A group of experts will evaluate Finland’s health security in an exceptionally broad international evaluation from 27 to 31 March. Experts from the World Health Organisation WHO and other international organisations examine Finland’s preparedness to respond to broad health threats, for example to influenza pandemic or to antimicrobial resistance or other local epidemics that threaten to spread globally.
To promote gender equality in the world, to support discussion on equality and to celebrate Finland’s 100 years of independence, the Finnish Government is launching the International Gender Equality Prize. The launch of the prize was made by Prime Minister Juha Sipilä in Tampere on International Women's Day.
Prime Minister launching the International Gender Equality Prize
Prime Minister's speech
Background to the International Gender Equality Prize
International Gender Equality Prize logo
History of gender equality in Finland
Video recording of the Women of the World Festival in Tampere
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Ministry for Foreign Affairs press release Minister Mattila will attend the meeting of UN Commission on the Status of Women
Health security means the capacity to prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases and bio-threats.
Ministry and related authorities
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health manages the preparation and implementation of Finland’s social welfare and health care policy, gender equality policy and occupational safety and health policy. The purpose of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to lead a healthy and safe life. The duties of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health are to promote the health and functional capacity of the population, to promote healthy workplace and living environments, to ensure sufficient social welfare and health care services, to safeguard a reasonable income at various stages in life, and to promote gender equality.
Areas of expertise
The MSAH's administrative sector is wide ranging. It is supported in its work by the expertise of the whole sector's agencies and institutes. There are several independent agencies and institutions in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health which implement the social welfare and health care policy goals laid out by the Ministry and participate in Government Programme projects. The areas of experties of the MSAH include promotion of welfare, social and health services, income security, insurances, working life and gender equality.