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Health and Social Issues

The Working Group on Health and related Social issues (WGHS) brings together governments, regions, organizations and experts in health and related social issues with the aim to improve public health and social well-being of the people in the Barents Region.

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.

WGHS in Syktyvkar, November 2018

Barents Framework Collaboration Programme on Health and Related Social issues 2020-2023

The WGHS prepares its own health and social programme for four years at a time. The current programme covers the period 2020-2023. The programme can be downloaded from this link.

The main priority areas of the programme are:

  • Prevention and control of communicable diseases
  • Improved health and increased access to health care in sparsely populated areas
  • Improved environment for growth and development of children and youth
  • Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases

Specialized programmes have been worked out by specialists on the request of the WGHS. The programmes can be seen as sub-programmes under the Barents Health Programme. These are:

Information pages for Children and Youth at Risk in the Barents Region - CYAR

Active until 2019

More information about the The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being

Contacts

Finland

Sweden

Norway

Russia

Other representatives