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The Regions for Health Network

The Regions for Health Network (RHN) is a network under the World Health Organization (WHO) that is helping regions improve the health of their population. RHN has been implemented since 1993, members of the network are working to achieve the Health 2020 programme in their local environment.

The Member States in the RHR have specific roles:

  • Enable and defend the right to the highest level of health for all.
  • Develop and implement measures that promote health and reduce health inequalities.
  • It acts as a bridge between national targets and local delivery.
  • Collect and disseminate data at regional level and from it.
  • Works with other regions to obtain funding at European Union level.

RHN creates synergies between regions and stakeholders in the field of health (mutual learning), enhances cooperation between regional and local actors and international institutions in the field of health, encourages the contribution of regions and local authorities to the process of creating international policies and enhances understanding of regional and local health systems.

RHN is at the forefront of innovative approaches and wants to become a top-notch network ready to capture and disseminate effective approaches, policies and strategies that improve the health of the population at the regional level of governance.

Each region, province, district, county, canton, federal state or oblast belonging to one of the 53 member states of the WHO European Region may apply for membership in the RHN. Each Member state pays an annual contribution to cover the basic operating costs, such as the management of the RHN Secretariat and the organization of the annual General Meeting.

The work of CHD Murska Sobota

The Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota has been collaborating with the World Health Organization's Regions for Health Network since 2014. Our cooperation is related to participation in various researches and the preparation of publications that this network publishes in cooperation with various institutions. We also participate in the preparation of professional contributions in the field of cross-sectoral cooperation for health. We attend conferences, annual meetings and study visits, where we represent the Pomurje region as an example of good practice in the field of cross-sectoral cooperation in reducing health inequalities. We highlight the work of the Regional Action Group Mura (RAG Mura), which connects over 40 representatives of various professional institutions from across the region. Peter Beznec, the Director of the Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota is a member of the Governing Board of the Regions for Health Network, who attends regular working meetings and prepares strategic guidelines for the activities of the RHN.