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Public HealthStrategyfor 2011-2017

Public HealthStrategyfor 2011-2017Adopted by Cabinet of MinistersOrder No. 504dated 5 October 2011

Public health is an important sector in the sustainable development of society and one form of organisedpublic activities to ensure to inhabitants high quality of life and healthy life years for the population. Public health issues comprise both the responsibility of each individual and that of the state, since society, consisting ofhealthy persons, capable of work, is the precondition for successful economic development and nationalgrowth.In pursuit of With exactly this the aim goal – to give new direction to the public health as an important issueon the agenda of all sectors for Latvia’s successful future development – the Ministry of Health has elaboratedthe Public Health Strategy for 2011 -2017 (hereinafter – the Strategy)*.The drafting of this Strategy began in July 2010, lead by the Public Health Coordination Commission, at thatetime chaired by Pēteris Apinis, President of the Latvian Medical Association. Other recognised Latvian publichealth experts and health care specialists, as well as experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) RegionalOffice for Europe experts were involved in the elaboration and review of the document. In October 2010, theelaborated Draft Strategy was released for public debatesdiscussion, giving the opportunity to all representativesof the society and organisations to participate by offering their vision and opinion. In total more than 70 institutions of public administration, local governments, professional physicians’ and pharmaceutists’ organisations,representatives of non-governmental organisations, as well as private persons submitted proposals, objectionsand additions. All proposals were examined and published on the websitepage of the Ministry of Health for active discussions and exchange of opinion.To foreground the role of all sectors in safeguarding and improving public health, as well as to promote awareness of the benefits for long-term national growth and economic development ensured by good public health,on 18 April 2011, the Ministry of Health in co-operation with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and its CountryOffice in Latvia organised conference “Better Health for All in Latvia”. Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director, WHORegional Office for Europe, participated in the conference, emphasizing the role of public health in overall development of the country and expressed further support for implemenation of Public Health Strategy. The DraftPublic Health Strategy was examined at the meeting of National Development Council of 18 April 2011, chairedby the Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia Valdis Dombrovskis, with other ministers, representatives of localgovernments, non-governmental organisations and other institutions among participants.A number of public health indicators in Latvia (traumatism, premature mortality from cardiovasculardiseases, maternal and infant health, etc.) still significantly fall behind the European Union average indicators,therefore one of the basic principles of public health policy, included in the Strategy developed by the Ministryof Health, is “health in all policies”. It envisages the responsibility of all sectors for safeguarding and improvingpublic health, because, to a large extent, health is determined by factors outside the influence of health sector.I express my gratitude to everybody, who contributed their vision and advice to the elaboration of thisStrategy. I am convinced that through joint effort of all sectors we shall will succeed in improving public healthindicators in the country, ensuring to all inhabitants of Latvia equal access to health promotion, disease prevention and health care services.I welcome and congratulate Latvia on its new Public Health Strategy 2011 -2017, which sets out anambitious programme for action to achieve better health for all by 2017. The strategy was developed inclose collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the new European Policy for Health Health2020 which is being developed. In this regard, I deeply value the role of Latvia as a partner andas a pathfinder in this important movement for better health for all in the European Region.Like many of the countries within the WHO European Region, Latvia still faces important challenges in improving the health of its population and reaching its goal to increase average life expectancy by two years by the year 2017. Achieving this will need stronger and more coherent policies and governance to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease, cancers, obesity, injuries and mental health aswell as increased actions to effectively prevent and control communicable diseases such as multidrugresistant Tuberculosis.Crucially, it will require action on health inequities and the wider social and economic determinantsof people’s behaviour and their opportunities to be healthy. This is