Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services in Europe: A Framework for Action – WHO – 25 February 2011

Posted on March 29, 2011. Filed under: Health Policy, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , |

Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services in Europe: A Framework for Action – WHO – 25 February 2011

Working paper from the first meeting of the European Health Policy Forum

“The document outlines some of the major challenges to health policies and systems in the WHO European Region, including consideration of public health services and infrastructures. In view of the differences in the way European health systems and public health services are organized, operated and governed, the paper makes a clear statement on public health and health systems, including definitions, boundaries and concepts.

The paper proposes a set of ten horizontal essential public health operations (EPHOs), and sets out the core public health services within each of them. These will become the unifying and guiding principles for any European health authorities monitoring, evaluating or setting policies, strategies and actions for reforms and improvement in public health. The paper highlights the major avenues that the WHO Regional Office for Europe intends to take in order to tackle public health and health system challenges. It concludes by proposing specific actions and measures to move towards the attainment of the objectives set.”

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