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21 DecemberNDPHS e-Newsletter 2/2008 now available. NDPHS news and updates at a glance
 

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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.

This issue opens with brief information about the Partnership Annual Conference (PAC) in Ottawa, Canada, which focused on the five-year evaluation of the Partnership that was conducted earlier this year. Related to this article is another one, which offers highlights about the PAC’s side event that was dedicated to the health of Indigenous and remote northern communities.

Further, short news from two interesting events, during which the NDPHS delivered statements, are presented. One of them is the first Ministerial Meeting of the renewed Northern Dimension, during which the ministers “welcomed the steps which have been undertaken to intensify the activity, visibility and effectiveness of the Partnership, including the launching of the project and publications database and the creation of a ‘project pipeline,’ which matches donors with project ideas.” The other event is the European Health Forum Gastein ’08, a landmark on the European map of health-related events.

The issue closes with the last update about the NDPHS Database project. This project, which has financed the development of the NDPHS e-Newsletter and other web-based tools of the Partnership, is now coming to an end, and therefore, this issue takes a look back at the progress made, and looks forth at the planned follow-up.

NDPHS e-Newsletters are only distributed in electronic format and can be downloaded from the NDPHS website at www.ndphs.org/?e-newsletter.

 

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 2009! 
 
NDPHS Secretariat


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

 


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 Executive Agency for Health and Consumers is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

01 JulyNDPHS e-Newsletter 1/2008 now available. NDPHS news and updates at a glance
 

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The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) is pleased to announce that a new issue of its bi-annual e-Newsletter is now available on the NDPHS website.

This issue opens with brief information about the 7th Baltic Sea States Summit in Riga where the Heads of Government “acknowledged the importance of good public health and social well-being” and agreed that “regional efforts in these fields should, therefore, be continued and strengthened.” While reiterating their commitment to the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being they recognised that the NDPHS provides a platform to further advance work in the social welfare and health care sector and also noted with satisfaction that the NDPHS has established mechanisms to facilitate donor contributions and project application.

Two articles of the e-Newsletter explore this funding mechanism that the heads of government referred to more in depth: The Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs already disbursed over 750.000 EUR through the NDPHS project pipeline. Furthermore the East Europe Committee of the Swedish Health Care Community (SEEC) has decided to channel approx. 1.2 Million EUR through the project pipeline for health-related projects in Belarus. Combined with the ongoing funding schemes of Finland and Norway the pipeline therefore will soon provide funding opportunities of over 4 million EUR.

The e-Newsletter once more informs about the NDPHS Expert Groups thematic reports, which were already presented in our last e-news, issued on 03 June 2008. The thematic reports, dealing with HIV/AIDS, Primary Health Care, Occupational Safety and Health, and Woman’s Health in Prison can be found in the papers section of the NDPHS database (www.ndphs.org/?database).

Another highlight of this issue is the report from the seminar on Primary Health Care, held on 23 May 2008, in Vilnius, Lithuania, where prominent speakers discussed why the region is in need for stronger primary health care. Professor Barbara Starfield, from the John Hopkins University, assumed that the need of better health for the population, lower costs and a greater equity in health would be worthwhile pursuing this goal and the NDPHS Expert Group on Primary Health Care presented recommendations how this vision could become a reality.

The e-Newsletter also provides information about the recently published NDPHS folder with fact sheets, which are ready for download at: www.ndphs.org/?folder_and_factsheets.

NDPHS e-Newsletters are only distributed in electronic format and can be downloaded from the NDPHS website at www.ndphs.org/?e-newsletter.

 
NDPHS Secretariat


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!


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

 


This document partly 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.

03 JuneNDPHS submits a report and a folder with fact sheets to the 7th Summit of the Heads of Governments of the Baltic Sea States. Challenges to public health and social well-being identified and recommendations for action presented.
 
Good public health and social well-being are indispensible for our societies to thrive” is the title of the report that the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) submits for the attention of the Heads of Government and the European Commission meeting tomorrow for the 7th Baltic Sea States Summit, in Riga, Latvia.
 
The report outlines major achievements of the NDPHS during the last two years and – with reference to four thematic reports developed by the NDPHS Expert Groups – addresses to the attention of the Summit participants several challenges and gaps coupled with recommendations. Finally, the report summarises the role that the NDPHS plans to play in tackling these issues.
 
