Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being


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Background, composition, objectives, activities, documents and members


Within the Northern Dimension area, certain social and economic problems continue to result in high mortality rates, the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, violence, alcohol and drug abuse, and the spreading of infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. The spreading of communicable diseases is especially prevalent within marginalized groups living under socially and economically distressing circumstances, members of which may subsequently enter the penal system. Health systems need to be improved, and in particular the provision and delivery of primary health care requires further development. The Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS places great emphasis on supporting reorientation and efficiency of the health and social care systems, and pays special attention to strong primary health care and needs of individuals from vulnerable groups. From 2004 until mid-2010, activities in this area were fostered by the then Expert Group on Primary Health Care and from mid-2010 until October 2015 by the then Expert Group on Primary Health and Prison Health Systems (PPHS EG).

Following the adoption of the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it, which define specific objectives, results and linked to them concrete activities, in October 2015 the NDPHS Committee of Senior Representatives (CSR) split the former PPHS EG into an Expert Group on Primary Healthcare (PHC EG), which is described on this page, and an Expert Group on Prison Health. The PHC EG operates according to its Terms of Reference, and has been tasked to facilitate and implement the Objective 5: Adequately addressed health needs related to chronic conditions and demographic changes – through strengthened integration and coordination of care and prevention throughout life course at primary care level as specified in the NDPHS Strategy 2020.

Finally, the Expert Group will, together with other bodies of the NDPHS, contribute to achieving the Horizontal results defined in the Action Plan accompanying the NDPHS Strategy 2020.


The PHC EG is comprised of high-level experts. These experts come from national ministries and agencies of Partner Countries and Organisations, the research community, NGOs and other relevant parties. The list of the members of the PHC EG is provided further down.

All eligible stakeholders are welcome to provide input to the PHC EG’s current and future activities. External experts are also invited to participate in the group’s meetings, as appropriate.

Aims and functions

In accordance with the above mentioned Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS, under the guidance of the CSR, an Expert Group may have an advisory role and/or provide professional input to the preparation and implementation of joint activities carried out within the framework of the Partnership. Also, the Declaration permits Expert Groups to “facilitate professional exchanges, increase co-ordination among Partners and Participants and monitor joint activities within their area of expertise.” Consistent with these provisions, the Expert Group has the following functions:


The Expert Group's activities follow the priorities set out in the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it and are being implemented in accordance with the NDPHS Annual Work Plan for 2016


The PHC EG holds approximately 2 meetings per year. Specific information about forthcoming and past meetings, including meeting documents and minutes can be accessed on the Expert Group meetings web page.

Documents and minutes of the former PHC EG and the former PH EG, which were, inter alia, covering the issues dealt with by the PPHS EG, can be accessed here and here, respectively.


View all Calendar events of relevance to the PHC EG. Learn more about other sections of our Calendar.

Progress reports

Every year the NDPHS Expert Groups prepare progress reports. These reports are prepared in accordance with the Template for monitoring and reporting of the NDPHS progress and are submitted to every autumn CSR meeting and/or PAC event (they can be download here). With reference to the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the accompanying NDPHS Action Plan, they, inter alia, present the progress towards the agreed targets and take stock of achievements made, as well as describe further action required, obstacles encountered and, finally, the sustainability and expected long-term impact of the group’s activities.

Further information 

Visit the NDPHS Database, which provides a growing number of papers (publications, newsletters, etc.) and projects, dealing with primary health issues. It also provides a pool of organisations and experts, which have been working in this area. The Database contains four sections. By clicking the links below, you will gain direct access to activities and expertise in the field of primary health in the NDPHS Database, sorted by:

Please note that you can also submit your own information on primary health issues to the database (read more). 



Cooperation with Chair Country Russia suspended


Mrs. Irene Nilsson Carlsson
National Board for health and welfare
S-106 30 Stockholm

International Technical Advisor

Cooperation with Chair Country Russia suspended


Ms Liis Paas
Health System Development Department
Ministry of Social Affairs
Gonsiori 29,
15027 Tallinn, Estonia


Mrs. Kaily Susi
Health System Development Department
Ministry of Social Affairs
Suur-Ameerika 1,
10122 Tallinn, Estonia


Mr. Simo Kokko
University of Eastern Finland
Peltotie 2 A 1
FI-70700 Kuopio


Ms. Ieva Melisus
Senior Expert, Health Care Department, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia
Brivibas 72, Riga, LV-1011, Latvia


Ms. Julija Voropaeva
Deputy Head of Outpatient Services Department, National Health Service of Latvia
Cesu iela 31 k-3, Riga, LV-1011, Latvia


Ms. Gitana Ratkiene
Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania
Vilniaus str. 33, LT-01506 Vilnius, Lithuania


Ms. Birutė Kavaliauskienė
Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania
Vilniaus str. 33, LT-01506 Vilnius, Lithuania

Ms. Ilona Šakienė
Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania
Vilniaus str. 33, LT-01506 Vilnius, Lithuania


Mr. Knut Berglund
Senior Advisor
Norwegian Directorate of Health
Public Health and General Medicine
Primary care department
Post adress: Pb 220 Skøyen, 0213 Oslo
Visit adress: Vitaminveien 4, 0485 Oslo


Ms. Agnieszka Jankowska Zduńczyk
Specialist's Medical Practice
20, Albatrosów str., app. 3
05-500 Piaseczno

World Health Organization

Dr. Pavlos Theodorakis
WHO Country Office, Russian Federation
9, Leontievsky Pereulok
Moscow 125009

Dr. Melitta Jakab
Head Office of the Primary Health Care Office of WHO/Europe, Almaty, Kazakhstan


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