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22 NovemberThe NDPHS holds a ministerial-level conference, discusses main challenges to health and social well-being in the region and sets priorities for the future regional cooperation. Germany and Estonia to lead the Partnership for the next two years.
 

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Helsinki, Finland – today, Ms. Susanna Huovinen, Minister of Health and Social Services of Finland, hosted and chaired the 10th annual conference of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being, NDPHS. The event was attended by ministers responsible for health and social affairs and other high representatives of countries and organisations being members of the NDPHS.

In marking the tenth anniversary of the NDPHS, the Conference appraised the progress and achievements of the Partnership over the past decade, discussed the current and foreseen shared regional challenges to health and social well-being and, finally, set priorities for NDPHS for the coming years. More in-depth roundtable discussions were also held on two selected topics – the impact of the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis on people and economies in the Northern Dimension countries as well as occupational accidents in these countries.

The Conference expressed its satisfaction with the progress made by the Partnership: a wide array of concrete and pragmatic activities were run by the Partnership ranging from high-level ministerial dialogue and policy shaping, to efforts to raise the profile of health and social well-being on the regional agenda, to project development and implementation as well as outreach and support to and engagement of interested actors operating in the Northern Dimension area. The unique role that the NDPHS performs as the linking agent in the region for cooperation in health and social well-being, helping bridge priorities and efforts related to policies and strategies was also underlined.

Having discussed current and foreseen regional challenges, the Conference agreed that, in developing and implementing the NDPHS Strategy for 2014-2020, the Partnership shall continue efforts to bring added value and achieve tangible results with measurable impact and, in doing so, shall focus on the following priority areas, where opportunities and serious challenges exist:

  • Antimicrobial resistance;
  • HIV/AIDS and associated infections;
  • Non-communicable diseases;
  • Alcohol and substance abuse;
  • Occupational safety and health and well-being at work;
  • Primary health care.

The Conference discussed the outcome of its side-event, the conference “Combating HIV and TB through a joint regional action,” which was organised by the NDPHS the day before the Partnership Annual Conference. It shared the participants' view that the increasing number of HIV and TB co-infections, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) cases, and other associated infections pose a serious challenge and threat to public health in the Northern Dimension area. Having agreed it is imperative that the governments in the region recognise their responsibilities and renew their commitment in this area, the Conference adopted the NDPHS Statement “Impact of the HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis on people and economies of the Northern Dimension Countries – status quo and the way forward.”

Discussions also revolved around the issues of underreporting of occupational accidents, low safety and health awareness, and funding and resources for occupational safety and health activities in the Northern Dimension area. To that end, the Conference emphasised the need for actions by the NDPHS Countries to review the coverage and efficiency of their reporting systems and encouraged them to proceed with the ratification of the ILO Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention 187 and with the application of the ILO Protocol to Conventions 155 related to systems for notification and recording of accidents.

Finally, the Conference thanked Finland for successfully chairing the Partnership during its two-year term and elected Germany as the Partnership Chair and Estonia as the Co-Chair for the next two years.


View our website at www.ndphs.org, where you can also read the Conclusions by the Chair from the above Conference, and keep an eye on policy developments and explore the world of the NDPHS – a partnership committed to achieving tangible results!


Further information: 

Anne-Sofie Pesola
Information Officer
Information and Communication Unit
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Finland
Phone: +358 2951 63625
NDPHS Secretariat
Slussplan 9
111-30 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Phone: +46 8 55923211
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org

 

12 NovemberHelping prepare health initiatives for 2014-2020. NDPHS holds a successful regional conference
 

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Vilnius, Lithuania – The Secretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) is pleased to announce the success of its regional conference Preparing Health Initiatives for 2014-2020, organized in the capital of the current EU Presidency. The NDPHS, which combines all the countries in the Region and is the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region’s (EUSBSR) Priority Area Coordinator for Health, performs a unique role as the linking agent in the region for cooperation in health and social well-being. Held earlier today on the side-lines of the 4th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR, the conference was attended by over 70 participants and marked another step toward strengthening the visibility and role of health and social well-being on the regional cooperation agenda.

More specifically, Preparing Health Initiatives for 2014-2020 was held to support the development of projects addressing regional challenges by (i) making the participants acquainted with the regionally agreed priorities in health and social well-being; (ii) helping improve strategic cooperation and coordination in the design and implementation of projects; (iii) improving the flow of information among stakeholders, and, finally, (iv) better coordinating project and policy development efforts. The intended outcome is for stakeholders in the region, including those not yet closely affiliated with the NDPHS, to build partnerships and have project applications prepared in time for the first round of funding calls during the 2014-2020 programming period.

