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14 DecemberNDPHS e-Newsletter 2/2009 - 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 a short article informing about the outcomes of the ministerial-level Partnership Annual Conference (PAC), which took place in Oslo and marked the end of the Norwegian chairmanship of the NDPHS. One of the Conference’s highlights was the adoption of the new NDPHS Strategy. The Strategy and its significance for the future of the NDPHS are described in a separate article.

The PAC was preceded by a side-event, i.e. a “Good Prison Health – Better Public Health – Safer Society” Conference, which focused on the issue of prison health as a part of the general public health. Two articles written by the Chairperson of the NDPHS Prison Health Expert Group explore this issue in-depth and discuss the importance and necessity for developing closer links or integration between Prison Health and Public Health Services as a part of a concerted effort to develop a safer society.

The issue closes with an article presenting the outcomes of the drug and alcohol prevention project among youth in St. Petersburg. The project was the beacon activity of the NDPHS Adolescent Health Expert Sub-group. One of the results of the project was the establishment of a network of experts, which involves social sector, schools and NGOs. Even though the project has been completed, the network continues to work against alcohol abuse among the youth.

Please note that NDPHS e-Newsletters are only distributed in electronic format and can be downloaded from the NDPHS website at http://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 2010!

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

27 NovemberThe NDPHS holds a ministerial-level conference. A new NDPHS Strategy and a Declaration on Prison Health adopted; Russia and Finland to lead the Partnership for the next two years.
 

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Hosted by the Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services, Ms. Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) held yesterday in Oslo, Norway, a Partnership Annual Conference (PAC) - its highest decision-making body. The event marked the end of the Norwegian chairmanship of the Partnership. The participants held a discussion on a wide spectrum of issues related to public health and social well-being in the Northern Dimension area, with the focus on the new NDPHS Strategy and the Prison Health as the main themes of the conference.

One of the highlights of this event was the adoption of the "Declaration on Principles of Cooperation between Prison Health and Public Health Services and Development of a Safer Society." This Declaration emphasises that prison health is part of public health. To that end, it calls upon the NDPHS Partner Countries and Organisations to facilitate links between prison medical services and public health services; to encourage operation within codes of human rights and medical ethics; to promote rehabilitation as the purpose of incarceration; to decrease exposure to communicable disease and to raise the level of medical care to meet community standards.

The Conference reviewed the progress of the Partnership and approved the NDPHS Progress Report for 2009. A number of tangible results have been delivered by the Partnership through a wide array of concrete and pragmatic activities which included, but were not limited to: information sharing and dialogue, policy development, project development and implementation, networking solidification, expertise exchange, information production and dissemination, advocacy, as well as administrative and organizational issues. The track record of the Partnership's achievements clearly demonstrates that it is doing useful work, which contributes to improving public health and social well-being in the region.

The Conference also discussed future direction of the Partnership and its development, and adopted a new NDPHS Strategy, which will guide the Partnership's work during the coming four years. This strategy places focus on policy and strategy development, as well as coordination and project facilitation. It underlines the need to strengthen the social well-being dimension in the NDPHS work and foresees that the four currently operating NDPHS Expert Groups will be restructured and, where necessary, new groups be established, all of which will focus on the implementation of concrete time-bound actions. Importantly, the strategy identifies goals and corresponding mid-term operational targets and indicators which aim to make the Partnership more responsive to regional challenges and its work more focused on achieving specific, measurable and time-targeted objectives as well as on evaluating its progress.

Further, while underlining the importance of increased Partnership's efforts to successfully implement the new NDPHS Strategy, the PAC adopted the NDPHS Work Plan for 2010.

Finally, while thanking Norway for successfully chairing the Partnership during its two-year term, the PAC elected the Russian Federation as the Partnership Chair and Finland as the Co-Chair for the next two years.

Russia has been the co-chair under Norway's two year chairmanship period. The Norwegian government highly values collaboration in the high north, and each year we allocate a significant amount of resources for developing and strengthening the health collaboration between Norway and North-West Russia. It is therefore important that our relations with the federal level in the Russian Federation are also good, something I experience that this chairmanship period has contributed to, said Ms Strom-Erichsen. I appreciate that Russia is now taking over the chairmanship of the Partnership, and find that it demonstrates the importance of the Partnership for Public Health and Social Well-being as an important framework for the health collaboration between the EU and neighbouring countries in the north.

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

NDPHS is...

