WHO Regions for Health Network
The WHO Regions for Health Network (WHO RHN) believe that together we can achieve more. In Europe, millions of people live less than 80 km from their country’s borders, and cooperation between border regions in health services and human resources planning is increasing.
The 25th anniversary of the WHO Regions for Health Network represents the next step in the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the CoR and WHO in 2016. This congress serves as the basis to keep people at the centre of health and sustainable development policies on regional level.
The EMR, as a cross-border cooperation association of five sub-regions from three nation states, is the only Euregio member of the WHO Regions for Health Network (RHN), while otherwise only national regions and Länder (federal states) can be members.
All regions in the EMR face similar challenges in improving the health status of its citizens. Asking citizens for their vision together creates synergy.
A cross-border approach shows the euregional character around public health and allows citizens to experience EMR positively. If you want to talk to citizens about matters concerning the EMR, it is important to do so in a euregional setting.
It is important that EMR live more among the citizens. Where possible, citizens are brought together at a table per language during some summits and gathering. It is important that the opinion of ‘the citizen’ from the EMR is taken into account and this is why some summits were organized in this year.