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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, 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.

Role and objectives 

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:

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.


View all calendar events of relevance to the PPHS 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 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.  

Further information 

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.
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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