WHO/Europe hosts visit from Bosnia and Herzegovina delegation

On 14 May 2012, Mr Sredoje Novic, Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Dr Ranko Skrbic, Minister of Health and Social Welfare of the Republika Srpska, met Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, and senior management. Dr Rusmir Mesihovic, Minister of Health of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, was not able to join the delegation owing to urgent government matters.

The aims of the ministers’ visit was to learn more about WHO/Europe’s work, discuss the impact of its new policy guidance on health reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina and explore ways to develop the current strong collaboration and further strengthen technical cooperation.

Strong support for Health 2020

In the meeting with the Regional Director, both ministers confirmed their commitment to WHO reform and strongly supported including the values and principles of the new Health 2020 policy into health policies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They thanked the Regional Director for excellent cooperation from WHO/Europe though biennial collaborative agreements and acknowledged WHO’s generous support in strengthening and consolidating partnership mechanisms in Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as the South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN). The European Union and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria were discussed as other such mechanisms that contribute significantly to health improvements in the country. In addition, the organization of a high-level health policy meeting in Bosnia and Herzegovina was considered.

Technical briefings

The ministers also met WHO/Europe managers in key technical areas to discuss collaboration in such areas as health policy development, immunization, health information systems and international health reporting requirements, noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors, and the implementation of the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR).