development will remain the goal of International Cooperation
in the Sixth Framework Programme (1)(2002-2006).
The basis for the International role of Community health
research with developing countries should continue to be
- Promotion of equal
partnership in scientific cooperation between
Europe and developing countries;
- Maintaining research
capacity and strengthening research potential
of developing countries; and
- Development of
problem solving oriented approaches for effective
and sustainable health systems in developing
An integrated approach
In order to engender sustainable progress in developing
countries, the EC will continue to adopt cross-sectorial
policies that promote societal commitment and participation.
As in the international arena an increasing importance is
being given to poverty reduction, the EU will put more emphasis
on the development of strategies in interaction with other
external policies. The strategies include prevention and
control of endemic diseases in rural and urban communities,
taking into consideration the epidemiological diversity
observed in different endemic settings. The effectiveness
and impact of interventions on the health of vulnerable
groups must be monitored. Measuring health outcomes and
health system performance is becoming increasingly important.
More integration between health systems and nutrition and
sanitation will be sought.
The recent EC initiative to create a European Research
Area open to the world will provide an ideal opportunity
to improve research programmes and activities undertaken
by Member States in collaboration and in partnership with