WHO/Europe forging closer links with St Petersburg
21 September 2010
At the annual meeting of the European Forum of Medical Associations (EFMA) and WHO, held in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, and Leah Wapner, EFMA Secretary-General, met with Vadim Tyulpanov, Chairman of the St Petersburg Assembly; Lyudmila Kostkina, Vice-Governor of St Petersburg; Sergey Andenko, Deputy Chairman, St Petersburg Assembly; and Oleg Grinenko, Deputy Chairman, Healthcare Committee, St Petersburg Administration. They discussed St Petersburg’s interest in joining the WHO Healthy Cities network and WHO support for initiatives to prevent and control tuberculosis.
At the opening of the meeting, Zsuzsanna Jakab described her vision of how to address the WHO European Region’s most pressing health problems and adapt WHO’s work to meet countries’ needs. Her top priority is developing a new European health policy, Health 2020.
Noting the broad support for Ms Jakab’s vision expressed by the sixtieth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, held in Moscow on 13–16 September, senior officials from the city of St Petersburg welcomed the Regional Director’s vision. Ms Jakab thanked Mr Tyulpanov and Ms Kostkina for their strong interest, which reflected the importance given to health at all levels of government in the Russian Federation.
EFMA was established in 1984 to enable open and continuous dialogue between WHO and European national medical associations. It is an independent organization that works to improve the quality of health care across the Region and formulate consensus on health policies.