essential to ensure better health isnot only an aspiration but a reality made possible for all Latvians, regardless of their income, their education, gender or other factors. To make this happen will require the commitment of all sectors to worktogether and to see the improvement of health as a marker of a fair and sustainable nation as well as avital resource for social and economic development. This strategy, with its emphasis on human rights,equity and intersectoral working through the whole of government approach has strong foundationsfor effective action. Taken together with pooling resources, know-how, and actions through the engagement of stakeholders with and beyond national government, these foundations will go a long way toachieving success and reaching the strategic goals.We at WHO Regional Office for Europe look forward to being a partner and providing our technicalsupport, as you move to the hard work of implementing this strategy. You have our full support as wework together towards better health for all Latvians.Ingrīda Circene,Minister for HealthZsuzsanna Jakab,Regional DirectorWHO Regional Office for Europe* The Strategy was elaborated in accordance with the points of progress defined by Latvia’s strategy for sustainable development“Latvia 2030”, objectives set out in Latvia’s Strategic Development Plan for 2010 – 2013, policy planning documents in other sectors,as well as policy documents of the European Union and World Health Organisation.45

Table of ContentsForeword2Abbreviations Used6Introduction71. Basic Principles and Aims of Public Health Policy82. The Linkage of the Strategy with Other Development Planning Documents93. DESCRIPTION OF THE SITUATION AND THE IDENTIFIED PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS3.1. Inequality in Health Sector3.2.Non-infectious Diseases and their Risk Factors3.2.1. Cardiac and Circulatory Diseases3.2.2. Oncologic Diseases3.2.3.Diabetes Mellitus3.2.4.Mental (Psychic) Health3.2.5. Factors influencing health (lifestyle and behaviour)3.2.5.1. Dietary Habits3.2.5.2. Insufficient Physical Activities3.2.5.3. Smoking3.2.5.4. Alcohol consumption3.2.5.5. Drug consumption3.3.The Health of Mother, Father and Child3.3.1. Sexual and Reproductive Health3.3.2. Healthy Start of Life3.4. Healthy and Safe Environment3.4.1. Living and Working Environment3.4.2. External Causes of Death and Traumatism3.5. Infectious Diseases4. THE DESCRIPTION OF THE SITUATION AND PROBLEM DEFINITION IN HEALTH CARE4.1. Funding of the Health System4.2.Organisation of Health Care4.3. Quality and Safety of Health Care 3234365. Policy Outcomes, Action Results and their Performance Indicators386. Further actions447. Reporting and Evaluation Procedure55ANNEXE 1Explanation of the terms used in text567

Abbreviations UsedCHE – Centre of Health EconomicsCRPC – Consumer Rights Protection CentreCSB – Central Statistical BureauEC – European CommissionEMAS – Emergency Medical Assistance ServiceESPAD – European school survey project on alcohol and other addiction-inducing substancesEU – European UnionEU-SILC – survey entitled “The European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions”FVS – Food and Veterinary ServiceGDP – Gross Domestic ProductHBSC –Health Behaviour Survey in School-Aged ChildrenHI – Health InspectorateHIV – Human Immunodeficiency VirusHPC – Health Payment CentreICL – “Infectology Centre of Latvia”, a state agencyLADNS – Latvian Association of Diet and Nutrition SpecialistsLALRG – Latvian Association of Local and Regional GovernmentsLANS – Latvian Association of NutritionLASE – Latvian Academy of Sport EducationLFFC –Latvian Federation of Food Production CompaniesLPA – Latvian Pharmaceutists’ AssociationLPS – Latvian Physicians’ SocietyLSAA – Latvian Sports for All AssociationLSMSA – Latvian Sports Medicine State AgencyMA – Ministry of AgricultureME – Ministry of EconomicsMES – Ministry of Education and ScienceMEPRD – Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional DevelopmentMF – Ministry of FinanceMH – Ministry of HealthMI – Ministry of the InteriorMJ – Ministry of JusticeMRDLG – Ministry of Regional Development and Local GovernmentMT – Ministry of TransportMW – Ministry of WelfareNGOs – non-governmental organisationsRSS – Rural Support ServicePYLL – potential years of life lostRSU – Riga Stradins UniversityRSU ILSEH – an agency of Riga Stradins University, entitled “Institute of Labour Safety and Environmental Health”SAM – State Agency of MedicinesSCCD – State Centre for Curriculum DevelopmentSLI – State Labour InspectorateSTI – sexually transmitted infectionTB – tuberculosisUL – University of LatviaWHO – World Health Organisation8IntroductionThe Public Health Strategy for the period between 2011-2017 (hereinafter referred to as the Strategy) is a medium termpolicy planning document which has been developed in order to continue the implementation of the public health policy,which was started by the Public Health Strategy and its Action Plan for 2004-2010, as approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in2001, to set new development aims and to