The SEEHN sincerely thanks and greets the Montenegrin Presidency and the team of the Ministry of Health and the SEE RHDC for Noncommunicable Diseases for their excellent leadership and work in the period 01 July - 31 December 2013.
The SEEHN expresses its deep gratitude to its founding partner, WHO Regional Office for Europe and its Regional Director. At the 32nd Plenary WHO Europe was represented by Directors of its two important Divisions, those of Health Systems and Public health and of Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion, who were accompanied by a few other senior leading technical experts.
During the event the SEEHN acknowledged and celebrated its best achievement in the past years since its 3rd Health Ministerail Forum, 2011, Banja Luka, Bosnja and Herzegovina, namely
For the first time in the history of the region and its cooperation in health, HEALTH has been recognized as a factor/determinant contributing to growth, economic development and wealth!
This is unprecedended fact and the SEEHN would like to express its gratitude, recognition and appreciations of:
- all SEEHN political and leading experts for the intensive work in 2013, their motivation, dedication and contribution; thank you all; our most sincere and warm feelings go fo Selma, Adriana, Goran, Nand, Alex, Chris, Maria and all national counterparts and Directors of the SEE regional Health Development Centres (RHDC) in charge of the verious areas of health and health systems collaboration;
- the RCC and its political and technical leadership; and
- our best-ever friend and partner, WHO Regional Office for Europe and all poltical and technical leaders!
During a session, specially dedicated to the SEE 2020 Strategy and Health:
In a keynote speech, Sir Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer of Scotland presented the Scottish Experience of Applying Inclusion Science to policies for improving Health and Growth, by retracing the economic turmoil in Scotland post WWII and its devastating impact on health. With Scotland acquiring decision powers in the health area, the health situation started to improve significantly and statistically corroborated (significant mortality reduction – people must feel in control and have access to support. For a change to come there must be a will, ideas and methods. While science must prevail over opinions, however dreams and visions are necessary – “I like my bedtime stories, it helps me to dream”.
- “Health Actions in SEE2020 – Objectives and Indicators for inclusive growth”: Professor Sogoric, Member of the SEEHN Executive Committee spelled out the challenges facing Health in SEE: quality of care, poor or not known; lack of continuity of care; reduced function of primary care, unsustainable funding. There is a need in the Region to reduce differences of health status of population groups by increasing the health status of the most deprived. Increasng the management and capacity of health care (including human resources) is required. The main challenges of the health systems in the Region: - accessibility; increased efficacy; maintenance of costs. There is also the need to improve intersectoral governance and harmonization of cross border health.
- These approaches were also supported by Dr. Chris Brown (WHO-Venice) and Romania (the upcoming Presidency of the SEEHN). Health in becoming a benefit and not a cost to the economy will emerge as a significant component for development.
- The programming document to be elaborated as soon as possible by the SEEHN is to be “A SEEHN health focused strategy document for inclusive growth independent of funding sources”
Besides that extraordinary achievement, the 32nd Plenary Meeting focused on:
Partnership building with other organizations in health and related areas
MoU was signed with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) represented by Ms. Doina Bologa, who presented the activities of the Fund and its cooperation with a large number of other UN Agencies, stressing the issue of population dynamics – in particular significant aging of the population in SEE.
The activities of the European Centre for Peace and Dialogue (ECPD) were also presented. A number of NHC supported the establishment of a partnership – agreed in principle. The meeting concluded that the terms of reference and the object of a possible MoU have to be clarified by the Executive Committee for a decision at the next SEEHN meeting.
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