Intersectoral high-level dialogue in Belarus focuses on increasing efficiency and effectiveness of primary care services for noncommunicable diseases


A high-level policy dialogue was held on 12 July 2016 in Minsk, Belarus, to discuss the main obstacles to and the optimal strategies for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of primary health care services in addressing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Health of Belarus. The participation of representatives from other ministries – including the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection – and the Parliamentary Commission on Health resulted in a comprehensive, intersectoral approach to this important matter.

The meeting also provided a platform for launching the new WHO report, “Better noncommunicable disease outcomes: challenges and opportunities for health systems: Belarus country assessment (2016)”.  

A constructive discussion was held on individual and population interventions for effective control of NCDs, with a focus on existing risk factors and modernization of primary health care. The discussion emphasized increasing the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of interventions and moving from outdated practices towards evidence-based, patient-oriented primary care services.

Participants agreed on the next steps, which will be coordinated by the recently established Intersectoral Coordination Council under the chairmanship of the Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus.

The event was conducted within the framework of the project “Preventing noncommunicable diseases, promoting healthy lifestyles and support to the modernization of the health system of Belarus.” The project is implemented by four UN agencies (UNDP, WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA) and financed by the European Union.