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Barents cooperation

A Framework Programme for 2016–2019 has been adopted for the Joint Working Group on Health and related Social Issues (JWGHS) of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council. The priority areas of the Framework Programme are:

  • Prevention of non-communicable diseases, including reducing threats related to lifestyles and the environment
  • Prevention of communicable diseases
  • Strengthening health systems and social services within healthcare.

In the priority areas, the focus will be on:

  • Prevention of HIV/AIDS
  • Prevention of tuberculosis
  • Supporting children and young people who are in danger of social exclusion.

In 2016-2017, Finland will be chairing the Joint Working Group on Health and related Social Issues of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council. Arkhangelsk Region will act as vice chair.

JWGHS usually meets twice a year. Regions involved and joint project implementers present their topical reports at the meetings.