Over 500 high-level representatives, including many health ministers from the 53 Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region, are meeting this week to discuss plans for the future health of the region and progress on public health over the past decade.
The meeting, which is taking place in Copenhagen, comes as a new report shows health equities in many countries in the region are either stalling or worsening. The WHO says this report will be central to discussions.
Delegates will provide input to several global initiatives and strategies, including accelerating cervical cancer elimination, advancing tuberculosis research and establishing the Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030.
Members will also discuss a resolution on primary healthcare, with the WHO saying people-centred health systems, a skilled and empowered health workforce, participatory decision-making with patients and innovation and digitalisation are key to accelerating the delivery of health services at the community level.
“We are at a turning point in the health status of the European Region marked by the completion of Health 2020. As we enter a new health decade, we can look back with pride at the progress achieved together, with longer and healthier life expectancy as significant impacts,” says Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.