Publications on health promotion in hospitals now available in Czech language

As a long-standing member of the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (HPH Network), the Czech Republic actively seeks to improve the quality of health care in hospitals. To strengthen these efforts, three key WHO/Europe documents have been translated and recently released in the Czech language:

  • Implementing health promotion in hospitals: Manual and self-assessment forms
  • Health promotion in hospitals: Evidence and quality management
  • The International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services: Integrating health promotion into hospitals and health services – Concepts, framework and organization

HPH Network

The HPH Network was initiated by the WHO Regional Office for Europe as a settings approach for health care organizations to improve the quality of health care, the relationship between hospitals/health services, the community and the environment and the satisfaction of patients, relatives and staff.

The Czech Republic has participated in the Network since 2003 through four hospital organizations. In the past decade the country has contributed to several international pilot projects as well as implementation of a learning module for HPH programme coordinators and a countrywide seminar on the programme for 80 hospital managers.

The Czech Minister of Health, Mr Leoš Heger, also recently visited the WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence-based Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Services at Bispebjerg University Hospital in Denmark, which is responsible for coordination of the Network. Building on the important progress of the Network, the Czech Republic has expanded the Network within the country to nine hospitals. 

Currently, the Czech Republic is assessing public health capacities and services using the WHO self-assessment tool on essential public health operations (EPHOs). Three hospitals participated in the pilot audit provided in 2012 and eight hospitals have applied for the audit to be conducted in 2013 and 2014.