Health is an area, which presents enormous challenges for the region and where targeted, joint action can produce tangible results.

 PA Health focusses on the following actions:

  • Promoting active and healthy ageing to address the challenges of demographic change;
  • Engaging and better utilizing stakeholders from other sectors to promote a Health in All Policies approach with focus on the impact of environmental factors, and especially climate change on human health;
  • Increasing stakeholder and institutional capacity to tackle regional health challenges.

The above health-related actions correlate with the goals and operational targets included in the NDPHS Strategy and its Action Plan, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, the principle of universal health coverage (UHC), the WHO Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030 and other global and regional strategic frameworks. 


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Sustainable Development Goals

PA Health contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): most directly to SDG 3 “Good health and well-being” with the ongoing work against HIV, TB and associated infections, the reduction of non-communicable diseases (with an approximate 30% reduction of premature avoidable deaths on average in the BSR already achieved), the prevention of harmful use of alcohol, tobacco and other substances as well as strengthening Primary Health Care, which is of utmost importance for a sustainable healthcare system and access to care for the most vulnerable people.

The secondary effects of good health are far-reaching. A healthy population is a more productive population, which contributes to the SDG 8 “Decent work and economic growth“ and a population given the opportunity to be productive is less affected by poverty, contributing to SDG 1 “Zero poverty“.

Other concrete examples include the PA Health work on occupational health and safety (SDG 8 “Decent work and economic growth”), tackling the threat of antimicrobial resistance improving both human health and also livestock health and farm waste management (SDG 2 “Zero hunger” and SDG 6 “Clean water and sanitation”) as well as focus on the health of vulnerable groups, in particular prisoners, contributes SDG 10 “Reduce inequalities”.

PA Health will focus increasingly on healthy and active ageing, to address the demographic change in the region. Optimizing opportunities for good health at all stages of life will ensure that older people can maintain independence and increase their social and economic participation in society, while reducing healthcare costs. This work will contribute to several SDGs, among which are SDG 4 “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote life-long learning”, SDG 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, SDG 10 “Reduced inequality within and among the countries” and SDG 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable“.