ISSN: 1306 - 0015 • E-ISSN: 1308 - 6278
Turkish Archives of Pediatrics
[Turk Pediatri Ars ]
Turk Pediatri Ars . 2020; 55(1): 85-97 | DOI: 10.14744/TurkPediatriArs.2020.84829

Healthcare programs in the eight European nations members of the World Health Organization Small Countries Initiative for health: Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, and San Marino

Alex Gualtieri1, Antonella Antonelli2, Nicola Romeo3
1Institute for Social Security (ISS), Città di San Marino, Republic of San Marino
2Federazione Italiana Medici Pediatri (FIMP), Roma Italy
3Department of General Pediatrics, Institute for Social Security (ISS), Borgo Maggiore, Republic of San Marino

It is described as the eight small European Countries Initiative. The initiative developed during the 63rd session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for Europe, held in 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. Eight European countries counting a population of less than 1 million, gathered together under the auspices of the World Health Organization, to form the European Small Countries Initiative for Health. The eight countries include Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, and San Marino. The main aim of the small countries network is to foster a common political commitment, useful to develop locally good health practices. A specific goal was the implementation of the Health 2020 European policy framework and strategy for the 21st century, in the context of countries with small populations. The rational is in fact, that countries with smaller populations have a significant advantage to promote and implement policies and strategies for health and well-being that draw on the contribution of many sectors. The eight small European Countries Initiative particularly aims at amplifying the voice of small countries in European and global health contexts, reaching out to local and international legislators and rulers. It further aims at sharing existing resources among members, with the intent to maximize assets, and innovating and applying solutions to increase capacity to improve health. The founding principle of the eight countries initiative network, is that the experiences of small countries can provide useful learning opportunities, particularly in the healthcare area, that can then be used at regional level in more populous nations.

Keywords: Healthcare, network, small

Alex Gualtieri, Antonella Antonelli, Nicola Romeo. Healthcare programs in the eight European nations members of the World Health Organization Small Countries Initiative for health: Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, and San Marino. Turk Pediatri Ars . 2020; 55(1): 85-97

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