The WGHS works closely with organizations such as the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Members of the WGHS are Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Both the central government level and the Barents regions in all four countries are represented. The Indigenous People’s Working Group is represented by a member. The EU Commission, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being take part in the work as needed.
The Working Group on Health and related Social issues provides a political structure for health and social cooperation, in which representatives of the national and regional health authorities of the Barents countries meet twice a year to discuss relevant issues.
Finland holds the chairmanship of the WGHS together with Murmansk Region for the period 2022-2023.
The first Barents Health Ministers' Meeting took place in Oslo 12 November 2019. Please follow this link for Joint Statement, presentations and information material related to the meeting.