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21 DecemberNDPHS e-Newsletter 2/2011 - 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 a short article informing about the outcomes of the ministerial-level Partnership Annual Conference (PAC), which took place in St. Petersburg and marked the end of the Russian chairmanship of the NDPHS. Among the Conference’s highlights were the signing the Agreement on the Establishment of the NDPHS Secretariat, the adoption of the NDPHS position paper aimed to raise the profile of health and social well-being and the approval of the NDPHS Action Statement on Non-communicable Diseases. Read about these two papers in separate articles, as well as an article by Professor Pekka Puska on prevention of the global epidemic of Non-communicable diseases.

Further, we write about the outcomes of the 3rd Senior Officials Meeting of the renewed Northern Dimension, as well as the 2nd Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), and the NDPHS’ contribution to these two events.

Following the above you will find a number of articles about project based activities, including an article on a project aimed at preventing the spread of HIV and TB in the Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia. The results of two health-related flagship projects of the EUSBSR Action Plan are also presented, as well as PrimCare IT, a new project aimed at counteracting brain drain and professional isolation of health professionals.

You will also find updates about the activities of the Swedish ESF Council towards strengthening the social dimension in the EUSBSR, as well as the ScanBalt BioRegion, which strives to turn Northern Europe into a globally recognized health and life sciences “macro region”.

Further, we invite you to read an article about the study that the NDPHS Task Group on Antimicrobial Resistance is developing to gather better data on ESBL and ESBL-carba/CPE, bacteria against which very few if any antibiotics work. The issue closes with information about the process of developing the European Action Plan for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services and the first sub-regional technical consultation which will take place in Helsinki, Finland, on 31 January and 1 February 2012.

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

We thank all the Partners and other supporters of the NDPHS for their commitment to the Partnership’s goals and their efforts during this year, and would like to wish the recipients of the NDPHS e-news a peaceful holiday season as well as prosperous and successful year 2012!

NDPHS Secretariat

Further information:

NDPHS Secretariat
Slussplan 9
P.O. Box 2010
103 11 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Phone (switchboard): +46 8 440 1920
Fax: +46 8 440 1944
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org
 

25 NovemberThe NDPHS holds a ministerial-level conference. Agreement on the Establishment of the NDPHS Secretariat signed; position paper on raising the profile of health and social well-being adopted; NDPHS Action Statement on Noncommunicable diseases approved; Finland and Germany to lead the Partnership for the next two years
 

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The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being held its eighth Annual Conference (PAC) on 25 November 2011 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Ms Tatyana A. Golikova, the Minister of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation, hosted and chaired the Conference. Ministers responsible for health and other high representatives of Partners took part in the event. The PAC 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 importance of raising the profile of health and social well-being on the regional agenda as well as the regional cooperation on non-communicable disease prevention and control as the main themes of the conference (read the Conclusions by the Chair)1.

An important step forward has been taken by the Partnership with the Agreement on the Establishment of the Secretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being having been signed during the meeting. It is expected that the NDPHS Secretariat will officially begin its operations in spring 2012.

The PAC reviewed the status of health and social well-being on the regional agenda. While appreciating the importance attached to the social welfare and health within the Northern Dimension Policy context, the PAC agreed these two need to be more widely recognised as being of fundamental importance for the future of our societies. In particular, it is crucial that health and social well-being be visibly exposed among the funding priorities in the European programmes that will be implemented in the Northern Dimension area during the coming period. At the same time, it is necessary to align these programmes with the set priorities and targets. Having in mind the above, the PAC adopted a NDPHS position paper aimed to raise the profile of health and social well-being.2

A regional event, "Healthy lifestyle - the cornerstone of public health", was also organised by the NDPHS the day before the Partnership Annual Conference. The PAC shared the participants' view that non-communicable diseases (NCD) constitute a major burden and challenge judged by the amount of preventable premature mortality and morbidity threatening economic and human development. In light of this, the PAC approved the NDPHS Action Statement for Implementation of the European Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases in the Northern Dimension Partnership area in 2012-2016.3 The Action Statement aims to help translate respective global and European policies into actions in the Northern Dimension area and calls for strengthened action focusing on individuals to change their lifestyle regarding use of alcohol and tobacco products, diet and physical activity towards healthier behaviour.

