The Greek delegation led by the Minister of Health, Mr. Adonis Georgiadis, who was accompanied by the Secretary General for Public Health, Ms. Christina Papanikolaou attended the first 2014 EU Summit on Chronic Diseases that brought together key policymakers, stakeholders and interest groups to explore ways to address chronic diseases effectively in the EU and to develop recommendations regarding the effect of the expanding burden of chronic diseases on the quality of life of citizens and on the health systems.
During the Summit a series of workshops took place, where experts explored the status of EU, national and regional policies and activities and the interaction of authorities, patient organizations, the medical and social sector, industry and international organizations and their potential in better addressing specific major chronic diseases. The discussions focused on prevention and health promotion, disease management and health investments and ways to act through infrastructural, organizational and instrumental means. The discussion covered innovation in prevention and health promotion activities as well as in health care. Discussions identified shortcomings and chances to address major chronic diseases more effectively in the future.
On the 2nd of April, the Greek delegation consisting of Dr. Vontetsianos, MD and Ms. Grintzali, Senior Advisor to the Secretary General for Public Health, joined the meeting of the Action Group B3 EIP on AHA, which took place in the context of the 14th International Conference on Integrated Care organized by the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC).