Implementation of the Tallinn Charter: Final report




In the WHO European Region, the Tallinn Charter: Health Systems for Health and Wealth (1) has helped stewards of health systems – ministries of health – to put a commitment to solidarity, equity and participation at the heart of their decision-making. Important advances include a better understanding of the need to invest both in health systems for the benefit of society and in policies that respond to the needs of vulnerable groups, including measures to extend coverage and to create and sustain universality in entitlements. Health 2020 – the new European health policy framework – which promotes whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches to ensure the contribution of health systems in improving health outcomes, supports this approach.