10th Flagship Course on Health Systems Strengthening

Focus on noncommunicable diseases

21-30 October 2013, Barcelona, Spain

WHO/Europe’s Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening is hosting the 10th Flagship Course on Health Systems Strengthening. The Course’s special theme is how to strengthen health systems to address the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.

The application deadline is 10 September 2013. Enrolment decisions will be sent to applicants by 16 September 2013.


WHO/Europe and the Health Policy Analysis Centre of Kyrgyzstan jointly offer the eight-day training programme. The Course will be open to both English- and Russian-speaking audiences; all presentations will be simultaneously translated from English to Russian and all materials available in both languages.

The Course will:

  • take a systematic approach, linking policy objectives with effective instruments;
  • integrate theory and international experience with a spotlight on good practices; and 
  • include three modules: the health-policy cycle and health system performance, organization of population and individual health services, and health financing.

In addition, the Course will spotlight the health system of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia in Spain. It will include field visits to health facilities to explore primary care and care coordination for chronic diseases, terminal care for cancer patients, good practices in diabetes management and the role of e-health and telemedicine in reaching out to patients.

Participant requirements

The Course is open to people from all 53 Member States in the WHO European Region. The target groups are national and regional government officials from health ministries, health insurance funds and economic and finance ministries; representatives of academic institutions, and international and nongovernmental organizations; and health-service providers in the public and private sectors.


The fee for the Course is €800 and includes tuition, materials, Internet access, lunches and coffee breaks. Participants are responsible for covering the costs of their travel, accommodation and subsistence while in Barcelona.


The Course instructors include experts from WHO/Europe, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Harvard School of Public Health, United States.

Contact and registration information

For additional information, contact:

  • Aida Abdraimova (tel.: +996 312 666 244); or
  • Asel Dunganova (tel.: +996 312 660-998).

Submit completed applications by:

  • e-mail (aida@hpac.kg or asel@hpac.kg); or
  • fax: +996 312 663 649.