The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia makes significant progress implementing Health 2020


On 17 February 2016, the WHO Country Office in Skopje hosted an event to present the results achieved by the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in implementing in 2014–2015 Health 2020, the WHO European framework for health and well-being. The achievements result from the country's national agenda, Together for Health for All, which focused on strengthening public health, and addressing the burden of noncommunicable diseases and the determinants of health, including environmental factors.

Key stakeholders from health and other national institutions, including representatives of civil-society organizations, took part in the event. Participants agreed on the need to continue the joint work and collaborative efforts of all sectors of the Government, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, with continuous involvement of local communities, civil-society organizations, individuals, the United Nations and other international organizations.

The event also promoted the release of 2 publications.

  • "Making things happen 2014–2015" provides an overview of WHO activities in the country, focusing on the implementation at national level of Health 2020, the WHO European policy framework for health and well-being.
  • A compendium of policy briefs presents expert views of different areas and disciplines to create a broad range of evidence-based information, which can be used in policy-making for better health and well-being. The briefs were prepared and published with support from the WHO Country Office as part of the special 20th edition of the Journal of European Issues "Evrodijalog".

Partnerships are essential

During the event, key aspects of the development process of the national Health 2020 strategy were highlighted. "Efforts in the WHO Country Office have focused on supporting national authorities for health in taking a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to respond to social, economic and environmental challenges critical for health development. The country has made good progress in many areas. Yet, there is still much to do, and partnerships are essential," said Ms Snezhana Chichevalieva, Head of WHO Country Office.

The WHO Country Office will continue to support the country towards implementation of Health 2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals, and engage in a multisectoral response based on partnership. This will be the main reference point for further developing and implementing the national Health 2020 agenda.