The Conference also reviewed the progress of the Partnership and approved the NDPHS Progress Report for 2011.4 The Partnership continued running a wide array of concrete and pragmatic activities including, but not limited to, discharging its role as Lead Partner for the health component of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) Action Plan, policy development and dialogue, exchange of expertise and information, project development and implementation, information production and dissemination, out-reach and engagement of external actors in regional cooperation for health and social well-being, and advocating a higher profile of health and social well-being on the regional cooperation agenda. The PAC stressed the need to have a range of pragmatic projects implemented with the Partnership's facilitation, which would address regional challenges and have measurable impact.

Further, the PAC discussed the future direction of the Partnership and its development. It revised the goals and operational targets of the NDPHS Strategy and adopted the NDPHS Work Plan for 2012.5

Finally, the PAC thanked the Russian Federation for chairing the Partnership over the past two years and elected Finland as the Partnership Chair and Germany as the Co-Chair for the next two-year period.

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
Slussplan 9
P.O. Box 2010
103 11 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Phone (switchboard): +46 8 440 1920
Fax: +46 8 440 1944
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org

Ms. Darya Kuzovkova
Press Service
Ministry of Health and Social Development
Russian Federation
Phone: +8 916 340 11 01

 

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1 Available at http://www.ndphs.org/?doc,PAC_8__Conclusions_by_the_Chair.pdf.
2 Available at http://www.ndphs.org/?doc,Post-2013_European-Programmes--Raising_Profile_of_Health_and_Social_Well-being_(NDPHS_position_paper).pdf.
3 Available at http://www.ndphs.org/?doc,NDPHS_Action_Statement_implementation_..._2012-2016.pdf.
4 Available at http://www.ndphs.org/?doc,NDPHS_Progress_report_for_2011.pdf.
5 Available at http://www.ndphs.org/?doc,NDPHS_Work_Plan_for_2012.pdf.

27 SeptemberNorway announces funding for projects through the NDPHS Project Pipeline
 

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The Secretariat of 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 in Northwest Russia aiming to improve health and social well-being in the Northern Dimension area.

The funding is provided through a grant scheme offering approximately NOK 9,000,000, which is administered by the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services. It is available for projects with a Norwegian and a Russian partner, covering a broad array of thematic areas of relevance to public health and social well-being.

The main priorities are:

  • Prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • Reduction of lifestyle-related risk factors to improve health and the social situation of the population
  • Development of primary health care,  public health and social services.

The target groups are vulnerable groups in the population, and, where appropriate, priority will be given to the particular challenges of indigenous peoples and sparsely populated areas.

Further details and requirements can be found at http://www.ndphs.org/?pipeline,donor,view,10. Any inquiries about registration of applications or other queries should be addressed to Ms. Vibeke
Gundersen, phone +47 22 248773 or email vibeke.gundersen@hod.dep.no.

The Norwegian funding is channelled through the NDPHS Project Pipeline (http://www.ndphs.org/?pipeline) that, combined with the NDPHS Database (http://www.ndphs.org/?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 the region.

Applicants will benefit from being able to use this tool in proceeding all the way from a project idea through project application to project financing. As a complementary feature, the Project Pipeline offers links to websites of several other financing agencies to assist project applicants in identifying potential financiers also outside the NDPHS Project Pipeline.

The on-line project application form is available after logging in to the NDPHS Project Pipeline.

Applications are accepted until 17 October 2011.

