Director of SEEHN Secretariat Dr. Mira Jovanovski Dasic had an interview for the National Television of Montenegro on 12 July 2017.

The aim of the interview was for her to explain the significance of SEEHN and to give a brief overview of the existing cooperation between the SEE countries.

The director said that being in charge of the SEEHN Secretariat is yet another professional challenge for her and that her main goal is to do as much as she can in this capacity in order to implement new initiatives for the benefit of  all the member states within the SEE Health Network.

The SEE Health Network, as she explained, is a multi-government organization working to boost public health in SEE.

The Network acts as a regional resource, knowledge base and repository of expertise, with strong links to European and global organizations as partners.

South Eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) operates at both political level with ministries of health and technical with Regional Health Development Centers (RHDC).

In addition, the SEEHN Presidency rotates among the health ministries of Member States every six months, with now being presided by Bulgaria, and subsequently by Israel.

At technical level, RHDC provide technical support to specific health activities addressed at regional public health level. The RHDCs play a major role in coordinating essential public health operations, standardizing protocols and procedures, exchanging data securely and reliably and establishing joint training programmes for experts.

Organizing such initiatives at the regional level not only improve the quality of the processes, but involve substantial rationalization of resources. Accordingly SEEHN will make a roster of technical experts who belong to the SEE region and this will be used as technical resource.

As a first step towards upgrading the work of the RHDC, an event at the beginning of September 2017 will be organized in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, where all RHDC directors and partners will gather.

And last, but not the least, Dr Jovanovski-Dasic stated that Health Systems are not perfect, but that the MS of SEEHN must try to improve their efficiency by reaching these main goals:

  • Sustaining and strengthening the regional cooperation in public health in South-eastern Europe
  • Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Striving universal health coverage (UHC) for every person
  • Reinforcement of regional and national action preparedness and response to emergencies and related population movement and migration

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