The NDPHS is a cooperative effort of thirteen governments, the European Commission and eight international organisations. It provides a forum for concerted action to tackle challenges to health and social well-being in the Northern Dimension area. 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 area

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! You are also welcome to read a recently developed NDPHS leaflet available in several languages at www.ndphs.org/?leaflet.

Further information:

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

 

 
23 SeptemberProject-based activities get a boost in the NDPHS
 

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NDPHS “ImPrim” project approved for funding from the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013  

The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) is proud to announce that the “ImPrim – Improvement of public health by promotion of equitably distributed high quality primary health care systems” project facilitated by the NDPHS has been approved by the Monitoring Committee for financing from the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013.

The project aims to help increase cost-efficiency of the public health system and more efficiently counteracting communicable diseases as well as health problems related to social factors.

To achieve its objectives, the project will strive to improve prerequisites for:
• Decreasing territorial disparities in the supply of health system;
• Increasing the quality of primary health care services;
• Increasing the financial and human resources for primary health care.

The project consortium is led by the Swedish Committee for International Health Care Collaboration (SEEC).The duration of the project is 36 months and the project’s budget amounts to EUR 2.644 million. Read more

Norwegian funding for projects available through the NDPHS Project Pipeline

The NDPHS is also pleased to announce that the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services (HOD) has recently issued a new call for project proposals. NOK 6,000,000 has been allocated for projects, with the ceiling amount of co-funding amounting to NOK 1,000,000 per project.

The HOD funding programme is primarily designed for Norwegian-Russian Cooperation in the area of public health. There is no general requirement regarding the time span of a project. The duration can vary from several months to several years. However, grants are given on a one-year basis, and for projects lasting more than a year, a new application will have to be made each year.

Project proposals should be submitted through the NDPHS Project Pipeline no later than 15 October 2009. For further details visit www.ndphs.org/?pipeline,donor,view,10.


Fact-sheet on alcohol released

As supplementary information, we are also pleased to announce that the NDPHS issued a fact-sheet Early Identification and Brief Intervention on hazardous and harmful alcohol consumption in the Baltic Sea Region. It presents an EIBI method aimed to help prevent addictions rather than treating them. It was presented at the NDPHS information stand during the EU Expert Conference on Alcohol and Health held on 21-22 September 2009, in Stockholm, Sweden.

You can download this and other fact-sheets in many languages at www.ndphs.org/?folder_and_factsheets.


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

 

 

29 JuneNDPHS e-Newsletter 1/2009 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 first 2009 issue of its bi-annual e-Newsletter is now available on the NDPHS website.

The issue opens with an article from the Chairman of the HIV/AIDS Expert Group, which outlines the pressing need to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Northern Dimensions Area. Following this article are the conference outcomes from the 5th European Conference on Clinical and Social Research on AIDS and Drugs, which took place 28-30 April 2009 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The next article describes the NDPHS contributions to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. The NDPHS emphasizes that public health and social well-being are important cross-cutting factors for the prosperity, security and attractiveness of the Baltic Sea Region.

The issue closes with the health and social affairs priorities of the fast approaching Swedish EU Presidency. The rights of patients to receive healthcare in another EU country and the so-called “pharmaceutical packet” are among the priorities outlined in the article.

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

Improvements have been made to NDPHS website

We are also proud to announce that several improvements have been made to the NDPHS website to make it more user-friendly and attractive. Check our website at www.ndphs.org to 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

 

19 JanuaryNDPHS contributes to the development of the European Union’s Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
 

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region is being developed by the European Commission in response to the request made by the European Council in December 2007.

The development of the Strategy is based, inter alia, on a series of open consultations that took/will take place during late 2008 and early 2009. The NDPHS actively takes part in the development of the Strategy by contributing its views during regional consultation events, as well as by having presented its position paper to the Commission.

In its position paper, the NDPHS stated that, thanks to its regional character and unique composition, it had both the capacity for policy and strategy formulation as well as for the implementation of concrete measures. Because of this, it continued, it was well equipped to make its contribution to the implementation of the Strategy, and was prepared to do so.

The basic premise of the NDPHS position paper was that there is a need to properly address the issues of public health and social well-being as important cross-cutting factors for the prosperity, security and attractiveness of the Baltic Sea Region in the Strategy. Following this, the NDPHS proposed three strategic actions within its prioritised areas for inclusion in the Action Plan, along with several accompanying project proposals.

Read the NDPHS position paper, which is available in the NDPHS Database at www.ndphs.org/?database,view,paper,53.

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