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21 DecemberNDPHS e-Newsletter 2/2007 now available
Polish added as the third language on the NDPHS website
 

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The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) is pleased to announce that the second issue of its bi-annual e-Newsletter is now available on the NDPHS website. Moreover, we are pleased to inform you that our website is now available in three languages, i.e., English, Polish and Russian. Both the e-Newsletter and the website are results of the NDPHS Database project currently under implementation.

NDPHS e-Newsletter 2/2007

This issue opens with brief information about the recent Partnership Annual Conference, which was held at ministerial level. A host of the outcomes of this event are described in this front-page article. Further, two articles are included – one written by the previous CSR Chair who looks back at the Lithuanian Chairmanship and presents its highlights. The other of them looks ahead and features the new CSR Chair’s outline of critical areas for the Partnership’s future action. Finally, three concrete results delivered recently by the Partnership are briefly described: the NDPHS Strategy on Health at Work, the NDPHS Database and the NDPHS Project Pipeline. Each of them being adopted/approved at the ministerial PAC, they form important pillars on which the Partnership will build its future activities. The newly developed Polish version of the NDPHS website is also mentioned in this e-Newsletter.

The e-Newsletter can be downloaded from the NDPHS website at http://www.ndphs.org/?e-newsletter.

Number of languages of the NDPHS website is growing

From now on the NDPHS website (including the integrated NDPHS Database and Project Pipeline) is now also available in the Polish language. This was possible thanks to the much appreciated support of the Polish Office for Foreign Aid Programmes in Health Care. Offering a website in three languages is very unique among networks such as the NPDHS and is a clear demonstration of the Partnership’s efforts to reach out to as many people and stakeholders in the region as possible. By doing this, the Partnership aims to not only disseminate information among them, but also to encourage them to become involved in activities to improve public health and social well-being. All visitors of the NDPHS website can enjoy comprehensive information as well as a variety of useful tools and features presented with a user-friendly structure.

View our website at www.ndphs.org available in English, Polish and Russian and keep an eye on policy developments and explore the world of the NDPHS – a partnership committed to delivering tangible results!

 

While thanking all the Partners and other supporters of the NDPHS for their commitment to the Partnership’s goals and their efforts during this year, we would like to wish all of them and the recipients of the NDPHS e-news a peaceful holiday season as well as prosperous and successful year 2008!

NDPHS Secretariat

 


This document arises from the project “NDPHS Project Database” which has received funding from the European Union, in the framework of the Public Health Programme. The sole responsibility for that document lies with the NDPHS Secretariat. The Public Health Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

16 NovemberThe NDPHS holds a ministerial-level conference.
Ambitious strategy and work plan adopted; an on-line Project Pipeline and a Database launched; Norway and Russia to lead the Partnership for the next two years
 

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Vilnius, Lithuania. Hosted by the Lithuanian Minister of Health, Mr. Rimvydas Turčinskas, the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) held today a Partnership Annual Conference (PAC) – its highest decision-making body. The event was the culmination of the Lithuanian Chairmanship of the Partnership and was attended by Ministers of Health and/or Social Affairs and other high representatives of Partners, as well as Portugal acting in its capacity as the current EU Presidency. The participants discussed a wide spectrum of issues related to public health and social well-being in Northern Europe, in general, and the Partnership’ progress to date and future work, in particular.

One of the highlights of this event was the adoption of the “Partnership Strategy on Health at Work aimed to reduce non-communicable diseases to benefit the health and well-being of women and men in the work environment. This strategy was developed by one of the Partnership’s expert groups and subsequently refined by top level experts from the region and beyond it, who met at a NDPHS Forum “Healthy Life – Healthy Work” organized in Vilnius the day before.

As stated by Minister Turčinskas, "among the countries in the Northern Dimension Partnership Region great variations in working conditions and, in some areas, lack of preventive occupational health services are important sources of enormous inequities in health. Large differences in basic safety and health approaches and regulatory policies may cause transfer of hazardous operations and dumping of hazardous chemicals and machinery, they may result in unfair competition, and infringement of the human rights of working people. Today, the Partnership decided to take a determined action to help alleviate this situation. We hope that the Partnership Strategy will be one component to help realizing the occupational safety and health strategies of the WHO, the ILO and the European Union. The systematic approach of the Strategy, developing policies, programmes and systems for health at work and linking the public health and occupational health systems will harness the resources of both systems for a coherent and effective delivery of health services for the working age population."

While approving the NDPHS Progress Report for 2007, the Conference noted with satisfaction that the Partnership made a rapid progress and delivered tangible results by running a wide array of concrete and pragmatic activities. To that end, the Conference agreed that, being on the one hand, a unique multi-facetted structure and a broad network as well as its well-established expert groups and its secretariat, and, on the other hand, a set of tools such as the Database and the Project Pipeline launched today, the NDPHS is now ready to step up its efforts and reinforce its instrumental role in the implementation of the Northern Dimension policy.

