How to strengthen public health services? Lessons from 9 European countries

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies has released a new study comparing the experience of 9 European countries in organizing, financing and staffing public health services. It serves as a source of inspiration for policy-makers in Europe and elsewhere in their efforts to strengthen public health capacities and services.

The study sets out the main structures, explores common trends and illustrates the major differences between countries.

Though the countries covered by the study (England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Poland and the Republic of Moldova) have diverse contexts, they are all seeking ways to respond to the main health challenges affecting their populations.

This country case study, produced in collaboration with the Division of Health Systems and Public Health at WHO/Europe, is the first in a series of 3 publications focusing on the state of public health services in Europe.