Health – from a contributor to peace-building to an integral part of economic development and prosperity

Abstract

This paper argues that through the South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN), the health sector has proven to be a post-conflict recovery platform after the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, which were marked with regional political, social and economic turmoil. SEEHN contributed to reconciliation, peace and stability in south-eastern Europe. Serving as a platform for trust-building, it has brought countries to the same table to pool together resources among stakeholders and establish a shared vision by implementing joint regional projects on common health concerns. Over the years, SEEHN has shifted its vision towards promoting health as an integral part of economic development through a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach. However, SEEHN is facing new and ongoing challenges, both internal and external, that put it at risk of operational stagnation and undermine its sustainability.

 

Keywords

South-eastern Europe Health Network

Intergovernmental cooperation in health

Network governance theory

External partners

Health as a Bridge for Peace

Shared vision and trust-building

Health and economic development

Health in All Policies

Whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach

Health equality

EU integration process






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