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Covid: WHO-CEI, focus on health care in the Balkans

Experts in Trieste discuss how to strengthen primary care

22 November, 19:01
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 22 NOV - One of the objectives of the "Roadmap for health in the Western Balkans (2021 - 2025)" is to strengthen primary health care in the countries of the Western Balkans.

The project has been designed to intervene in particular in a dozen areas of the health system of this European region, also given the pandemic, and is one of the priorities identified by the "European program of work 2020-2025 - United action for better health" of the WHO European office.

Representatives of the entity and the ministries and health agencies of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Kosovo are participating today and tomorrow in Trieste in a first technical meeting focusing on the issue mentioned above. The Central European Initiative (CEI) and WHO Europe organized the summit as part of the collaboration started in 2020. In this sense, the funding lines provided under the agreement between INCE and the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, which presents its health model and related best practices, are part of it.

"The adoption of a document - explains the CEI Secretary General Roberto Antonione - that will be presented by WHO" on December 3rd in Budva (Montenegro) goes in the same way, "and that will urge our countries to adopt several actions to improve health systems and efficiency standards." Therefore, the meeting in Trieste aims to lay the foundations "for the promotion of an exchange of knowledge and experiences on primary care - explains Matteo Apuzzo, senior expert at CEI - and on how to organize health services at territorial level, also in response to the Covid emergency but not only." This meeting, said Gundo Weiler, director at WHO Europe's Country Support and Health Emergencies Division, "is also an opportunity to affirm further that shared principles in support of cooperation and solidarity should inspire the political agendas of all countries." The initiative, aiming to bridge the health gap in the Western Balkan countries, covers ten areas, ranging from ensuring financial protection and access to medicines for the population to promoting mental health and social care services. (ANSA).

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