SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE HEALTH NETWORK
REGIONAL ALLIANCE FOR PEACE, HEALTH, WELL-BEING, DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY
IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE
WHO WE ARE
The South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) is regional intergovernmental organization founded in 2001 with aim to promote collaboration, common values and to encourage mutual efforts towards peace, health and well-being of the people in the SEEHN member states. SEEHN is providing platform for discussion and exchange of best practices in priority areas of main concern between its 9 (nine) member states: Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Bulgaria, State of Israel, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania and Republic of Serbia. Seat of the SEEHN Secretariat is in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia.
SEEHN mission is to improve health of member states’ populations through better and more intense cooperation, collaboration, integration, capacity building and coordination in public health at regional level, by following a comprehensive approach that integrates health in all policies.
SEEHN POLITICAL COMMITMENTS
The Chisinau Pledge (2017), established the basis for the continuation of the cooperation in public health in the forthcoming period and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The Banja Luka Pledge (2011), providing commitment to extend sub regional cooperation and enhance partnerships towards achieving equity and accountability in health through implementing a whole government approach and a focus on non-communicable diseases.
The Skopje Pledge (2005), focused on cross-border health development, through an innovative approach that fostered collaborative efforts to put health on the agenda of economic development. It was signed by nine ministers of health with special participation of ministers of finance.
The Dubrovnik Pledge (2001), focused on modernizing seven areas of public health of common interest and vulnerable populations.
SEEHN ADDED VALUE
Why do we need this kind of cooperation?
- It is the only SEE regional organization exclusively focused on health
- It addresses common health issues in SEEHN member states (Western Balkans and beyond)
- It serves as an additional channel for cooperation
- It advocates with a single voice for public health
- It is becoming a meaningful voice for global health.
- SEEHN serves as an influential tool for health diplomacy
- It is a platform for fundraising and project development
PRINCIPLES OF THE REGIONAL COLLABORATION
- regional ownership
- transparency and accountability
- equal and active involvement of all member states
- equal distribution of activities and resources
SEEHN TECHNICAL ENGAGEMENT
SEEHN REGIONAL HEALTH DEVELOPMENT CENTRES (RHDCs)
The technical collaboration is of extreme importance, it is led by the nine SEEHN RHDCs responsible for coordination and carrying out of regional programmes, projects and activities, taking into consideration the needs of the SEEHN member states. SEEHN member states are hosting RHDCs in different technical areas:
- RHDC on Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Control, Tirana, Republic of Albania
- RHDC on Mental Health, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- RHDC on Antimicrobial Resistance, Sofia, Republic of Bulgaria
- RHDC on Public Health Services, Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
- RHDC on Human Resources for Health, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
- RHDC on Non-Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Control, Podgorica, Montenegro
- RHDC on Blood Safety, Bucharest, Romania
- RHDC on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Tirgu-Mures, Romania
RHDC on Accreditation and Continuous Quality Improvement of health Care, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia