What are concrete action points for addressing medical deserts in Europe, and who should do what? During our final Action for Health and Equity: Addressing medical Deserts (AHEAD) webinar on May 24th, together with our AHEAD partners, we will dive into this question (and more). We will discuss the key conclusions from our policy dialogue event with Members of European Parliament in Brussels last month, as well as our call to action for concrete policy steps. Want to learn more? Join us on the 24th!
After two years, the AHEAD project is coming to an end in May. What has become clear by now: to address medical deserts in Europe (i.e. areas with limited access to health services), many different actors are required to work closely together and act now. So who should do what? Join our webinar on the 24th to find out and to engage with us and our two panelists: Dr Branko M. Vujkovic, MSc. (CEO of the Institute of Public Health Sabac, Serbia) and Dr Mira Jovanovski Dašić (Director of the South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) Secretariat).
Date: Wed May 24, 2023
Time: 10:00 – 11:15 AM (CET)
Register here: Zoom
Corinne Hinlopen – Project officer for AHEAD (Wemos – lead organisation, Netherlands)
Aysel Rahimli – project coordinator for AHEAD (Wemos, Netherlands)
- Dr Branko M. Vujkovic, MSc. – CEO of the Institute of Public Health Sabac, Serbia
- Dr Mira Jovanovski Dašić – Director of the South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) Secretariat
Dr Branko M. Vujkovic (MSc) is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, and holds a Master in Health Care Management, with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry, and within municipalities with the NGO sector. Over the past three years, he has been the CEO of the district Public Health Institute Sabac in Serbia, leading it through the Covid-19 pandemic. He has experience working on projects with UNDP, UNOPS and WHO. Presently, he is also a PhD candidate at the School of Public Health and Health Management at the Medical faculty, University of Belgrade, focusing on digital health literacy. In addition, he is skilled in the areas of Public Health, Project Management, Healthcare Information Technology (HIT), and Health Services Research.
For over two decades, Dr Mira Jovanovski Dašić has worked as a medical doctor and specialist paediatrician in the public and private health sectors, before her employment with the WHO Regional Office for Europe, as National Professional Officer in Montenegro. She has served as the United Nations HIV/AIDS/tuberculosis focal point for Montenegro and worked as consultant/adviser for various national and international organizations and institutions. She has also served as Deputy Minister of Health and General Director at the Directorate for Bioethics and International Cooperation in the Government of Montenegro. As of March 2017, she is the Secretariat Director of South Eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN). She also has extensive expertise in the development of policies and regulations in numerous areas of public health.
With the AHEAD project, we aim to reduce health inequalities by addressing the challenge of medical deserts and medical desertification in Europe. The team behind the project consists of the Center for Health Policies and Services (Romania), Cittadinanza Attiva (Italy), Media Education Centre (Serbia), National School for Public Health Management (Moldova), Wemos (lead partner organisation – Netherlands), and VU Athena Institute (Netherlands).