WHO subregional workshop in collaboration with the South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN)

9–10 November 2015, Varna, Bulgaria

WHO/Europe will convene a subregional workshop in collaboration with SEEHN, the Medical University of Varna (Bulgaria) and the National Center of Public Health and Analyses. The emphasis of the 2-day workshop will be on transforming health workforce education and training in support of Health 2020.

Background

SEEHN represents the partnership of 10 Member States, working towards achieving regional cooperation and collaboration for peace, reconciliation and health. Following an era of conflict and civil unrest, the international community developed the Stability Pact for south-eastern Europe in 1999, and laid the foundations for regional co-operation, conflict prevention and reconstruction of damaged nations. 

The original signatories were Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Israel was welcomed into SEEHN as a new partner and the 10th nation of the network, a momentous event in increasing the extent of global partnerships and solidarity to achieve health goals.

Health is recognized as not only a human right, but also an important factor in achieving economic growth and prosperity. This fundamental concept has underpinned the development of SEEHN, with the signing of the Dubrovnik Pledge in September 2001 at the first South-eastern Europe Health Ministers Forum, outlining the goals of partnerships to achieve improvements in health care services, access and social cohesion.