Policy dialogue on public health reform and sanitary-epidemiological stations (SANEPIDs) in the countries of eastern Europe, the Caucasus and central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 10-12 November 2008

SANEPIDs have traditionally played an important role in addressing health threats caused by various sources. However, they have weakened over time and are lagging behind in the overall health reform processes. They need to be modernized. Several of the eastern Europe, the Caucasus and central Asian (EECCA) countries are in the midst of SANEPID reforms and others have only recently started.

The aim of this policy dialogue was to review the current practice of public health and SANEPID services in the newly independent states (NIS), to identify potential weaknesses and areas for improvement.

Rationale

This meeting was part of the follow-up to the WHO European Ministerial Conference on Health Systems (Tallinn, Estonia, 25–27 June 2008), and contributed to the preparation of the WHO Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health.