South-eastern Europe Health Network: health promotion for children in focus

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The South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) 39th plenary meeting took place in in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 23–24 November 2017 and marked the end of Bulgaria’s SEEHN Presidency. SEEHN’s members decided to increase regional efforts to promote healthy lifestyles and address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in order to enhance children’s health.

WHO/Europe shared recent developments related to NCDs.  Participants of the meeting determines the areas for better collaboration between SEEHN and WHO/Europe and discussed an action plan to implement the Chisinau Pledge 2017–2020, with objectives, measures and health indicators.  They also gave consideration to extending WHO technical assistance in 2018–2019 through a multicountry model with the main focus on the Chisinau Pledge.

The 39th SEEHN meeting gave the opportunity to present developments, activities and challenges during the Bulgarian SEEHN Presidency and identified the priorities for the following Israel’s presidency.