EUSBSR History

Policy Area (PA) ‘Health’ aimed at
improving and promoting people’s health, including its social aspects.

The Baltic Sea has been characterized with considerable disparities in health and social conditions. As the prosperity of the macro-region is based on its human capital, a healthy population would be a critical factor behind sustainable economic development of enterprises and societies. With cross-border movement of people increasing, a need for actions addressing inequalities in health status and protection was recognized. The impact of climate change and other environmental factors were also to be considered.

PA Health was coordinated by Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being, NDPHS.



To reduce premature avoidable loss of human capital



  1. Reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and associated infections among populations at risk
  2. Contain antimicrobial resistance
  3. Adequately address health needs of chronically ill patients and needs related to demographic changes
  4. Reduce impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
  5. Reduce social and health harm from alcohol, tobacco and illicit use of drugs
  6. Strengthen occupational safety and health and well-being at work