[PRESENTATION PA CONF. SEPT. 2023] Overview of the Western Balkans Region on its Pathway towards modern Health Policy

In the pursuit of a brighter and healthier future, Marija Jevtic takes us through the Western Balkans’ journey toward a modern health policy. Here’s a glimpse into the region’s progress, challenges, and aspirations in this critical domain.

A Unified Pursuit of Health

In the Western Balkans, the pursuit of health serves as a unifying force, transcending the region’s challenges and complexities. Health, with all its nuances, has the power to unite and inspire collective action.

“Health in All Policies” Approach

The region recognizes the importance of adopting a “health in all policies” approach, one that promotes friendly, close communication, and collaboration. By integrating health considerations into every facet of policymaking and fostering partnerships with digital and sustainable stakeholders, the Western Balkans are striving to achieve a common goal—integration into the European Union.

Challenges and Opportunities

As the Western Balkans chart their path toward modern health policy, they face challenges and opportunities:

1. Health Unity: Uniting the region under a common health agenda is no small feat. While challenges may be abundant, the prospect of a healthier population offers the promise of a more prosperous future.

2. Holistic Approach: Embracing a “health in all policies” approach is not only about healthcare but also encompasses education, environment, and technology. Collaboration with digital and sustainable stakeholders is crucial to aligning policies with modern health standards.

3. EU Integration: The ultimate goal is integration into the European Union, a community that values the health and well-being of its citizens. Achieving this goal requires dedication, harmonization of policies, and building a healthier, more resilient society.

4. Digital Transformation: Leveraging digital technology can revolutionize healthcare, from telemedicine to health data analysis. Digital constituents are invaluable partners in this transformation.

The Path Forward

The Western Balkans’ journey toward modern health policy is a testament to their commitment to the well-being of their citizens. By embracing the principles of a “health in all policies” approach and engaging with digital and sustainable partners, the region is positioning itself for a healthier, more prosperous future.

In this shared pursuit of health, the Western Balkans are not only improving their own well-being but also contributing to a brighter, healthier Europe. With determination and collaboration, they are on a path to becoming an integral part of the European Union, guided by a vision of health and prosperity for all.


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