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Balkans: Antonione (CEI), from Trieste, health care strategy

After a workshop with WHO. Agreement in Budva tomorrow.

03 December, 11:56
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 03 DIC - "The workshop in Trieste has been successful at all levels and has allowed building a first sub-regional approach to the strategy developed by WHO, the so-called 'Roadmap for health in the Western Balkans (2021 - 2025)', which dedicates a specific chapter to the Western Balkans." Roberto Antonione, secretary-general of the Central European Initiative (CEI), thus expressed his satisfaction with the first meeting organized with WHO Europe in Trieste within a collaboration started in 2020, aiming to strengthen the primary health care system in the Western Balkan countries.

The roadmap designed to achieve this goal aims to intervene in a dozen areas of the health system of the European region, also in light of the pandemic. This roadmap is one of the priorities identified by the "European program of work 2020-2025 - United action for better health." In Trieste, the representatives of the organization and the ministries and health agencies of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia could listen to some representatives of the local health agency and the good practices of the FVG Region and visit the local facilities. CEI plays a role "of support and coordination," added the Secretary-General, and "depending on the issues on the table, we can involve a certain type of interlocutors." Moreover, the initiative goes hand in hand with an agreement with "the FVG Region - Antonione continued - that allows us to cooperate on several initiatives. One of these concerns the health sector." Today in Budva (Montenegro), WHO Europe, CEI, and the countries involved in the project will sign a joint statement "to confirm also at the institutional level that we all share the will to keep on walking along this path." Finally, the roadmap represents a further step towards European integration. (ANSA).

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