define specific points of progress in order to reach them, and to maintain, improveand restore the health status of the Latvian population over the forthcoming seven years. One of the basic human rights is toreceive healthcare. Article 111 of Satversme [the Constitution] of the Republic of Latvia provides that “the State shall protecthuman health”. Likewise, Article 152 of the Treaty Establishing the European Community sets out that “a high level of humanhealth protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Community policies and activities”. Each individual, in his or her turn, is responsible for using all opportunities provided by the state in order to maintain their own health.Biological, psycho-emotional, social, economic, environmental, as well as lifestyle factors influence the health of each individual and, therefore, the public health. These rights, opportunities and factors have been taken as the basis in the drafting ofthis policy planning document.Health as one of the basic values is the foundation for the quality of human life, the wellbeing of one’s family, and also ofsociety as a whole. A healthy society is the foundation for a productive and efficient economy and the development of thestate. Therefore, public health is an important sector for the sustainable development of society and one of the types of organised public activities is to protect, promote and restore human health.The indicators of public health can be improved only if health is included in all policy fields in the state, and also if all theinhabitants of the state have been ensured equal opportunities to receive healthcare services. It is the joint responsibility ofsociety, each individual, and the state to ensure, maintain and improve health by implementing various sectoral policies. If theresources of the state budget are invested in the promotion of good health and disease prevention, the costs are lower whencompared to those involved in fighting the consequences - treating the diseases themselves.The implementation of the aims and activities defined by the Public Health Strategy (hereinafter referred to as the 20022010 Strategy) and its Action Plan for 2004-2010 was regularly monitored, and thematic reports were prepared which allow assessments to be carried out on what has been achieved to date, and to draft the new Strategy as a continuation of the2002-2010 Strategy.1;2;3;4;5;6 Positive developments have taken place as regards reaching some objectives, morbidity levelswith vaccine-preventable diseases have decreased significantly, and breast-feeding indicators have improved; however, theobjectives have not been reached. Negative trends have been observed with regard to other objectives; for example, adiposity and morbidity with diabetes have increased.The aims and objectives included in this Strategy, as well as the specific points of progress being offered, should be knownand accepted not only by those who are implementing health policy, but by anyone who is doing the same with policies inother sectors, since the aims set in the Strategy can be achieved only through joint effort.1 “Taisnīgums un solidaritāte veselības jomā” Sabiedrības veselības stratēģijas 2.mērķa sasniegšanas ziņojums, v/a „Sabiedrības veselības aģentūra”, 2008[“Justice and Solidarity in Health Sector”. Report on achieving the 2nd aim of the Public Health Strategy”, state agency “Public Health Agency”, 2008].2 „Zīdaiņu un pirmsskolas vecuma bērnu veselība” Sabiedrības veselības stratēģijas 3.mērķa sasniegšanas ziņojums, VEC, 2008 [“Health of Infants and PreSchool Children”. Report on achieving the 3rd aim of the Public Health Strategy”, CHE, 2008].3 „Skolas vecuma bērnu un pusaudžu veselība” Sabiedrības veselības stratēģijas 4.mērķa sasniegšanas ziņojums, v/a „Sabiedrības veselības aģentūra”, 2008.[Health of School Age Children and Teenagers”. Public Health Strategy. Report on achieving the 4 th aim of the Public Health Strategy, state agency “PublicHealth Agency”, 2008].4 „Pieaugušo veselība, veselīgas un aktīvas vecumdienas” Sabiedrības veselības stratēģijas 5.mērķa sasniegšanas ziņojums, VEC, 2009 [“Adult Health, Healthyand Active Old Age”. Report on achieving the 5th objective of the Public Health Strategy, CHE, 2009]5 Neinfekcijas slimību izplatības samazināšana” Sabiedrības veselības stratēģijas 8.mērķa atsevišķu apakšmērķu sasniegšanas izvērtējums, v/a „Sabiedrībasveselības aģentūra”, 2007. [Decreasing the prevalence of non-infectious diseases. Assessment of the achievement of some objectives of the 8 th aim of thePublic Health Strategy, state agency “Public Health Agency”, 2007].6 „Vardarbības un nelaimes gadījumu izraisītie veselības traucējumi” Sabiedrības veselības stratēģijas 10.mērķa sasniegšanas ziņojums, VEC, 2009 [“HealthDisorders Caused by Violence and Accidents”. Report on achieving the 10 th aim of the Public Health Strategy, CHE, 2009].9

