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Winds of change:
towards new ways of improving public health in Europe

Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 November - 1 December 2018




Opportunities and challenges arising from European Integration for Health Systems in Small States


Organised by

SMShealth.eu - Jean Monnet Network of European Integration, Small States and Health, Maastricht University and University of Malta

Meeting scope

Target attendees

Health Professionals, Policy-Makers, Civil Society, Academia, National research organizations from Small States or with an interest in the Small State perspective


13:30 – 13:40 Workshop welcome 
Timo Clemens, Maastricht University

13:40 – 14:00 Keynote: Why should we pay particular attention to the issues of small states?
Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, University of Malta

Session A: Findings regarding access to medicine, workforce mobility, cancer and rare disease treatment in Small States

14:00 – 15:00 Four contributions on:

Access to medicines in Small States
Gisella Orsini, Patricia Vella Bonanno, Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, University of Malta

Issues of workforce mobility from the perspective of Small States
Ulla-Karin Nurm, Vootele Veldre, PRAXIS Centre for Policy Studies, Estonia

Organizing cancer care when the population and health workforce is small
Rade Pribakovic, Tit Albreht, National Institute of Public Health, Slovenia

Small States and the management of rare diseases
Auður Birna Stefánsdóttir, Sigurbjorg Sigurgeirsdottir, University of Iceland

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

Session B: Looking beyond the tracer conditions to challenges that Small States face: Potential opportunities of EU integration and collaboration and exhibit challenges

15:30 – 15:50 Keynote: The WHO/Europe Small countries initiative as platform for exchange
Francesco Zambon, WHO Europe

15:50 - 17:00 Panel Discussion on potential strategies of how small states, in their strive for an efficient and sustainable organization of their health systems,


Maurizia Rolli and Andrea Gaultieri, Instituto per la Sicurezza Sociale, San Marino
Isabel de la Mata, European Commission 
Gisella Orsini, WHO Collaborating Centre on health systems and policies in small states, Univeristy of Malta


Registration fee

The registration fee is € 20 which includes networking lunch and refreshments.