Regional Director speaks at opening of Medipol University, Turkey

Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, spoke today at the opening of Medipol University in Istanbul, Turkey. Ms Jakab noted that the WHO European Region faces a number of challenges in the quest for better health, including wide health inequalities within and between countries, changing demographics and lifestyles, the burden of noncommunicable diseases and re-emerging communicable diseases.

WHO/Europe assists Member States to address the challenges faced by their national health systems through developing a coherent European health policy; promoting a renewed political commitment to comprehensive national health policies, strategies and plans; continuing to encourage stronger health systems; and rejuvenating commitment to public health capacity, functions and services.