Belarus supports primary care health system strengthening project


A workshop on modernization of the health system, with a particular focus on primary care, was held in Minsk, Belarus, in October 2016, supported by WHO experts. The main topics discussed were:

  • scope of practice;
  • training needs for general practitioners, nurses, feldshers and physicians’ assistants working in primary care;
  • performance indicators for interventions on the main risk factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and physical activity, related to arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus type 2 and chronic obstructive lung disease.

The event was attended by members of the working groups established by the Ministry of Health to implement BELMED project activities in the areas of strategic planning and financing; protocols and competences; and coordination and continuity.

BELMED is an overarching project entitled “Preventing noncommunicable diseases, promoting healthy lifestyle and support to modernization of the health system in Belarus 2016–2019”. It is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Ministry of Health of Belarus in collaboration with WHO, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).