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Health systems newsletter

June 2016

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The Greek Government launches a broad policy dialogue on primary health care reform

The Ministry of Health of Greece together with WHO/Europe organized a policy dialogue on primary health care reform that took place on 9–10 May 2016 in Athens, under the “Strengthening capacity for universal coverage” initiative. The policy dialogue brought various actors in the Greek health care system together to share the Government's vision for primary health care services and  discuss the different directions that the reforms may take.
Health service delivery

Transforming integrated health service delivery in the WHO European Region

The final consultation of the European Framework for Action on Integrated Health Services Delivery brought over 170 participants from more than 30 Member States in the WHO European Region to Copenhagen, Denmark on 2–3 May 2016.

Health systems

Intercountry high-level meeting on health systems strengthening for enhanced tuberculosis prevention and care: TBREP

On 26–28 April 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark, a high-level meeting was held to discuss and catalyse implementation of the Tuberculosis Regional Eastern European and Central Asian Project (TB-REP).  
Health systems financing

12th Flagship Course on Health Systems Strengthening: focus on noncommunicable diseases

52 participants from 21 countries attended the 12th annual Flagship Course on Health Systems Strengthening on 9–13 May 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. The key themes were placing people at the centre of care, measuring health service delivery, driving integrated care through new technology and balancing the need for evidence with an acceptable pace of change.
Health systems response to noncommunicable diseases

3 new country assessments on noncommunicable diseases available

New country assessments to improve noncommunicable disease outcomes are available for Belarus, Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Health technologies and medicines

Availability of medicines in Estonia: an analysis of existing barriers and options to address them

This study aims to identify possible barriers to increasing the availability of medicines in Estonia and to suggest options to overcome them.

Nursing and midwifery

Nurses and midwives: A force for enhancing health and strengthening health systems

In the WHO European Region, nurses and midwives – an estimated total of 7.3 million – make up the majority of health care professionals, delivering health services to people of all ages. A recently published compendium of good practices in nursing and midwifery illustrates the fundamental importance of these health care professionals to public health and well-being. Its 55 case studies from 18 countries provide examples of how nurses and midwives enhance health.

(Photo: State neonatal centre, Clinical maternity hospital No. 1.)

Public health services

Web-based version of self-assessment tool to evaluate essential public health operations (EPHOs) now available

The web-based version of the self-assessment tool for the evaluation of EPHOs in the WHO European Region is now available in English and Russian. It maintains the same features as the paper-based version of the tool, but adds simultaneous, multiuser data entry and enhanced reporting capabilities.
The first in a series of publications providing in-depth analyses of the health situation in Member States has been launched. Over the coming years, covering as many countries as possible, WHO/Europe will produce detailed profiles of the national health situation, based on the latest data available.


11th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery
27–29 July 2016, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Summer School on Pharmaceutical Pricing and Reimbursement Policies
29 August–2 September 2016, Vienna, Austria
Assessing health services delivery performance with hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions
This document reviews evidence related to ambulatory care sensitive condition hospitalizations as a proxy indicator of health services delivery performance.

A step-by-step guide for developing profiles on health services delivery transformations
This guide describes a structure and process for developing profiles on initiatives to transform health services delivery.

Lessons from transforming health services delivery: Compendium of initiatives in the WHO European Region
This Compendium demonstrates the diversity in activity, describing examples of health services delivery transformations from each Member State in the Region.

Meeting of the countries of the South-eastern Europe Health Network on improving information for policy: strengthening health information and vital registration systems
In Tirana, Albania on 16–17 November 2015, countries discussed improving information for policy, and this report covers their discussion of common issues in health information and the development of a joint vision on how to address these concerns.
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