Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing (NDPHS)
Finland has been one of the key actors in the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing (NDPHS) ever since its establishment in 2003. The Partnership aims to prevent widespread health problems and promote healthy lifestyles.
The partnership involves ten governments (Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Russia, Estonia), the European Commission and eight international organisations.
The organisations involved are:
- Barents Euro-Arctic Council (BEAC)
- European Commission
- Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS)
- International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- International Labor Organization (ILO)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Nordic Council of Ministers
- United Nations HIV/AIDS Program (UNAIDS)
The NDPHS is the coordinator of the policy area “health” in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
The Partnership has a two-member secretariat in Stockholm. The activities are coordinated by the Committee of Senior Representatives (CSR), which meets twice a year. At the political level, the activities are steered by the ministerial Partnership Annual Conference (PAC).
The core of the partnership includes seven expert groups focusing on the following topics:
1. HIV, tuberculosis and associated infections healthcare
2. Alcohol and substance abuse
3. Non-communicable diseases related to lifestyles and social and work environments
4. Antimicrobial resistance
5. Occupational safety and health
6. Prison health
7. Primary health care
Finland coordinates two expert groups
Finland is responsible for coordinating two expert groups: HIV, tuberculosis and associated infections and Occupational safety and health.
A joint flagship project on healthy ageing is in the planning phase in co-operation of all the expert groups.
The two-year-long chairmanship of the Partnership rotates.
An evaluation of the NDPHS financed by the EU is in process and its results will serve as a basis information for the new NDPHS strategy for the years beginning in the year 2021.