Thursday, November 27, 2014
WHO/Europe | Events - Launch of the project on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)
WHO/Europe | Regional Director - Presentation – Implementing Health 2020, a whole of government approach through the South Eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN)
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Health workforce in the SEE region: the foundation to achieving universal coverage nwith health services, health improvements and economic development
South-eastern Europe Health Network discusses health workforce issues, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 10-11 November 2014
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Multi-country Workshop on Development of Accreditation Standards for Maternity Wards and Neonatal Departments, Belgrade, Serbia, September 2014
Specific objectives were to:
- Familiarize with Accreditation program (using ISQua principles), WHO/UNICEF and other key international concepts, guidelines, tools for continuous quality improvement of maternal and newborn health care
- Exchange regional experiences, achievements, challenges, lessons learnt and identify regional resources and opportunities for future inter-country support and collaboration
- Develop key recommendations for development of accreditation standards and quality improvement processes for SEEHN countries, respecting the country needs
- Define Decision for SEEHN countries on development and implementation of accreditation standards - for advocacy purposes
To date, the SEEHN is an independent organization of its 10 Member States with its own governing, managerial and technical institutions. It operates as one of the over 60 Regional Initiatives in various sectors of society under the framework, coordination and leadership of the Regional Cooperation Council in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and as a part of the overall Regional Cooperation process in SEE.
A lot of time has passed since the SEEHN commencement. It is, however, useful to recall of the past looking into the future.
The full history, accomplishments and developments can be followed for those that are interested using the WHO Europe public website where the SEEHN has its own pages:
In two weeks the SEE Health Network will be launching its new official Website during its 34th Plenary Meeting in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia under the Presidency of the Minister of hEalth of this country.
Thereafter, the life and story of the SEE Health Network could be followed on: www.seehn.org
- 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. In addition, the Plenary will discuss the Regional Health programme, as part of the implementation 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;
- Signing Memoranda of Understanding for partnerships with: (I) the UN European Center for Peace and Development in Belgrade (UN ECPD), the SEE Network of Workers´ Health (SEENWH) and the EU Joint Action for Health Workforce Planning and Forecasting (EU JHWPF);
- The Macedonian Presidency Report;
- Protocol for standard operation in communication within the SEE Health Network;
- 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;
- Launching of the new SEEHN official Website;
- Outcome(s) of the EC/TAIEX Workshop(s) finalised or undergoing in the second half of 2014;
Endorsing Decisions from various SEE Health Network technical regional events;
- SEEHN Secretariat Programme, Administrative and Financial Issues and ongoing activities:
- Country contributions for the years 2014 and 2015;
- Recruitment process for the permanent staff of the Secretariat;
- SEEHN Secretariat financial report;
- SEEHN Secretariat financial plan, and
- Road Map for the SEEHN activities and the SEEHN Calendar of Events in 2015 under the Serbian Presidency of the SEEHN (01 January – 30 June 2015).
- Health reforms and the Whole-of-Government approach to the implementation of the WHO European Policy Framework for health and wellbeing – Health 2020;
- Human resources for health, their mobility and the educational programmes;
- Emergencies, preparedness and response in the SEE region.
The meeting will provide an opportunity to reaffirm our political commitment to the sub-regional collaboration in the SEE, exchange and discuss health reforms in the light of WHO H2020, further extend our collaboration and identify common aims for our countries’ progress in population health and wellbeing toward, also in line with the SEE2020 strategy “Jobs and Prosperity in a European Perspective”. The meeting will explore the SEEHN potential for development of our human resources in health by introducing a scheme of HRH mobility in the SEE targeted at education and training. The effectiveness of our sub-regional collaboration in promoting and protecting health; responding to health hazards; and preventing diseases and controlling their spreads was recently proven in the collaborative response to the flooding in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria, in our sub-region. Thus, the meeting offers a unique opportunity to discuss crises coordination aid and establish a task force for this purpose.
- To express political commitment to the sub-regional collaboration in public health in the SEE;
- To further promote and scale up the political commitment for implementation of the WHO European Policy Framework for health and wellbeing – Health 2020within SEEHN countries within the health reforms of the SEEHN countries;
- To provide for strengthening human resources for health through educational and training programmes and mobility in the SEEHN region and in implementing the SEEHN Decision on the subject of June 2013, Chisinau, republic of Moldova;
- To share country experiences and lessons learnt in addressing crisis health preparedness and response in SEEHN region and improve coordination of aid in times of crises.
- Exchanging views and developing common strategies and approaches towards the implementation of the WHO European Policy Framework for health and wellbeing – Health 2020 in the SEEHN region;
- Strengthened political commitment in SEEHN countries for intergovernmental and intersectoral collaboration to support effective and sustainable human resources for health, their mobility and the educational programmes;
- Creating a mechanism, a Task Force, to be put in place to address crisis health preparedness aid in SEEHN region.