South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN)
On 1 January 2010 SEEHN took over ownership of the regional cooperation for health and development under the auspices of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the SEE Regional Cooperation Process. RCC’s main purpose is to provide leadership and to sustain ownership by the nine countries of regional cooperation and the concerted health development action launched in 2001 with the Dubrovnik Pledge (2001) and maintained through the Skopje Pledge (2005) and the Memorandum of Understanding (2009).
In 1999, the international community established the Stability Pact for South East Europe as a conflict-prevention and reconstruction process in the region. In 2001, a health component (SEEHN) was added to the Pact’s social cohesion initiative, to bring people together across borders to improve health in the whole region. Today SEEHN comprises representatives of the health ministries of its nine member countries, five partner western European countries and five intergovernmental organizations. For the past nine years, SEEHN has been the undisputed vehicle of health development in the areas of mental health, communicable diseases, food safety and nutrition, blood safety, tobacco control, information systems, maternal and neonatal health, public health services and health systems.
SEEHN has received continuous political, technical and financial support from 10 partner countries (Belgium, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) and five international organizations.
A promotional material prepared by the SEEHN Secretariat (WHO/Europe) can be found here.
A more comprehensive informational publication can be read or downloaded here.