Strengthening Public Health Institutes in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Country: 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Area of competence: 
Health Policy and Financing
Donor organization: 
EU (European Union)
Start of Project: 
07/2009
End of Project: 
07/2011
Staff-month: 
50
Value of service: 
€ 1,136,376
Partner Organisations: 
ICON Institute
Description of Project: 

The goal of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the public health functions at all levels in BiH with special focus on public health as an integrated part of planning and decision making process and fulfilment of international obligations as well as to contribute to reform of the public health system through support to implementation of existing health promotion programmes and improvement of national preparedness to public health needs and the systems for health monitoring and disease surveillance.

Description of Services: 

The result areas of the project are:
Strengthening the Department Sector for Health to be able to fulfil BiH international obligations as well as those in light to SAA and also related to cooperation with EU institutions in the health field, as well as to enhance its capacities with focus on planning in regard to public health functions.
Strengthening and modernisation of entity PHIs to be able to perform quality collection, monitoring and evaluation of health related data.
Support entity PHIs in implementation of existing relevant strategies focused on public health promotion and disease prevention, according to the New Public Health with aims to improve national preparedness to public health threats. The project is supporting the different administrative levels of the health system in improving their public health data quality, data reporting and data use. As the health sector reform is under way and institutions including the health information system are undergoing continuous changes, the project has to define its position and possible inputs in these developmental processes.
As health data reporting to EUROSTAT of EU-member states is also under development there is actually the promising opportunity to familiarise representatives from BiH with EU standards and procedures. This will also contribute to a wider understanding of new public health and its initiatives and programmes in EU.
Main expected output and impact of the project will be:
Documentation and analysis of the present situation of the health information system, and use of health data in BiH, including legal and institutional backgrounds (reports);
Information of key players and end users about European standards in public health data and about the preparation of health data as decision support (training courses, workshops, study tours);
The vertical flow and horizontal communication of health data and information follows international acceptable standards and allows comparison within the country and internationally (training courses, workshops, piloting of health portal);
Decision makers understand and consider “health” not only as an individual, but as a community and inter-sectoral issue: “health in all policies” and in all sectors (coaching, seminars).

Project Volume: 
€ 1,495,232