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Public health initiatives - overview

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway support public health programmes in ten beneficiary countries -Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia. Each programme, while sharing the same overall objective,is tailor-made to align with national needs and wider EU and donor country priorities.

Gaps in healthcare provision in Europe are significant. The economic crisis and ensuing cuts in public health expenditure have compounded inequalities. A rise in lifestyle-related diseases and ageing populations also present particular challenges in terms of healthcare and health systems.

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are enabling the beneficiary countries to develop national strategies for effective disease prevention, strengthen public health monitoring, improve access to healthcare for vulnerable groups such as Roma and improve health surveillance and information systems.

What is the objective of the programme?

  • Improved public health and reduced health inequalities

What are the expected results?

  • Inequalities between user groups reduced
  • Governance in healthcare improved
  • National health registries and health information systems improved
  • Access to and quality of health services, including reproductive and preventive healthcare improved
  • Access to and quality of health services for elderly people and vulnerable groups improved
  • Lifestyle-related diseases prevented or reduced
  • Prevention and treatment of communicable diseases (incl. HIV/AIDS and TB) improved
  • mental health services improved

Priorities, funded activities and eligibility criteria vary by programme. Read more detailed information in the individual programme summary for each country: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia.

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