The participants of the Conference also discussed future direction of the Partnership and its development and adopted the NDPHS Work Plan for 2008. During 2008 the Partnership will continue directing its overall efforts to achieving the following two main objectives:

  • Reducing major communicable diseases and prevention of life-style related non communicable diseases;
  • Enhancing and promoting healthy and socially rewarding lifestyles.

Seven action lines have been agreed upon, which will help the Partnership to implement its ambitious work plan.

Being main pillars of the Partnership, the NDPHS Expert Groups will also play a major role in the implementation of the NDPHS Work Plan. All of them had developed their own individual work plans, which were now adopted as parts of the Partnership’s work plan.

Finally, while thanking Lithuania for a very successful Chairmanship of the Partnership during its two-year term, the PAC elected Norway as the Partnership Chair and Russia as the Co-Chair for the next two years.

Ms. Rigmor Aasrud, Deputy Minister of the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services stated that “Norway is looking forward to chairing the Partnership together with the Russian Federation. Our ambition is that Partnership’s activities in areas such as policy shaping, project development and implementation, information collection and dissemination, etc. be further increased aimed at delivering tangible results both to the Partners, and our region in general.”

The Conclusions by the Chair presenting in brief the outcome of the Conference are available at the NDPHS website.

Two internet-based tools launched for public use

During its conference, the Partnership made a public launch of two internet-based tools – the NDPHS Database and the NDPHS Project Pipeline. Both of them have been designed to benefits organisations, institutions and people in the region and beyond it.

The NDPHS Database aims to facilitate coordinated and harmonized collection and presentation of information and data on (i) ongoing and implemented projects, (ii) organisations and (iii) persons (project leaders, experts, etc.) working with public health and social well-being issues in Northern Europe. So far, eight external databases have been connected to the NDPHS Database that already now offers, for example, information about hundreds of implemented projects. Further databases will be connected in the near future.

Organisations and people are invited to use this open tool and submit their own information to it for public display. (Read more at www.ndphs.org/?database).

The NDPHS Project Pipeline aims to serve as a multi-agency on-line project funding coordination tool, which helps proceeding from a project idea through project application to project financing. As such it will offer a "market place" for project proponents (organizations and individuals) and project financing agencies working for public health and social well-being in Northern Europe. (Read more at www.ndphs.org/?pipeline). Already today, Finland announced that it would contribute EUR 1.5 million for project development and implementation, and would channel this contribution through the NDPHS Project Pipeline. On its part, the NDPHS will continue its efforts to encourage more countries and financing agencies having interest in the Northern Dimension area to further increase their visibility and out-reach by using the pipeline.

NDPHS is…

The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being is a cooperative effort of thirteen governments, the European Commission and eight intergovernmental organisations. The Partnership's mission is to promote sustainable development of the Northern Dimension area by improving peoples’ health and social well-being. It aims to contribute to this process by intensifying cooperation, assisting the Partners and Participants in capacity building, and by enhancing coordination between international activities within the Northern Dimension area. In doing so, it builds on and supports existing national and international activities within its area of focus, and also promotes efforts addressing issues that are not yet covered by its existing activities.

View our website at www.ndphs.org and keep an eye on policy developments and explore the world of the NDPHS – a partnership committed to achieving tangible results!

Further information:

NDPHS Secretariat
Strömsborg
P.O. Box 2010
103 11 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Phone (switchboard): +46 8 440 1920
Fax: +46 8 440 1944
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org

24 AugustThe NDPHS – a growing Partnership
The ND Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being acquires a new Partner – Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC)
 

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The NDPHS, a dynamic partnership of countries and organizations committed to improving the quality of life and the demographic situation in Northern Europe, has just been joined by one more international organisation – the Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC).*

As a result of this enlargement, the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being comprises now 13 countries, the European Commission and 8 international organisations.

The NDPHS welcomed the BSSSC among its partners considering the prominent role that the BSSSC plays in the Baltic Sea Region as regards the cooperation at the level of sub-regional authorities. By getting the BSSSC on-board, the NDPHS will be able to better reach out to this important stakeholder group and involve sub-regions in its efforts, which will complement the already well-established state governments’ level within the Partnership.

On its own part, the BSSSC plans to reinforce and further increase its own involvement and activities in the area of quality of life and public health. This will be achieved through, amongst other, the establishment of a BSSSC Working Group on Public Health whose tasks will include sharing experiences and advocating the need to take measures on national and EU levels. The NDPHS will also be able to benefit from the BSSSC’s expertise arising from its own ongoing project focusing on health and quality of life in the Baltic Sea Region, and involving 32 partners coming from 8 countries from the region and representing various levels.