1.Basic Principles and Aims ofPublic Health PolicyThe Basic Principles of Public Health Policy:Human-centered health care - the public healthcare policy is implemented by making the individual person the focusin terms of prevention, diagnostics, treatment, rehabilitation and ensuring comprehensive information regarding, and the motivation of, people.Human rights - every person is entitled to the highest level of physical and psychosocial health during the whole of hisor her lifetime.Effective policy and good governance - a health policy is founded upon evidence-based knowledge - scientific evidence and cost effectiveness. Continuity, coordination and updating is ensured in terms of policy planning and implementation, as is the interconnectedness of policy planning documents.Participation - the involvement of society, public administration institutions, local government authorities, non-governmental organisations, the representatives of private businesses, and foreign institutions in the process of planning, implementing and assessing a public health policy, providing the opportunity for all of Latvia’s inhabitants to realise their “health potential” and facilitating as qualitative a functioning of the public health system as possible. Increasing the individual’s responsibility for safeguarding and improving one’s health.Solidarity - all inhabitants of Latvia have the duty to cover the cost of maintaining the health system, by paying taxes,fees and any other payments envisaged in legislation.Health in All Policies - other sectors, institutions and organisations should be involved and be co-responsible for maintaining and improving public health, thereby ensuring a multisectoral strategy with regard to health determining factors(including physical, emotional, economic, social, cultural and other factors).Equal rights and opportunities for all - everyone bears an equal right to receive the necessary health promotionand healthcare services within the limits of the human, technical and financial resources available within the state, within thescope, and in accordance with the procedure defined by legal acts, irrespective of gender, age, race, skin colour, language, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, political and other views, social background, ethnic background, education, social and material status, type of occupation and other conditions.The aim of a public health policy is to prolong the healthy life years of the Latvian population and toprevent untimely deaths, while maintaining, improving and restoring health.To be achieved by 2017: to increase by two years the healthy life years of individuals (from 52.6 healthy life years for men in 2009 to 54.7 years in 2017, and from 55.8 healthy life years for women in 2009 to57. 8 years in 2017). to decrease by 20% the potential years of life lost (from 85,338 potential years of life lost among men in 2009 to 68,270 in 2017, and from 35,793 potential years of life lostamong women in 2009 to 28,634 in 2017).To reach the main aim of the public health policy, the following objectives have been set: To eliminate injustice in the field of health by implementing measures to ensure equal health opportunities for all Latvian inhabitants. To decrease morbidity and mortality from non-infectious diseases, and to decrease the negative impact of risk factorsupon the health. To improve the health of mother and child, and decrease infant mortality. To promote a healthy and safe living and working environment, and to decrease trauma and mortality from external causes. To decrease morbidity with infectious diseases among the population. To ensure an effective management of the healthcare system and a use of resources, to ensure the optimisation of costsand the sustainability of the healthcare system, as well as ensuring equal access for all Latvian inhabitants to those healthcare services that are paid for from the resources of the state budget.The main points of progress for reaching the set aim: Ensuring partnership and intersector cooperation, and promoting equal health opportunities for all inhabitantsReducing the risk factors for non-infectious diseasesImproving the health of both pregnant women and childrenDecreasing the impact of traumatism and environmental risks upon public healthPreventing infectious diseasesDeveloping a high quality system of healthcare services, and ensuring the equal accessibility of all services to all Latvianinhabitants.2.Linking the Strategy withOther Development PlanningDocumentsThe Strategy was prepared on the basis of the following documents: The Sustainable Development Strategy for Latvia, “Latvia 2030”,1 especially the point of progress coveringthe quality and accessibility of health and social services, as defined in Section 2: “Long-term Investments in Human Capital”. The Strategic Development Plan for Latvia 2010-2013, which proposes a healthy person in a sustainable societyas a pre-condition for safe an

ME – Ministry of Economics MES – Ministry of Education and Science MEPRD – Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development MF – Ministry of Finance MH – Ministry of Health MI – Ministry of the Interior MJ – Ministry of Justice MRDLG – Ministry of Regional Development and Local Government MT – Ministry of Transport