National workshop to finalize action plan on noncommunicable diseases in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

WHO

WHO/Europe organized a workshop on 11 May 2016, continuing its efforts to support the development of a national action plan on noncommunicable diseases in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The 30 participants included medical doctors from tertiary health care institutions (cardiologists, endocrinologists and diabetes specialists); hygiene, social medicine and environmental health specialists from the National Public Health Institute and regional public health centres; and representatives of the Ministry of Health, Association for Family Medicine, Association for Hypertension and the city of Skopje. The workshop included presentations on the National Health 2020 strategy.

The workshop ensured an inclusive process to finalize the action plan, by creating synergies between relevant responsible institutions and sectors in noncommunicable diseases. Through group discussions, national experts defined the actions, responsibilities and monitoring framework that will be part of the action plan and agreed on further steps to finalize this process. It is expected that the strategy and action plan will be finalized by the end of June 2016.

About the action plan

The draft plan has been developed on the basis of a country assessment on noncommunicable diseases within the health system, undertaken with WHO/Europe's support in June 2015. The action plan will be aligned with the National Health 2020 Strategy, currently in the process of endorsement by the Government.