The South Eastern Europe Health Network: A model for regional collaboration in public health

Authors

  • Maria Ruseva Executive Committee, South Eastern Europe Health Network, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
  • Snezhana Chichevalieva Executive Committee, South Eastern Europe Health Network, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; Head of WHO Country Office in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
  • Meggan Harris Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Valencia, Spain;
  • Neda Milevska Kostova Centre for Regional Policy Research and Cooperation ―Studiorum‖, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia;
  • Elke Jakubowski Public Health Services, Division of Health Systems and Public Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Hans Kluge Division of Health Systems and Public Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jose M. Martin-Moreno Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Valencia, Spain; INCLIVA Research Institute, University of Valencia Clinical Hospital, Valencia, Spain.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4119/seejph-1801

Keywords:

collaborative networks, health systems, public health, regional cooperation, South Eastern Europe

Abstract

Inter-country alliances, articulated through regional approaches, have increasingly been used to drive economic development and social progress in the past several decades. The South Eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) stands out among these types of initiatives for the tangible improvements it has achieved in regional governance for health, with several important lessons for public health leaders worldwide. This review paper, written by several key participants in SEEHN operation, follows the main milestones in network development, including its foundation under the Stability Pact’s Initiative for Social Cohesion and the three ministerial forums that have shaped its evolution, in order to show how it can constitute a model for regional collaboration in public health. Herewith we summarise the main accomplishments of the network and highlight the keys to its success, drawing lessons that both international bodies and other regions may use in their own design of collaborative initiatives in health and in other areas of public policy.

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Published

2015-12-07

How to Cite

Ruseva, M., Chichevalieva, S., Harris, M., Kostova, N. M., Jakubowski, E., Kluge, H. and Martin-Moreno, J. M. (2015) “The South Eastern Europe Health Network: A model for regional collaboration in public health”, South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH). doi: 10.4119/seejph-1801.

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Review Articles