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07 DecemberNDPHS e-Newsletter 2/2015 now available
 

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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 of the NDPHS e-Newsletter opens with an article about the recently held ministerial-level Partnership Annual Conference (PAC), which adopted a declaration on the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the latter being the topic addressed during the PAC side-event held on the day before the Conference. Actions taken by the NDPHS to increase policy and other decision makers’ understanding and recognition of the importance of health and social well-being for the economy and other policy areas are presented in one of the articles along with their outcomes.

With three dedicated articles, the focus of this issue is on occupational safety and health (OSH) in the Northern Dimension area. A recent study not only finds that there is severe underreporting of work injuries in the Baltic Sea region, but also that there are conspicuous differences between the countries. Another survey was conducted to investigate the reasons for underreporting and to develop perspectives for improving surveillance systems. Finally, the last article provides a country example and focusses on the role of occupational health services in workplace health and safety management.

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 wish you an interesting read.

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NDPHS Secretariat
P.O. Box 2039
SE-103 11 Stockholm
Sweden
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org
 

20 NovemberThe NDPHS holds a ministerial-level conference, discusses regional cooperation for better health and social well-being and the growing challenge of antimicrobial resistance. Estonia and Latvia to lead the Partnership for the next two years.
 

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Berlin, Germany – today, Ms. Annette Widmann-Mauz, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Health, hosted and chaired the 11th 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.

Since the main social well-being and health related challenges faced by the Partner Countries are the same and given the multitude and character of these challenges, profound regional cooperation and regional engagement are essential for both an effective response to the challenges as well as ensuring long-term stability and economic development of the countries and the region as a whole – was one of the conclusions of the event.

Having the latter in mind, the participants noted with satisfaction the recently adopted new NDPHS Strategy 2020 and its Action Plan, which will guide the NDPHS members in their joint efforts to address the prioritised regional challenges. The following expert groups have recently been established to tackle these challenges: on antimicrobial resistance (AMR); alcohol and substance abuse; HIV, TB and associated infections; non-communicable diseases; occupational safety and health; prison health; and primary health care.

The outcome of the Partnership Annual Conference side-event held the day before, namely the conference “From strategies to action – Addressing the challenges of AMR in the Northern Dimension area,” was also discussed. The growing AMR in pathogens was noted with big concern. It is an increasing global health problem and a challenge to the societies. The participants agreed that there is a need to increase the knowledge and understanding of the AMR problems both in the health care sector and in the public at large. To that end, while welcoming the on-going NDPHS project “Northern Dimension Antibiotic Resistance Study (NoDARS),” they adopted the NDPHS Declaration “From strategies to action – how to tackle the challenges of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in the Northern Dimension area.”

Discussions also revolved around the issues of the importance of health and social well-being for the economy and other policy areas. In particular, the participants noted the direct and indirect costs associated with ill health, the impact of poor health and unfavourable social background on economic processes and examples of health policies and their impact on the economy. It was emphasised that investment in health is not only about containing future health care and social welfare costs, but also an investment in economic growth.

The host of the event, Germany, was thanked for successfully chairing the Partnership during its two-year term and Estonia was elected as the Partnership Chair, and Latvia 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: 

Mr. Thomas Ifland
Senior Adviser, Ministry of Health
Rochusstrasse 1
53123 Bonn, GERMANY
Phone: +49 175 7222399
E-mail: thomas.ifland@bmg.bund.de

NDPHS Secretariat
Slussplan 9
111-30 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Phone: +46 73 540 5900
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org

 

01 September“Health is wealth and wealth is health” – the NDPHS holds a regional event to raise parliamentarians’ awareness of the importance of health and social well-being for the economy and other policy areas
 
 
 
Rockstock-Warnemünde, Germany – on 30 August 2015, the Secretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) organised an event for parliamentarians alongside the 24th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference (BSPC). Entitled “Health is wealth and wealth is health,” the event aimed at increasing the participants’ understanding of the interlinkages between economic development and health and social well-being of the populations in the Baltic Sea Region. 
 
The event was attended by parliamentarians coming from various countries of the Baltic Sea region, for whom it was mainly organised, as well as other participants. Three expert presentations were delivered – (i) an overall one, clearly demonstrating that richer economies are healthier and healthier economies are richer. A number of interesting examples of policies for better public health and economic performance was presented to that end, as well as the role of governments, parliamentarians, and other policy makers in improving health of people stressed; (ii) a presentation focusing on occupational safety and health, which illustrated the interconnection between health and wealth on concrete examples from this area, and showed the remarkable economic potential for positive returns on investments in health and social well-being, and (iii) a presentation exemplifying this interconnection but focusing on the antimicrobial resistance that threatens the fundaments of today’s modern healthcare, cuts across many different sectors and features a potentially grave human and economic costs.
 
The participants shared the view that health and social well-being have a significant impact on the economy and other policy areas. They agreed that tackling the health challenges in the Baltic Sea region requires committed, multi-sectorial, regional initiatives, not least of the parliamentarians and other policy-makers. Health ministries, and the health sector at large, cannot successfully address these challenges alone. Improving health and social well-being of the Baltic Sea societies requires everybody’s efforts and a Health-in-All-Policies approach.
 
Further to the above, the participants agreed that the following message be forwarded from the NDPHS event to the BSPC annual conference:
 
“Whereas economic prosperity is good for health, good health outcomes also favour economic growth and development. To that end, one should recognise the importance of health and social well-being for the economy and other policy areas, and vice versa, and consider health aspects in all policies.”
 
The conclusions of the NDPHS event were received well by the participants of the 24th Baltic Sea Parliamentary Conference and reflected in several paragraphs of the Conference Resolution, which they adopted today (the Resolution is available for downloading at www.bspc.net/page/show/785).
 
The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being is a cooperative effort of nine governments, 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, assisting the Partners and Participants in capacity building, and by enhancing coordination between international activities within the Northern Dimension area.
Visit our website at www.ndphs.org/?mtgs,health_is_wealth_and_wealth_is_health to download the Moderator’s Conclusions as well as speakers’ reports and presentations. Keep an eye on policy developments and explore the world of the NDPHS – a partnership committed to achieving tangible results!
 
 
Further information:
 
NDPHS Secretariat
P.O. Box 2039
Slussplan 9
103-11 Stockholm, SWEDEN
Phone: +46 73 540 5900
 
27 JuneNDPHS e-Newsletter 1/2015 now available
 

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This issue of the NDPHS e-Newsletter updates you about the strategic planning processes, which were carried out during 2014 and 2015: the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the EUSBSR Action Plan have both been adopted. Their main goals and implications for the future are presented in two articles.

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region has not only entered a new programming period with the revised Action Plan, but also received new impulses for future cooperation during the 6th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR, which took place on 15-16 June 2015 in Jurmala, Latvia. The Policy Area “Health” was prominently featured during the event, not least through a workshop organised by the NDPHS, about which you can read in this issue of the e-Newsletter.

Finally, we have included several articles for the readers interested in regional projects currently being implemented in our region. More specifically, these articles provide an update on the good progress made by two NDPHS Secretariat-led EU co-financed projects – “Building capacity in prevention of HIV and associated infections among youth at risk in the Northern Dimension area” and the “Northern Dimension Antibiotic Resistance Study (NoDARS),” as well as a project “MOBI4health” coordinated by the University of Gdańsk, Poland.

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 wish you an interesting read.

Further information:

NDPHS Secretariat
P.O. Box 2039
SE-103 11 Stockholm
Sweden
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org
 

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