The HITT-CIS project – „Health in Times of Transition: Trends in Population Health and Health Policies in CIS Countries“ is an FP7-Health collaborative research project, funded by the EU-FP7 Programme (2009-2013). This international project studies in detail trends in population health and health policies in 9 countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine).
The main research themes of the HITT-CIS project can be summed up as follows:
The HITT-CIS project combines specific health care expertise with social scientific research methods to generate extensive knowledge about health care issues. Whereby, health care experts identify the key areas and issues of research and social scientists provide the measurement tools and techniques, conduct fieldwork and research into the formulation and implementation of public policy issues. The HITT-CIS team deploys a wide range of research tools and methods to collect and analyse new empirical data, resulting in a series of detailed thematic reports
The dramatic social re- and evolutions in CIS countries since the early 1990s have contributed to dramatic changes in the health of the populations of CIS countries. However, there are still many questions about the mechanisms linking major political and economic transition and health, and the ways that ill-health contributes to the state of economies in post-transition countries.
The critical questions, however, are: whether or not these changes have lead to the real improvement of economic and social performances in these countries; whether or not these EU neighbours are becoming stable and reliable partners, or these societies are still vulnerable? The study of state of health and health care, alongside with the detailed account of economic and social trends as well as the analysis of life-style dynamics contributes to the better understanding of the state of the arts in the post-transition countries.
To understand long-term trends of population health as a consequence of socio-economic transitions, with a focus on lifestyle-related issues. The overall aim of HITT-CIS is to contribute to the improvement of the health of the population and health care systems in CIS countries.
The HITT-CIS project will contribute to the improvement of public health care policies by providing concrete recommendations on and advice to national and international stakeholders. It will:
The large-scale household survey will allow HITT-CIS to quantify and validate measures of the burden of disease. The new data collection will unveil the social, economic and cultural patterns of risk and disease. By linking the new survey results with earlier surveys undertaken in eight countries in 2001, concrete measures on trends in population health and living conditions in the NIS countries will be provided.
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HITT-CIS will make concrete recommendations with regard to the improvement of public health care policies, providing advice to national and international stake-holders, such as the European Commission and the World Health Organization, national Health Care authorities in NIS countries, as well as research, expert and Civil Society Organizations.
In particular, it will: