National workshop on development of public health strategy in Republic of Moldova

LCM Agency/Alexandru Otel

During 8-9 December 2011, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova, with the support of WHO/Europe and the WHO Country Office, Republic of Moldova, convened a two-day workshop to debate the new public health strategy components on the basis of the results of a self-evaluation of public health operation, services and activities.

The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova, National Centre of Public Health, State Medical and Pharmaceutical University, and representatives of various ministries, development partners and national experts. From WHO/Europe, Dr Maria Ruseva, Programme Manager, Public Health Services, and Dr Richard Alderslade, Senior Adviser, Health Policy, provided technical assistance to national specialists in developing content for a national public health strategy.

Results of the workshop

Participants agreed to finalize the draft self-evaluation report of public health operation, services and activities. The evaluation and consensus around the current situation will be crucial input to the national public health strategy development. The key stakeholders involved in public health defined and agreed on a timeline and process for the coming months. The strategy will be developed in line with The new European policy for health – Health 2020 and Strengthening public health capacities and services in Europe: a framework for action.

In order to have a comprehensive approach in strengthening the national public health services, the self-evaluation exercise of public health operation, services and activities will be followed by the development of a national public health strategy, and evaluation and alignment of the national public health legislation with the European Union requirements, as well as a nation-wide training component of public health specialists.

This two-day workshop and the followup process of strengthening the public health services are part of the EU-funded technical assistance programme which is under WHO coordination and related to budget support to the Republic of Moldova.