Institutionalization of self-assessment of essential public health operations in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

WHO

WHO continues to support the country in its efforts to institutionalize the essential public health operations (EPHO) assessments used to monitor progress in public health at national level.

On 26 April 2016 in Skopje, the WHO Country Office provided technical support for a workshop that developed draft modules and a programme for a two-day training on the use of the EPHO self-assessment tool, developed by WHO. The modules were developed by national experts who coordinated a self-assessment in 2014, with technical guidance from the Centre for Regional Policy Research and Cooperation (Studiorum).

The two-day training was held on 18–19 May 2016, in which over 30 participants were trained on the use of EPHO self-assessment tool. The participants, representing health and other sector institutions from all over the country, had a chance to also use the translated and adapted EPHO e-tool developed at national level. The e-tool is available for online real-time use at the National Health2020 e-platform.

This training is another step in the country's efforts to institutionalize the EPHO assessment process, which upon the adoption of the public health action plan, expected by the end of 2016, will be performed on a regular basis to provide feedback and assess progress.

Background

Upon the successful completion of the self-assessment of EPHOs in 2014 using the WHO tool, the country developed its first public health action plan that runs until 2020. After a series of national workshops during 2014 and 2015, the country embarked on the process of developing capacities at local level, envisaged to expand the scope of the self-assessment both vertically and horizontally.

This training is another step in the country's efforts to institutionalize the EPHO assessment process, which upon the adoption of the public health action plan, expected by the end of 2016, will be performed on a regular basis to provide feedback and assess progress.