WHO/Europe supported the organization of a session on Health 2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals during a national conference on preventive medicine, “Days of Preventive Medicine”, 3–5 November 2016

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WHO/Europe in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, supported the organization of a conference on preventive medicine in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, named “Days of Preventive Medicine”, held in Ohrid from 3 to 5 November 2016.

The conference was organized by the Medical Society of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in cooperation with the Association of Specialists in Hygiene and Environmental Health, the Association of Specialists in Epidemiology, the Association of Specialists in Social Medicine and Health Care Organization, the Association of Specialists in Microbiology, and the Association of Specialists in Occupational Medicine.

About 170 participants – mainly medical doctors specializing in areas such as epidemiology, microbiology, social medicine and environmental health – gathered to discuss topics of interest in the country in the context of strengthening the intersectoral approach to responding to public health challenges, as well as the creation of mechanisms for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) and the National Health 2020 Strategy and its related action plans. The academic contribution was provided by academic staff of the medical faculties of two universities in the country.

As part of this event, WHO supported the organization of an introductory session on Health 2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Ms Snezhana Chichevalieva, Project Manager for Health Policies, WHO/Europe, described the challenges in implementing Health 2020 and the 2030 Agenda at national level, pointing out the need for strong intersectoral cooperation at all levels. Professor Jovanka Karadzinska Bislimovska outlined the national Health 2020 process and the necessary steps for implementation of the 2030 Agenda at national level.

Following the introductory event, five intersectoral sessions took place over two days, with 37 oral presentations in the areas of:

  • public health aspects of chronic noncommunicable diseases;
  • health and the environment – modern challenges of environmental health;
  • antimicrobial resistance and other challenges in microbiology;
  • epidemiology of communicable and noncommunicable diseases;
  • global and national action plans for occupational health.

Participants had the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience, to discuss various relevant public health topics and to exchange ideas for further research and collaboration. A joint statement on strengthening preventive medicine at the national and local levels in line with the National Health 2020 Strategy and its action plans and the 2030 Agenda was adopted by the participants.