The inter–disciplinary expert mission visited Belarus from 28 May to 3 June 2014. The mission included Ms Frederiek Mantingh, Technical Officer, Non–communicable Diseases and Health Promotion, Dr Maria Skarphedinsdottir, Technical Officer, Health Systems and Public Health, Ms Anne Stæhr Johansen, WHO consultant on health care financing, Professor Arnoldas Jurgutis, WHO consultant on  health care systems and Ms Tatiana Elmanova, WHO consultant on public health.

WHO Regional Office for Europe has initiated a work program in the area of health system strengthening to improve Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) outcomes. The objectives of this work program are to (i) produce pragmatic and actionable policy recommendations on those areas of health system strengthening that would allow accelerating gains in key NCD outcomes in selected countries; (ii)  synthesize knowledge and experience around the region related to good practices and health system barriers related to health systems and NCDs; and (iii) build capacity in policy analysis, policy development and implementation through dialogue around the health system strengthening for NCD topic. 

The work starts with country assessments aimed to explore health system barriers that prevent core NCD services being delivered to the population at scale as well as identification of opportunities to overcome them. The study closes with country specific policy recommendations, presented in the form of a report for due consideration, that will allow building a tailored health system strengthening support program for the coming years. 

The inter–disciplinary expert mission visited Belarus from 28 May to 3 June 2014. The mission included Ms Frederiek Mantingh, Technical Officer, Non–communicable Diseases and Health Promotion, Dr Maria Skarphedinsdottir, Technical Officer, Health Systems and Public Health, Ms Anne Stæhr Johansen, WHO consultant on health care financing, Professor Arnoldas Jurgutis, WHO consultant on  health care systems and Ms Tatiana Elmanova, WHO consultant on public health.

During the mission, WHO staff and the international experts worked closely with national experts on health systems governance and monitoring, public health services and service purchasing. The special focus was on cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

The findings of the mission will contribute to the development of the Belarusian National Action Plan on NCDs envisaged by the Biennial Collaborative Agreement between the Ministry of Health of Belarus and WHO Regional Office for Europe 2014–2015 and to the development of the project proposals to the EU on Component 3 on health systems strengthening

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