Public health services
Public Health is defined as “the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” (Acheson, 1988; WHO). Activities to strengthen public health capacities and service aim to provide conditions under which people can maintain to be healthy, improve their health and wellbeing, or prevent the deterioration of their health. Public health focuses on the entire spectrum of health and wellbeing, not only the eradication of particular diseases. Many activities are targeted at populations such as health campaigns. Public health services also include the provision of personal services to individual persons, such as vaccinations, behavioural counselling, or health advice.
Ukraine’s leaders of today need to be enablers and facilitators who support groups in creating and achieving the shared goal of strengthening the country’s health system. Empowerment is central to health promotion, which enables people to improve their health and address its determinants. Such an approach is the foundation of transformational leadership, in which power for change is based on goals that serve a higher purpose – in this case, the societal goal of better health and well-being for Ukraine.
Coalition of Partners
To strengthen public health services in the European Region
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