On 25 January 2021, the SEE Health Network Secretariat Director Dr Mira Jovanovski Dasic and the UNFPA EECARO Regional Director Ms. Alanna Armitage co-signed virtually a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).        

Under the MoU, both sides agreed to continue enhancing regional cooperation in public health as one of the highest priority in underpinning political cooperation and economic development in the SEE region, by undertaking exchange of information, publications and joint development and/or implementation of projects and activities in the areas of mutual interest.

The MoU is an important step in reinforcing the commitment to engage in three transformative results for the health and well-being of the people in the region: ending unmet need for family planning, ending preventable maternal death, and ending gender-based violence and harmful practices.

The cooperation between SEEHN and UNFPA will be particularly facilitated by the dedicated SEEHN Regional Health Development Centre on Sexual and Reproductive Health, hosted by the East European Institute for Reproductive Health in Romania, a long-standing partner of UNFPA and a recognized expertise and innovation incubator in the region.

The agreement highlights the importance and benefits of strengthening the regional collaboration on sexual and reproductive health in the region. Improving sexual and reproductive health is one of the key health priorities on the international agenda and goal of the Action Plan for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Towards Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe – Leaving No One Behind.

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