Collaboration between all parties affects health positively
Health ministers and eminent civil servants from 51 countries together with international partners, NGOs and observers attended the meeting of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe. Critical public health issues and the work of the WHO Regional Office for Europe were discussed. Topics on the agenda included Health 2020, surveillance and control of vector-borne diseases, the European Action Plan on Mental Health and the social determinants of health. Eleven resolutions and two decisions were adopted during a very busy four days.
During the session, Ms Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe since 2010, met with the NGO delegates to discuss their concerns regarding their invisibility at the Regional meetings. Ms Jakab suggested that delegates write a joint statement that could be presented on the final day of the meeting. In the event, eleven NGOs delegates prepared a statement acknowledging Ms Jakab’s courtesy in meeting with the NGOs and reaffirming their willingness to collaborate with the Regional Committee and Member States in developing and implementing policies. The NGOs believe that collaboration between all parties will positively affect health outcomes for European populations. The statement was delivered by the ICM delegate, Mary Higgins.
Report by Mary Higgins