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Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being

The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health (NDPHS) is one of the two Partnerships which stem from the Northern Dimension policy. Its mission is to promote sustainable development of the Northern Dimension area by improving peoples’ health and social well-being. It aims to contribute to this process by intensifying cooperation, assisting the Partners and Participants in capacity building, and by enhancing coordination between international activities within the Northern Dimension area. The European Commission is among the founders of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS).

Other partners cooperating in this mechanism are:

EU Member States: Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden 

Non-EU countries: Iceland (Potential EU Candidate Country since July 2009), Norway, Russia

International Organisations: Baltic Sea States Subregional Co-operation (BSSSC); Barents Euro Arctic Council (BEAC), Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), International Labour Organisation (ILO), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Nordic Council of Minister (NCM), Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), World Health Organisation (WHO).

The NDPHS focuses on two main priority areas:

  • The reduction of major communicable diseases and the prevention of lifestyle related non-communicable disease
  • The enhancement of peoples' levels of social well-being and the promotion of healthy and socially rewarding lifestyles.

The NDPHS expert groups (EG) provide professional input to the the Parthernship's joint activities and work programmes. Examples include expert groups on alcohol and substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, NCDs and prison health systems.

Within the NDPHS there exist also task groups, which are result-oriented groups that focus on the achievement of the agreed NDPHS Goals and Operational Targets. Examples include task groups on alcohol and drug prevention among youth; antimicrobial resistance; indigenous mental health, addictions and parenting; and occupational safety and health.

The website of the NDPHS is: