Malta is situated by the Mediterranean Sea and is located south of Italy and north of Libya. In 2012, the Ministry of Health in Malta initiated development of a national health system strategy for 2013–2020 (NHSS) in order to meet the many challenges facing the health system in Malta. These challenges include an ageing population, growing burden of noncommunicable and chronic diseases and environmental changes.
Top storyGlobal health diplomacy course for small countries held in Cyprus
Specific issues addressed on the course include considering diplomacy challenges related to the resilience and vulnerability of the health workforce, and using global and regional policy documents to address national issues such as promoting healthy food.
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Ministry of health
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PublicationsBuilding resilience: a key pillar of Health 2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals – Examples from the WHO Small Countries Initiative More publications
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Life expectancy at birth, in years (as of 2011)
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Small countries initiative
WHO established the small countries initiative so that countries in the WHO European Region with a population of less than 1 million people can share their knowledge on implementing Health 2020Read more