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 regarding the NDPHS:

NDPHS Secretariat
Slussplan 9
P.O. Box 2010
103 11 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Phone (switchboard): +46 8 440 1920
Fax: +46 8 440 1944
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org

10 JuneNDPHS e-Newsletter 1/2011 - 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.

In this issue, we place the focus on alcohol-related issues, and noncommunicable diseases at large. Hence, the opening article presenting the 1st Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Noncommunicable Disease Control hosted by Russia earlier this spring. Regarding alcohol-related issues, we invite you to read three articles: one discussing alcohol consumption and related health problems, another one describing WHO efforts to develop a new European alcohol action plan 2012–2020, and the third one presenting the EU Alcohol Strategy and the ongoing and past activities to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Further, one of the highlights of the cooperation within the Northern Dimension framework in the first half of 2011, namely the 2nd Northern Dimension Forum held in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, is presented. The NDPHS, which spoke during it, was one of the ND Partnerships discussed by the parliamentarians. Learn what they concluded in the Statement from the Forum.

Having in mind those who are interested in engaging in practical project activities, we have included a brief description of several regional projects that the NDPHS is currently developing. These projects will cover a broad range of issues, such as noncommunicable diseases, healthy lifestyles, primary health care, occupational safety and health, as well as communicable diseases, with a focus on HIV and tuberculosis. We hope to find stakeholders interested in joining them. Following is an article about the “NDPHS labelled project” label. If your organisation is developing or implementing a project involving partners from several countries and contributing to the implementation of the regionally agreed priorities in the field of health and social well-being, read how you can apply for the label and benefit from it.

You will also find an update about the eHealth for Regions Network and its activities. Following is an article about the ICT for Health project facilitated by this Network, which aims to help strengthen social capacities for the utilization of eHealth technologies. ICT for Health is one of the health-related projects included in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Action Plan.

Last, but not least, we introduce two new colleagues who have joined NDPHS Expert Groups.

We wish you an interesting reading. Please note that NDPHS e-Newsletters are distributed only in an electronic format and can be downloaded from the NDPHS website at http://www.ndphs.org/?e-newsletter.


Further information:

NDPHS Secretariat
Slussplan 9
P.O. Box 2010
103 11 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Phone (switchboard): +46 8 440 1920
Fax: +46 8 440 1944
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org

26 MarchNorway announces funding for projects through the NDPHS Project Pipeline
 

Also in pdf format

The Secretariat of 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 in Northwest Russia aiming to improve health and social well-being in the Northern Dimension area.

The funding is provided through a grant scheme offering approximately NOK 2,300,000, which is administered by the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services. It is available for projects with a Norwegian and a Russian partner, covering a broad array of thematic areas of relevance to public health and social well-being.

The main priorities are to:

  • prevent and combat communicable diseases;
  • prevent lifestyle-related social and health problems and promote healthy lifestyles;
  • develop and integrate primary and specialist health services and social services.

The target groups are vulnerable groups in the population, and, where appropriate, priority will be given to the particular challenges of indigenous peoples and sparsely populated areas.

Further details and requirements can be found at http://www.ndphs.org/?pipeline,donor,view,10. Any inquiries about registration of applications or other queries should be addressed to Ms. Vibeke
Gundersen, phone +47 22 248773 or email vibeke.gundersen@hod.dep.no.

The Norwegian funding is channelled through the NDPHS Project Pipeline (http://www.ndphs.org/?pipeline) that, combined with the NDPHS Database (http://www.ndphs.org/?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 the region.

Applicants will benefit from being able to use this tool in proceeding all the way from a project idea through project application to project financing. As a complementary feature, the Project Pipeline offers links to websites of several other financing agencies to assist project applicants in identifying potential financiers also outside the NDPHS Project Pipeline.

The on-line project application form is available after logging in to the NDPHS Project Pipeline.

Applications are accepted until 15 April 2011.

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 regarding the NDPHS:

NDPHS Secretariat
Slussplan 9
P.O. Box 2010
103 11 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Phone (switchboard): +46 8 440 1920
Fax: +46 8 440 1944
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org

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