Health system reform on the agenda during the Minister of Health of Montenegro’s visit
Professor Budimir Segrt, Minister of Health of Montenegro, emphasized the importance of health sector reform in his country during his visit WHO/Europe on 18 January 2016. The Minister said that improving the education, knowledge and skills of health workers, introducing a new financing model for secondary and tertiary health care and ensuring good governance of drugs and medicine were essential components of the reform.
During discussions, Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, applauded Montenegro's active role in sustainable development and underlined the importance of the Regional health networks to which the country belongs – the South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) and the Small Countries Initiative. She underlined the strategic relevance of these networks for working towards the Sustainable Development Goals and the value of Health 2020 in advocating for health and well-being in setting national agendas.
The meeting provided an opportunity for the Minister and his delegation to meet senior management at WHO/Europe and to discuss collaboration with and support from WHO on issues such as communicable diseases, preparedness, surveillance and response, noncommunicable diseases, promoting health throughout the life course and health systems.
Professor Segrt and Dr Jakab signed a biennial collaborative agreement (BCA) between WHO/Europe and Montenegro, setting out the priorities for joint work in 2016–2017.