Boosted by funding provided by Partners, the Partnership made a rapid progress and delivered tangible results by running a wide array of concrete and pragmatic activities ranging from high-level ministerial dialogue, policy development, project development and implementation to networking solidification, expertise exchange, information production and dissemination, as well as advocacy.
Specifically, the NDPHS Expert Groups have been busy developing and running a portfolio of projects as well as developing four thematic reports. (Available for download in the Papers section of the NDPHS Databasepapers ID 19-22). These reports cover four thematic areas and spell out clear messages:
  • HIV/AIDS is one of the most serious soft security threats in our region;
  • We need better primary health care for better health of the people;
  • Women’s health in prison requires increased attention;
  • Occupational safety and health of men and women need to be improved.
 
For each of the themes an in-depth analysis of situation in selected geographical areas is provided and actions that need to be taken to address the identified challenges and gaps are outlined. These reports are complemented by a folder with eleven fact-sheets, which briefly present key findings of the thematic reports as well as other interesting information such as about useful tools offered by the NDPHS to the people in our region and beyond it.
 
Two unique tools have particularly been praised in the report submitted to the Heads of Government. The first of them is a project funding coordination tool (a project pipeline) that has been designed to help streamline project proponents’ and financing agencies’ efforts aimed at the improvement of public health and social well-being in our region. Already during this year the NDPHS Project pipeline announced project funding amounting to EUR 3 million, part of which has already been allocated for projects addressing, among others, challenges and gaps identified by the NDPHS Expert Groups. It is expected that additional funding will be announced in the pipeline soon.
 
Another unique tool offered by the Partnership to the people and organisations in our region and beyond it is a NDPHS Database that is a unique single access point to and a repository of information and data on: (i) ongoing and implemented projects, (ii) organisations, (iii), persons and (iv) papers. It has been developed to help everyone to collect and submit information, share experience and expertise, find project partners, etc. Already now it contains approx. 1000 records abundant in information and the number of records is growing.
 
The NDPHS report to the Summit closes by highlighting the Partnership’s capacity to support regional efforts to make the recommendations presented in the report a reality and stressing the importance of continued commitment of its Partners as the main prerequisite for its success. 
 

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www.ndphs.org and keep an eye on policy developments and explore the world of the NDPHS – a partnership committed to delivering tangible results!
 
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Strömsborg
P.O. Box 2010
103 11 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Phone (switchboard): +46 8 440 1920
Fax: +46 8 440 1944
01 FebruaryFinland launches EUR 1.5 mln funding programme through the NDPHS Project Pipeline.
NDPHS Database extended to host publications.
 

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The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) is pleased to announce funding available through the NDPHS Project Pipeline for projects aiming to improve health and social well-being in the Northern Dimension area. Moreover, we are pleased to inform you that our Database has been extended to also include publications and other papers.

Apply for funding for projects in North West Russia

Starting from today organisations from NDPHS Partner countries (and more specifically the EU and EEA member states) as well as international organisations may apply for funding for technical assistance/development projects in the North West Russia Federal District thanks to generous offer of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, which has decided to disburse EUR 1.5 million for this purpose. This funding is available for projects covering a broad array of thematic areas of relevance to public health and social well-being. Project proposals are accepted until the end of this year and the project activities need to be completed by 30 November 2009.

Finnish funding will be channelled through the NDPHS Project Pipeline that, combined with the NDPHS Database, is an instrument that the NDPHS offers to its Partners and other stakeholders in the Northern Dimension area to help them coordinate activities in this region. At the same time project applicants will benefit from being able to use this tool in proceeding from a project idea through project application to project financing. As a complementary feature, the Project Pipeline offers links to the websites of several other financing agencies to assist project applicants in identifying potential financiers outside the NDPHS Project Pipeline.

Further details as well as the on-line project application form are available in the NDPHS Project Pipeline (www.ndphs.org/?pipeline).

Submit, edit and view publications in the NDPHS Database

In its ongoing effort to provide a unique single access point to and a repository of information and data on public health and social well-being in the Northern Dimension area, the NDPHS has now extended its Database with a new section designed to host various types of papers (policy papers, reports, newsletters, etc.). This section complements the three previously developed sections on (i) ongoing and implemented projects, (ii) organisations and (iii), persons (project leaders, experts, etc.). All sections are integrated one with another so as to bring information closer to people, institutions and organisations in a clearly structured and well-organised way. And just as is case with the other three sections, the "Papers" section allows visitors to not only search for and find information collected from a variety of sources, but also to submit their own information for public display.

Further details are available at www.ndphs.org/?database.


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




This document partly 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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