The conference also aimed to support relevant stakeholders in the Region in spending project financing in a more effective and focused way. Whereas a number of financiers and financing instruments – including the EU with its various programmes – support projects aiming to improve health and social well-being in the Baltic Sea Region, it is clear that the amount of funding during the coming years will not be sufficient to tackle all issues at stake. To that end, in bringing interested stakeholders together in Vilnius, the NDPHS helped the conference participants to find ways to reduce fragmentation among their planned interventions.

Three sessions in the morning provided conference participants with an overview of policy priorities, past project challenges and best practices, and potential future financial opportunities. A policy panel of representatives from WHO Euro, the Russian Ministry of Health, and the Baltic Sea Network – ESF informed on the priorities in the Baltic Sea Region that are relevant to health and social well-being initiatives. Partners from projects successfully implemented during the 2007-2013 period shared the lessons learned from their project development and implementation processes. Further, an overview of the foreseen financial opportunities for health during the 2014-2020 programming period was provided.

The information from the morning sessions fuelled further discussion during the afternoon’s roundtable session. Conference participants split into seven thematic roundtables where they identified and discussed areas of shared interest and agreed on concrete activities aimed towards the development and implementation of joint health and social well-being projects in the Baltic Sea Region.

The conference was financially supported by the European Union.

01 JulyThe NDPHS Secretariat re-launched
 

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The Secretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) is pleased to announce that today it has become an international legal entity operating in accordance with the agreement on the establishment of the NDPHS Secretariat concluded between participating governments as well as the agreement on the immunity and privileges of the NDPHS Secretariat and its staff signed between the Government of Sweden and the Secretariat.

“We are proud and excited to be part of this important step taken to further advance an international cooperation in health and social well-being in the Northern Dimension area. Having its own secretariat makes the NDPHS even better equipped in its on-going effort to help tackle regional challenges to social welfare and health care, including prevention of diseases and promotion of cooperation between health and social services. I owe my words of appreciation to the governments concerned for making it possible, not least to Sweden for agreeing to be the Host Country for our secretariat” says Marek Maciejowski, Director of the NDPHS Secretariat. “Our secretariat has been on the regional cooperation map for years, then hosted by the Secretariat of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. We are immensely grateful to the CBSS and our colleagues at the CBSS Secretariat for all their support and friendly cooperation over those years,” he adds.

The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS), established in 2003, is a cooperative effort of ten governments (Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden), the European Commission and eight international 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 and enhancing coordination between international activities within the Northern Dimension area.


New contact details

The NDPHS Secretariat continues to be co-located with the CBSS Secretariat and our visiting address remains the same. Please note, however, that our postal address and contact details have changed to the following:

NDPHS Secretariat
Slussplan 9
111 30 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Phone: +46 8 55923211
E-mail (general inquiries): secretariat@ndphs.org

The staff member’s contact details have also changed and are available at http://ndphs.org/?secretariat.

20 MarchNDPHS e-Newsletter 1/2013 - 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 focuses on the achievements made possible thanks to a technical assistance grant received by the NDPHS Secretariat from the European Commission to support activities contributing to the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).

The issue opens with an article informing about signing of the Host Country Agreement between the NDPHS Secretariat and the Swedish Government, which is an important step towards having the NDPHS Secretariat gain its own legal capacity. You will also find an article about the 3rd Ministerial meeting of the renewed Northern Dimension held on 18 February 2013. The good progress of the NDPHS was highly praised during the meeting. Read also about continued efforts of the Partnership to push for a more prominent role of public health on the regional cooperation agenda.

Several articles have been included presenting the results of the activities supported from the EUSBSR technical assistance grant, among them the development of an Alcohol and Drug Prevention among Youth project (an EUSBSR flagship project) and the preparation of a study offering evidence for action to reduce the harm associated with alcohol abuse. Other activities supported by the EU grant and presented in this issue include: support to the implementation of the NDPHS “Health at Work” strategy, development of a project promoting strategic health planning in St. Petersburg, Russia, development of a project on integrated care for senior citizens around the Baltic Sea and development of tools for combating HIV and associated infections in the Baltic Sea region. We have also included an article about another EUSBSR flagship project, i.e. ImPrim project, and its contribution to the improvement of primary health care in Belarus.

Last but not least, we are pleased to introduce a new colleague who has joined the NDPHS Secretariat and to inform that Norwegian funding is now available through the NDPHS Project Pipeline for projects in Northwest Russia aiming to improve health and social well-being in the Northern Dimension area. Further details and requirements can be found at http://www.ndphs.org/?pipeline,donor,view,10. Applications are accepted until 15 April 2013.

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

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