The WHO Country Office Latvia was established in 1991 in Riga to serve as a direct link between the Government of Latvia and WHO. The Country Office is the focal point for WHO activities in Latvia and the Country team consists of 2 staff members. After independence in 1991, Latvia initially moved to create a social health insurance type system. However, problems with decentralized planning and fragmented and inefficient financing led to this being gradually reversed, and ultimately the establishment in 2011 of a National Health Service type system. The main causes of death in Latvia are diseases of the circulatory system, malignant tumors and external causes.

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The eHealth journey in Latvia

In a journey that started over a decade ago, the Ministry of Health of Latvia demonstrated its commitment to achieving universal health coverage by creating a national programme of electronic health (eHealth). This has been a key element of ensuring that Latvian people receive the right care in the right place and at the right time.

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WHO/Europe offices

WHO Country Office, Latvia
Pils iela 21
Riga LV-1050
Tel.: +371 6 7503619
Fax: +371 6 7503603

Ministry of health

Ministry of Health
Brīvības street 71
Riga LV-1011
Tel.: +371 6 7876000
Fax: +371 6 7876002

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Life expectancy at birth, in years (as of 2010)

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