Achieving equity and accountability in health

South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) is organizing a meeting on equity in Health in All Policies (eHiAP) in Moravske Toplice, on 7-8 November 2012.

Hosted by the Ministry of Health of Slovenia and facilitated by the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development (WHO Venice Office), the meeting is designed for technical focal points and experts from each Member State implementing equity in Health in All Policies (eHiAP).

Health in All Policies (HiAP) addresses complex challenges of health and well-being by promoting an integrated policy response across sector and portfolio boundaries, incorporating concern for health and health equity impacts into the policy development process of all sectors and agencies. The Banja Luka Pledge signed in 2011 reinforced the Region’s commitment for advancing the HiAP approach.

In this view, the meeting has the overall aim to support Network countries to advance implementation of the second pillar of the Banja Luka Pledge on HiAP: Achieving equity and accountability in health.

The objectives of the meetings are:

  • to present findings of a recent report (1) reviewing European evidence on why interventions to reduce inequities either success or fail;
  • to increase knowledge and share lessons learned from other countries in Europe and internationally on how to improve health and reduce inequities as a whole of government approach;
  • to experience the Investment for Health and Development (IFH) approach being implemented in Murska Sobota, through a site visit to the IFH Policy Innovation Site;
  • to discuss the implications for how network countries can govern better to achieve equity and accountability in health;
  • to identify the institutional and human resource capacities that need to be prioritised for future support; and
  • to inform the development of a medium term plan of capacity building for the period 2012-2015 to support implementation of commitments in the Banja Luka Pledge on eHiAP.

(1) Opportunities for scaling up and strengthening health in all policies in south-eastern Europe, Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe (forthcoming).