Subregional training course for the central Asian republics on public health leadership

15–18 June 2015, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

WHO/Europe is organizing the 1st subregional training course on public health leadership for the central Asian republics. The course is provided by WHO/Europe's Division of Health Systems and Public Health and hosted by the Government of Uzbekistan.

About the course

The training will seek to display good practice in public health leadership for improved and more equitable population health and well-being. The course provides a platform to present and discuss the most recent evidence and the challenges and opportunities in public health leadership across the WHO European Region and globally, taking particular account of the context of the central Asian republics. The training is particularly aimed at improving understanding of practical leadership approaches and mechanisms in the context of Health2020, drawing on experience within and beyond the health sector; supporting practical skills to public health leadership; and fostering exchange and networking on public health leadership among colleagues in the central Asian republics.

Within these aims, the flagship course has specific objectives.

  • Recognize the complex and political nature of public health.
  • Develop a shared understanding of public health leadership (locally, across the Region and globally).
  • Explore leadership in the context of improving public health; improving understanding on how public health services can be governed, resourced and organized to maximize equitable health and well-being outcomes.
  • Improve understanding of the practical leadership approaches in the context of Health 2020.
  • Identify leadership opportunities for intersectoral policy change to improve public health.
  • Identify opportunities for whole-of-society approaches to improving public health and the leadership role.
  • Generate insights into general leadership concepts within the health sector and learning from leadership approaches in other sectors.
  • Explore the role of leadership in managing change, negotiation and building effective teams.
  • Begin to develop an intersectoral community of practice among local leaders influencing improvement of public health.


The core training team is composed of:

  • Dr Katarzyna Czabanowska, Associate Professor, Department of International Health, Maastricht University, the Netherlands;
  • Dr Elke Jakubowski, Programme Manager, Public Health Services, WHO/Europe;
  • Dr Catherine Hannaway, Programme Director, Leadership Programmes in Centre for Public Policy & Health, Durham University, United Kingdom;
  • Dr Martin Krayer von Krauss, Technical Officer, Public Health Services, WHO/Europe; and
  • Dr Elena Varavikova, MD, PhD, MPH, Leading Researcher, Research Institute for Health Organization and Informatics, Moscow, Russian Federation.

Target groups and participants

The training is provided to mid- to senior-level public health policy-makers and administrators from the 5 central Asian republics – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – and the Russian Federation.