NIS-PH NetworkingNew initiative Tbilisi, Georgia,September 18-20, 2003 Valeriu Sava, Viorel Soltan, Roxana Bonnell
Premises: • PH Concept in NIS still considered as an area, which operates with definitions and terms deducted from social medicine and soviet san-epid system • Lack of relationship between teaching, research and services providing • Weak influence on decision making process • Sporadic efforts to develop the New Public Health concept in NISdo not lead to expected rusults in terms of time and quality.
The problem in NIS region • The difficulties to promote effective public health policy development in NIS (e.g. collection of data to identify major health problems and making this data available, understanding why the problem exists, designing interventions that are evidence-based, evaluating effectiveness of interventions, disseminating findings through public education and engagement in health action)
Main causes: • Lack of the experience in public health area and insufficient number of Public Health specialists trained in new way • Sporadic, unstable and weak links between the new public health specialists and the existing world wide public health networks and resources • Absence of Regional Center for coordination and information in Public Health
Project goal • To create a critical mass in the NIS Public Health for influencing decisions in the countries and in the regionby building a network of individuals and institutions that can play leadership roles in promoting Public Health policies and programs
Project objectives: • To create a regional Informational Resource Center (IRC) which will facilitate the interrelashionship between the network members and will coordinate the network activities. • To identify priorities and topics for discussions specific approach of PH the NIS region and to stimulate joint research projects between the network members.
Project objectives: • To develop the adequate tools and mechanisms that will ensure sharing of information between the network members (web-based database, listserv etc.) • To create mechanisms for evaluation of public health inverventions and strategies, implemented in the region and to distribute the results and learsons learned for further promoting.
Proposed Activities: • Collecting, editing, organizing and distributingof the information within the network by the Health Policy coordinator • Application of step-by-step approach by using a combination of network tools • At least two stages of implementation
First stage(June-December 2003) • Building an email newsletter covered the following topics: workforce development; health sector reform; vulnerable populations • Not only circulate “information” but serve as a possibility to share training materials and tools for advocacy, public policy, media etc, best practice and lessons learned • Target group: expert committee members, program coordinators, Soros-foundation sub-board and staff who want to receive Russian language newsletter
Second Stage(from January 2004) • Develop of Website, served a kernel of the other on-line tools combination: • Discussion groups/forums – online issue-specific discussion for pre-determined time period. • Shared Database – increasing availability of information and efficiency of information exchange through creation of shared membership database available on the web. • Network builder (contact database) – searchable database fostering collaboration with member career biographies and organizational profiles.
Second Stage(from January 2004) • Online interview– online issue-specific discussion available on the website for pre-determined time period. • Digest/website – monthly digest of information sent to membership with articles tied to website where full information is available. Can incorporate multiple issues. • Think tanks – a monthly journal focused on a relevant issue which includes articles, interviews, and commentary of projects and best practice distributed by email.
Some off-line network tools: • Seminars and conferences – gathering of participants to discuss a common concern or issue. • Workgroups – group of experts created to address a concrete goal in a pre-determined length of time. • Trainings – clearly defined training goals (most effective if issue based) supporting capacity building carried out over a pre-determined length of time.
Last issue: • The success of this project depends of your active participation… • Online discussions, interviews, posting • Share experience on advocacy efforts, campaigns, publications, databases, implemented projects, lesson learned
Thanks for your attention! Valeriu Sava, Health Policy coordinator, Soros Foundation Moldova, Chisinau Email: firstname.lastname@example.org