WHO representative to Russian Federation delivers lecture in country’s oldest university

WHO/Olga Manukhina

At the invitation of the Faculty of Political Science, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Dr Melita Vujnovic, WHO Representative to the Russian Federation, delivered a lecture at the opening of the advanced training programme for senior executives in the health sector on 25 September 2017.

Dr Vujnovic gave a comprehensive overview of the collaboration between WHO and the Russian Federation, presenting a historical perspective and strategic areas for cooperation at country, regional and global levels. The baseline for the current stage of cooperation is the Country cooperation strategy for the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation 2014–2020. This document highlights the following priorities:

  • strengthening capacity for global and regional cooperation in health between the Russian Federation and WHO;
  • creating a comprehensive environment of prevention and ensuring health through a life-course approach;
  • strengthening performance of health systems.

Dr Vujnovic also stressed the importance of sustainable development on the global agenda and, in particular, achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages.

The advanced training programme on state policy and crisis management in the health sector was developed with the cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Health and marked the start of regular advanced training for public health practitioners and managers from the country’s regions. The curriculum, covering 36 academic hours, aims to teach the skills for analysing the production and economic activities of medical settings, and the knowledge to develop a plan for financial recovery following a crisis.

Participants of the first course represented 7 regions of the Russian Federation: Lipetsk, Novosibirsk and Sverdlovsk regions; the Republic of Bashkortostan; the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra; St Petersburg; and Moscow.