Creating enabling environments and promoting active living and mobility in Bosnia and Herzegovina

WHO

The meeting “Creating enabling environments and promoting active living and mobility of people in Bosnia and Herzegovina” took place in Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 12–13 June 2017. The meeting was organized and hosted by WHO in collaboration with health authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, represented by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Republika Srpska, Ministry of Health of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Department of Health and Other Services of Brčko District.

The meeting aimed to position health-enhancing physical activity at all ages into the wider context of effective and efficient prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, as well as sustainable development of healthy communities and society as a whole. Participants discussed the evidence and best international practices for health promoting strategies that create supportive environments and encourage active living. They also explored further opportunities to support stakeholders in Bosnia and Herzegovina in streamlining potential synergic intersectoral approaches and specific actions for the achievement of active and healthy living.

This intersectoral policy dialogue was a part of the project “Developing and advancing modern and sustainable public health strategies, capacities and services to improve population health in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, which has been developed and financially supported in partnership between the Swiss Government and WHO. It is being implemented by WHO/Europe and the WHO Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina during 2013–2018.

Among participants were senior representatives from health authorities, other ministries and departments in Bosnia and Herzegovina; policy-makers, public health professionals, public health managers and specialists from the Public Health Institute of the Republika Srpska, the Public Health Institute of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Cantonal Public Health Institutes in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina; as well as family medicine educators and practitioners, and doctors and nurses from family medicine education centres in the Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.