THEME: COOPERATION OF REGIONAL HEALTH DEVELOPMENT CENTERS AND CONSTRUCTION OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR MAINTENANCE AND STRENGTHENING REGIONAL COOPERATION IN PUBLIC HEALTH IN SOUTHERN EASTERN EUROPE IN THE FIELD OF PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Republic of Macedonia became a member of the Health Network of South Eastern Europe in 2001, when the Charter was signed in Dubrovnik, along with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, from which in 2006 they joined the network as special states Serbia and Montenegro. Network partners helped establishing regional health development centres, and in 2010 a Regional Center for Strengthening Public Health Services with headquarter in the Institute of Public Health was established in Skopje, the Republic of Macedonia.
The essential functions of this center are:
- Promotion of policies and priorities in various areas of public health
- Collecting and disseminating information through the development of regional resources
- Participation in collaborative research under the guidance of the Health Network, including planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and promotion of research
- Harmonization of standards, guidelines and training in specific areas of public health
- Development, monitoring and evaluation of regional policies, strategies and good practices
- Support for networking
- Co-operation with international and regional governmental and non-governmental organizations
In the past period, the Center conducted a self-assessment of the situation with public health services in SEE, based on the special self-assessment tool developed by the WHO
The cooperation of the regional health development centers for the promotion of public health services in the 9 Member States of the Health Network will continue working with increased dynamics, and especially at regional level.
Why? Because the countries in the region have common challenges that need to streamline the following activities, primarily by building new opportunities for public health cooperation.
The goal is to strengthen the approach Health in all SEE policies, which means a comprehensive health approach that will ensure economic growth and accelerate the integration process of some of the SEE countries in the European Union.
In near future, The Regional Health Development Center for Public Health Services in the Republic of Macedonia will strengthen the cooperation with the national focal points from the other 8 countries, as well as the partner members and supporters of the health network through the implementation of the measures and activities from the Health Network Action Plan for the period 2018-2019 with the purpose of implementation of the Chisinau Pledge, from the Republic of Moldova. In this sense, actions will be undertaken for greater influence of the governments of the member countries on the healthcare network in the areas other than health sector, promoting and protecting the health of citizens.
The Regional Health Center for Public Health Services from the Republic of Macedonia together with the other SEE Health Network countries in line with the Chisinau Pledge will act on the implementation of the WHO campaign for universal health coverage through:
- Increasing the opportunities for protection against health risks
- Providing access to high-quality health and preventive services
- Providing safe, high-quality, effective and necessary drugs and vaccines for everyone
- Providing training and support for the development of health resources
- Further improvement of public health services and capacities through the establishment of a SEE platform to address cross-border public health issues.
The approaches for the whole society, the whole government and health in all policies will ensure a longer-term implementation of the European 2020 Health Strategy and the United Nations Agenda 2030 for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. In these processes, of course, the support from the partners of the SEE Health Network is welcomed in order to increase the recognition of the Health Network of SEE and its role in strengthening the public health services in the region, by supporting the exchange of experiences and information, research in the region and capacity building, future necessary resources for good practices and Health for All through universal health coverage to anyone and everywhere!