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Thursday, June 26, 2014

SEE 2020 Strategy: the Baseline Report

Just a week ago the Regional Cooperation Council published the SEE 2020 Baseline Report.

The full text could be read and downloaded from the link below:

Forthcoming events: 33rd Plenary of the SEE Health Network, 10-11 July 2014, Bucharest, Romania

The Romanian Presidency of the South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) is organizing and hosting the 33rd SEEHN Plenary Meeting in Bucharest, Romania, on 10-11 July 2014.


This event will be attended by the national health coordinators of the SEEHN Member States, the partner countries and partner international organizations, directors of the SEEHN Regional Health Development Centers (RHDC) and other key important actors.


The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the SEEHN key strategic areas of work for 2014-2020 and beyond in implementing the SEE 2020 Strategy “Jobs and prosperity in an European Perspective” under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the outcome of the major developments, activities and challenges during the term of the Romanian Presidency (SEEHN Presidency Report January - June 2014).


During the 33rd Plenary the SEEHN´s  partnerships in public health will be further expanded and consolidated by signing  a Memorandum of Understanding with the UNECPD, the designation of a new  RHDC on  Health Aging  in Bosnia and Herzegovina,  by presenting the decisions of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) meeting for the SEEHN held in March 2014 in Bucharest, as well as the SEEHN Decision on Patients´ Safety stemming from the EC TAIEX Workshop on the topic held in December 2013 in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, etc.


In line with the commitments of the SEEHN Ministers of Health as stipulated in their Banja Luka Pledge, endorsed during their Third Ministerial Forum in 2011, as well as based on the current SEE Regional Cooperation implementation process of the SEE 2020 Strategy, adopted in November 2013 by the Ministries of Economies, the 33rd Plenary will deal with some crucial strategic issues:


  • Discussing and deciding on the future long-term health strategy of the SEEHN, starting from or continuing the objectives, measures and health indicators that are part of the Inclusive Growth pillar of the SEE 2020 Growth Strategy.

The SEEHN health strategy, to be ready for the forthcoming 4th SEE Ministerial Forum in 2016, will be meant to cover all the SEEHN countries and other strategic partners who will be ready to join this regional effort. This strategy will represent the contribution of the Network to the achievement of the objectives of the WHO Europe Health 2020 Framework Policy and the European Action Plan on Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services.

On the other side, the recognition of health as a contributor to growth, economic development and employment under the Regional Cooperation Process will bring new opportunities for the SEEHN Member States to improve further the health of their populations and to deal with the social determinants of health and inequities in the region;


  • Starting a policy dialogue to provide an overview of the regional efforts and cooperation to enhance the intersectoral governance of health in order to achieve inclusive growth;
Additionally, the Plenary will discuss and take important decisions on the following legal, political, technical and business issues of major priority:
  •  Amendment to the SEEHN 2008 Memorandum of Understanding;
  • Decision on the Procedures of  the Regional Health Development Centers (RHDCs) of the SEEHN;
  • Approval of the SEEHN Health Regional Action Plan for 2014-2020 and the qualitative and quantitative health indicators for monitoring and evaluating the SEE 2020 ;
  • Communication strategy and launching of the new SEEHN official Website; Decision on the SEEHN logo;
  • Outcome(s) of the EC/TAIEX Workshop(s) finalised or undergoing in 2013 and the first half of 2014;

  1. SEEHN Secretariat Programme, Administrative and Financial Issues and ongoing activities: 
  1. Country contributions for the years 2013 and 2014;
  2. Recruitment process for the permanent staff of the Secretariat;
  3. SEEHN Secretariat financial report;
  4. SEEHN Secretariat financial plan,
  5. SEEHN: Amendments to the Memorandum of Understanding of 2008;
  6. SEEHN: Draft Protocol for the Operation of the RHDCs;
  7. SEEHN: Draft Communication Strategy, Website and branding;
  8. SEEHN Decision on Patients´ Safety;
  9. SEEHN Decision of Safe Blood Transfusion in Major Emergencies, and
  10. Road Map for the SEEHN activities and the SEEHN Calendar of Events in 2014 under the Macedonian Presidency of the SEEHN (01 July – 31 December 2014).

Forthcoming events: EC TAIEX Multicountry Workshop on Increasing Blood Availability and Providing the Highest Donor and Patient Safety in Transfusion Therapy in Emergency Special Circumstances, Bucharest, 07-09 July 2014

In follow-up of two  workshops: “Increasing Transnational Availability of Safe Blood and Blood Components for Medical Emergencies and Special Circumstances” June 2011, held in Oradea, Romania, and “Clinical Risk Management and Management of Adverse Events”, December 2013, Serbia 
   The EC TAIEX Multi-Country Workshop has the following three main aims:

  • To review the application of the EC Directive 2002/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 setting standards of quality and safety for the collection, testing, processing, storage and distribution of human blood and blood components and amending Directive 2001/83/EC: current status, progress in implementing, achievements and challenges of the SEE countries members of the SEE Health Network; cross learning from the experience of the EU Member States, the counties of the SEEHN itself and other neighboring countries
  • To increase awareness and political/institutional capacities, among SEEHN member states, about the harmonized ways for getting the Highest Patient Safety in Transfusion Therapy in Emergency Special Circumstances (natural disasters as floods, earthquakes massive traffic accidences) at both levels:
    • pre-hospital (blood centers specialists) and
    • hospital (clinicians), based on Bioethical principles

  • To apply in a complementary  and logical manner the EU directives 2002/98/EC, and Council recommendation 2009 on Patient Safety
Finally, the event is expected to develop a draft Decision on the topic and to submit it for approval by the 33rd Plenary Meeting of the SEE Health Network to be conducted on 10-11 July 2014 in Bucharest under the Presidency of the Romanian Minister of Health.

A summary report will be shared by the middle of July 2014.