By participating in the NDPHS, the BSSSC and its sub-regions will, inter alia, intensify co-operation in the field of social and health development of its member sub-regions, improve capacity to set priorities in public health and social well-being and benefit from the work of the NDPHS expert groups.

 


 
View our website at www.ndphs.org and keep an eye on policy developments and explore the world of the NDPHS – a partnership committed to achieving tangible results!


Further information:

NDPHS Secretariat
Strömsborg
P.O. Box 2010
103 11 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Phone (switchboard): +46 8 440 1920
Fax: +46 8 440 1944
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org


* Read more about BSSSC on www.bsssc.com

 

18 JuneFollowing the recent launch of its website, the NDPHS now opens two new information channels.
The first issue of the NDPHS e-Newsletter and a presentation now available at the NDPHS website
 

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Following the recent launch of its new website, the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) is pleased to announce opening of two more information channels:

NDPHS e-Newsletter 1/2007

It opens with a general introduction of the Northern Dimension concept to present the political framework policy within which the Partnership operates. Further, in light of this issue’s special focus on the NDPHS, there are four articles that present the NDPHS’ main objectives and priority areas, its four core Expert Groups as well as one example of a multifaceted, cross-cutting activity involving various NDPHS bodies and aimed at achieving tangible results – the NDPHS Database project.

The e-Newsletter can be downloaded from the NDPHS website at http://www.ndphs.org/?e-newsletter.

Attractive and informative presentation

It presents the political framework within which the NDPHS operates, its goals, objectives and priorities. Partnership’s structure (including its Expert Groups) and other tools used by the NDPHS to achieve its goals are presented, too, as well as examples of concrete achievements during 2007 and of actions that will be taken during the second half of 2007.

The presentation is graphically attractive and has been developed in two integrated sections so as to allow viewers to enjoy a shorter presentation (16 slides) and an extended presentation (28 slides).

The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded from the NDPHS website at http://www.ndphs.org/?presentations.

Both the e-Newsletter and the presentation will be presented during the Northern Dimension Steering Group meeting in Brussels, Belgium, on 19 June 2007.

 

View our website at www.ndphs.org and keep an eye on policy developments and explore the world of the NDPHS – a partnership committed to delivering tangible results!

NDPHS Secretariat

 


This document arises from the project “NDPHS Project Database” which has received funding from the European Union, in the framework of the Public Health Programme. The sole responsibility for that document lies with the NDPHS Secretariat. The Public Health Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

29 MayA new information gateway to public health and social well-being.
The NDPHS is launching its new website
 

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Founded in 2003 in Norway, the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS)* works to improve the quality of life and the demographic situation in Northern Europe, and foremost north-west Russia. As a part of a major international effort to achieve sustainable development, it tackles societal problems such as alcoholism, communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS) and disparities in access and promotion of health services and care.

13 governments and 8 intergovernmental organisations established the Partnership, as a platform to (i) discuss and agree on priorities in policy making through increased cooperation in the spheres tackled by the NDPHS, and (ii) enhance coordination of international activities aimed at narrowing social and economic differences and improving human health and social well-being.

The NDPHS operates through Expert Groups dealing with questions related to HIV/AIDS, Prison Health, Primary Health Care as well as Social Inclusion, Healthy Lifestyles and Work Ability (SIHLWA).

Today, during the opening of a SIHLWA Expert Group’s meeting in Helsinki, Finland – in the course of which the participants will discuss past and future actions to fight alcoholism, promote adolescent health, and secure occupational safety and health – the NDPHS launches its new website.

As highlighted by the NDPHS Head of Secretariat, Mr Marek Maciejowski:
“The NDPHS is proud to open a new gateway to information about public health and social well-being in Northern Europe. New rich features such as a Project Pipeline and a Project Database will be added in the near future making our website a must-visit Internet place for those working with sustainable development issues.”

You are invited to visit our website in English and Russian, and enjoy comprehensive information as well as a variety of useful tools and features presented with a user-friendly structure:

  • Click for facts and figures on Partner Countries and Organisations;
  • Download documents, policy recommendations and reports;
  • Use an advanced search tool and find links to health and social well-being issues and actors;
  • You may even submit your own news by using the website’s open access tool.

Keep an eye on policy developments and explore the world of the NDPHS at www.ndphs.org!

Further information:

NDPHS Secretariat
Strömsborg
P.O. Box 2010
SE-13011 Stockholm
Phone (switchboard): +46 8 4401920
Fax: +46 8 4401944
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org

 

*/ The NDPHS Partners are: Canada, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden as well as the European Commission (EC), the Barents-Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC), the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Nordic Council of Ministries (NCM), the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

 


This document arises from the project “NDPHS Project Database” which has received funding from the European Union, in the framework of the Public Health Programme. The sole responsibility for that document lies with the NDPHS Secretariat. The Public Health Executive Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

 

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