First training module on essential public health operations conducted in Tiraspol
The first module of the intensive training course on the management of essential public health operations was provided to participants in Tiraspol, Republic of Moldova on 27–29 September 2017. The training course was designed for managers of health-care institutions from the left bank of the Dniester River and was developed by WHO experts in collaboration with the School of Public Health Management, Chisinau, with the support of the WHO Country Office in the Republic of Moldova.
The objectives of course are:
- to provide adequate knowledge about essential public health operations and their role in shaping public health services;
- to familiarize participants with the methodologies required in order to assess, evaluate and report on the health needs of the population they are responsible for;
- to prepare participants to develop practical solutions to challenges faced in their daily work.
During the opening ceremony, Haris Hajrulahovic, WHO Representative to the Republic of Moldova, stressed that “the scope of the current training is to improve the daily work of managers and heads of health-care institutions to ensure a high quality of services”.
In his presentation, Mr Hajrulahovic addressed the role of WHO as the gatekeeper of public health around the world. WHO goals, priorities and strategic objectives were discussed with participants, with a special focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the European policy for health and well-being: Health 2020.
Professor Oleg Lozan, Director of the School of Public Health Management, provided an overview of the conceptual framework for a new comprehensive approach to public health. The approach aims at protecting and promoting the health status of the individual and society based on a balance of sanitary, environmental, health promotion, personal and community-oriented preventive services, coordinated with a wide range of curative, rehabilitative and long-term care services.
Anna Cichowska Myrup, Programme Manager for Public Health Services, WHO Europe, outlined the European Action Plan for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services.
The WHO expert from Slovenia, Professor Tit Albreht, presented the Essential Public Health Operations Framework as an efficient instrument to assess and plan for stronger public health services and capacities at national level.
The training module combines face-to-face interactions and teleconferences, as well as group discussions and debates.
The training course is intended for 20 managers of health-care institutions in the Republic of Moldova, including primary health care clinics, hospitals and public health service providers. Alongside theoretical training, special attention is paid to the practical aspects of public health. In this context, a series of study visits to a variety of health-care institutions and international organizations is planned throughout the course. The course is planned to run from September 2017 to February 2018.
The role of the course is to fill important gaps in public health skills, which are an essential instrument for the overall management of health challenges, such as ageing and migration, the increasing burden of chronic conditions and environmental problems. Aiming to foster professional networking, to promote communication and knowledge transfer, the training content was developed based on the results of an assessment of essential public health operations performed in 2016 and the requirements for public health workforce competencies.
WHO support for this activity is included in the Biennial Collaborative Agreement between the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Moldova and WHO Europe. The initiative is funded by the European Union programme “Support to Confidence Building Measures” and is coordinated by WHO, under technical assistance and capacity-building activities in the health sector.