SEE Health Network joins the celebration of the European Week Against Cancer to highlight the crucial importance of beating cancer in its 9 Member States. The European Commission on the health domain in the period 2019-2024 has as a core priority and focus on shaping Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan (#EUCancerPlan).

For most SEEHN member countries, premature mortality due to malignant neoplasms is higher than that for the WHO European Region (70 deaths per 100 000 in 2014)[1], except for Israel.

SEEHN Member States share common challenges similar to the rest of the European countries.

Today, 26th May, we focus on early detection. In this context a EC TAIEX Multi-Country WORKSHOP on Scaling up colorectal cancer (CRC) screening programs has been organized in Podgorica, Montenegro 12 – 13 December 2019, thanks to the financial support of EC TAIEX with the collaborative effort of the SEEHN Regional Health Development Center (RHDC) on Non communicable disease (NCD) hosted by Montenegro and the SEEHN Secretariat.

The meeting aimed to tackle the implementation of programmes in South-eastern Europe Health Network member states including [2] Kosovo* and Turkey, pointing out in particular the methodology, reporting indicators, quality and impact, achievements, campaigns and awareness, improvements and setbacks. This Workshop enabled exchanging experiences and presenting good practices in the SEE Region and on how to apply European Union (EU) Recommendations and standards in order to improve and strengthen the control of the CRC.


[2] *This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

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