- Promoting general awareness concerning the role and significance of comprehensive primary health care, including health issues related to penitentiary institutions, as one of the cornerstones of a well-functioning health care system;
- Working towards the development of positive attitudes towards professionals in health care, social and penitentiary services;
- Promoting the principles and objectives of the Partnership in the field of health systems development with a special emphasis on primary health care and community health promotion for all citizens including those confined to imprisonment and develop strong partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders to ensure that the Partnership achieves maximum results;
- In collaboration with suitable implementing agencies, formulating and developing ideas for project proposals, facilitating the project application, and if funding is available, follow up on their implementation;
- Supporting efforts to provide technical and other forms of assistance to governmental and national partners in planning, implementing and monitoring programs to scale up primary and prison health care systems for all citizens.
The Expert Group monitors the progress of the Task Group on Antimicrobial Resistance and is answerable to the CSR and PAC. It also establishes and maintains collaborative relationship with other NDPHS groups on cross-cutting actions and other issues included in the NDPHS Strategy.
The Expert Group's activities follow the priorities set out in the NDPHS Strategy and are being implemented in accordance with the NDPHS Work Plan for 2010.
Information about the Expert Group's activities will be available soon after the first meeting of the group.
The PPHS 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.
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 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 (read also about NDPHS reporting to the European Commission on the progress in the implementation of the EUSBSR Action Plan priority subarea on health).
The progress reports of the former PHC EG and the former PH EG, which were, inter alia, covering the issues dealt with by the PPHS EG, are available as annexes to the NDPHS annual Progress Reports.
We plan to develop information sheets about the newly established Expert Groups and Task Groups during the 2010/2011 winter season. In the meantime you may read four fact sheets developed by the former PHC EG and the former PH EG, two of them presenting basic information about the respective Expert Group's mission, action areas and activities (fact sheet 6/2008 and fact sheet 8/2008, respectively) and the other two presenting key findings of the respective Expert Group's thematic report (fact sheet 7/2008 and fact sheet 9/2008, respectively).
Visit also the NDPHS Database, which provides a growing number of papers (publications, newsletters, etc.) and projects, dealing with primary health and prison 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 and prison health in the NDPHS Database, sorted by:
Please note that you can also submit your own information on primary health and prison health issues to the database (read more).
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.
Phone: +7 495 6183268
Fax: +7 495 6183268
International Technical Advisor
Mr. Arnoldas Jurgutis
H. Manto str. 84
Phone: +370 69836674
Fax: +370 46398560
Mr. Zaza Tsereteli
Tartu mnt 16-18
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
Phone: +372 620 8292
Fax: +372 620 8272
Ms. Paula Vainiomäki
University of Turku/Turku Univ. Hospital
Phone: + 358 40 7010014
Fax: + 358 2 3338439
Mr. Simo Kokko
National Institute for Health and Welfare
P.O. Box 220
Phone: + 358 503 620 446
Fax: + 358 9 396 72417
Mr. Marc Lehmann
Berlin Prison Hospital
Saatwinkeler Damm 1 a
Phone: +49 30 90144 1300
Fax: +49 30 90144 1258
Mr. Aigars Miezītis
Centre of Health Economics of Latvia
12/22 Duntes street
Phone: +371 67387650
Fax: +371 67501591
Ms. Kristina Kipena
Ministry of Justice of Latvia
15 Raiņa bulv.
Phone: +371 67046124
Ms. Silvija Pablaka
Ministry of Health of Latvia
72 Brīvības street
Phone: +371 67876087
Fax: +371 67876002
Ms. Eglė Savulienė
Ministry of Health
Vilnius str. 33
Phone: +370 5 260 4895
Fax: +370 5 266 1402
Ms. Birutė Semėnaitė
Prison Department under the Ministry of Justice
Phone: +370 5 271 9085
Fax: +370 5 275 2778
Mr. Andreas Skulberg
Mininstry of Justice and the Police
P.O. Box: 8005 Dep
Phone: + 47 22245580
Mr. Jacek Putz
The Medical Centre of Postgraduate Education
Kleczewska 61/63 Str.
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.
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
Phone: +45 3917 1296
Ms. Brenda Van den Bergh
WHO Regional Office for Europe
Phone: +45 39171401