WHO Collaborating Centre on health systems and public health
On January 7, 2014 the Federal research Institute for Health Organization and Informatics has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on health systems and public health.
The Collaborating Centre is designated to carry out following activities:
In the framework of Collaborating Centre it is planned to create an international forum, which will be the main information platform for effective dialogue between stakeholders.
An important step to improve local health systems for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases and mental health disorders will be the preparation of WHO publications.
To achieve these goals it is planned to establish working groups, to coordinate activities, and to hold meetings. Based on existing experience of Russian-speaking countries and in close collaboration with WHO, models and series of measures will be created to promote European action plan to improve the health care systems.
One of the key goals is to organize capacity building workshops for medical staff, in accordance with WHO training experience, however taking into account the local features of health systems and traditions of specialists' training in this field.
It is to be recalled that the decision on the establishment of the World Health Organization was adopted in 1945, within negotiations on creation of the United Nations. WHO Constitution came into force in 1948. The organization carries out coordination within the United Nations framework. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health issues, creating of the research agenda in the field of health, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, monitoring health situation and assessing the dynamics of its changes.
There are in total about 800 WHO collaborating centers in more than 80 countries, 19 of them are in Russia. Collaborating centers are created in university-based research institutes and academic institutions, with purpose to support the activities of the WHO.
Representatives of the Member States of the European Region of WHO, using the Russian language, as well as representatives and experts from the WHO, participated in the workshop. Also, in this workshop participated representatives of national public health of the Russian Federation, including health care institutions at federal and regional levels, as well as institutions, making policy in the field of public health, research institutes and academia.
The workshop program covered the four components. The first part was devoted to the official presentation of the new WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Systems and Public Health. The second part focused on strengthening public health in the European region, and included the presentation of the new revised self-assessment tool of public health. The third part of the program included the presentation of the self-assessment of the Russian Federation, followed by a discussion on the effects of reforms of the Russian public health. The measures to improve public health in the Russian Federation were also discussed. In the fourth part of the program representatives of the participating states shared their experiences in conducting and using the assessment of public health.
The participants of the workshop were welcomed by: Vladimir Starodubov - Director of the FRIHOI of the Russian Ministry of Health, Academy of Medical Sciences; Lola Gabbasova - Assistant to the Minister of Health of Russia; Dr. Hans Kluge - Director, Department of Health Systems and Public Health, WHO EURO, the special representative of the Regional Director on the prevention and control of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis; Dr. Luigi Migliorini - Special Representative of the Director-General of WHO in Russia.
In order to implement such a dialogue the conduction of the workshops for strengthening the capacity of community health workers will be prepared.
Over the past five years, more than 17 countries in the European region have begun to assess the basic operational functions of national public health systems. The Russian Federation has completed this assessment in 2014.
Currently, employees FRIHOI of Russian Ministry of Health, on the basis of the expert group materials, prepared technical report «The results of self-perform basic operational functions and public health services in the Russian Federation».
Thus, the newly appointed WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Systems and Public Health has played a key role in evaluating the core operational functions of the national system of public health in Russia. In this regard, the main purpose of the work started - the exchange of experiences in capacity-building and public health services in the countries that participated in this workshop.
By the workshop completion, the following results were achieved:
The participants of the workshop expect continued practical implementation of the exchange of experiences of transforming the national public health systems to improve the quality of medical services.