On June 24, 2018 Prof. Dr. Lubomir Ivanov passed away.

He was founder and first editor-in-chief of the Bulgarian Journal of Public Health and Director of the National Center for Public Health Protection from 2005 to 2009.

Prof. Lubomir Ivanov, MD, had made a significant contribution to the development of health systems in our country, scientific achievements in the field of social medicine and public health. As a special representative of the WHO and UN, he worked in Georgia and Tajikistan, countries with a complex political and military background. His strategic papers served as a health model in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Specialists from the NCPHA presented reports at the Annual University Scientific Conference with the international participation of the National Military University "Vasil Levski" in the city of Veliko Tarnovo on 14-15 June 2018. It also marked 140 years of military education in Bulgaria. The conference included 252 participants in 10 scientific sections.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mihail Okoliyski - Public Health Expert at the WHO Office in Bulgaria,made comments at the forum why it is important to invest in public health: a high return on investment from a range of existing public interventions - from every $1 invested in public health, $14 will subsequently be returned to wider health and economy.

Both presentations of Assoc. Prof. Hristo Hinkov, MD, PhD you can read here, and Assoc. Prof. M. Okoliyski, PhD, you can read here.

Sustainable development of public health is needed to improve the health-demographic indicators of Bulgarians

Today, 13.06.2018, under the auspices of Committee on the Healthcare to the 44th National Assembly, a Round Table on "The Health of Bulgarians in the 21st Century - Trends and Challenges" was held.

The forum was organized by the National Center of Public Health and Analyses (NCPHA).

The event was attended by: Dr. Daniela Daritkova - Chairperson, 44th National Assembly Healthcare Committee; Assoc. Prof. Hristo Hinkov, MD, PhD - Director of NCPHA; Prof. Todor Kantardzhiev, MD, PhD, DSc, MHM - Director of the National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (NCIPD); Dr Skender Syla (WHO Representative for Bulgaria and Head of Office); Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mihail Okoliyski - Public Health Expert at the WHO Office in Bulgaria; representatives of the responsible state institutions, Regional Health Inspectorates, professional organizations in the sphere of health care, professional and patient organizations, leading Bulgarian medical specialists and experts

The National Health Strategy 2020 of the Republic of Bulgaria is a fundamental policy document for long-term planning and prognosis of the development of public health and the healthcare system of the country. Evaluating the strategy and its relevance to WHO and UN strategies allows to analyze the achievements and shortcomings as well as the strengths and weaknesses of this document.

The National Center of Public Health and Analyses, supported by the World Health Organization, is about to carry out mapping of the evidence for the implementation of the National Health Strategy (NHS) 2020 and in particular:

  • (a) mapping the evidence for NFS 2020 implementation and developing a Mapping Report Evidence of the application of NHS 2020;
  • (b) organizing a meeting to discuss the Technical Report on the Mapping of Evidence.

The mapping of evidence for the application of NHS 2020 will be done by applying a WHO methodology, in particular:

  • (a) Mapping all health policies, strategies and plans and programs at national and sub-national level using online WHO tools and methodology;
  • (b) Gathering evidence on health using online WHO tools and methodology;
  • (c) Analysis of collected data;
  • (d) Drawing up brief information on the findings (with WHO experts) to be published;

The NCPHA will review the process and work and will consult the WHO to ensure that the methodology and usefulness of the evidence mapping report for the forthcoming review of the ND 2020 2020 are properly used.

In this regard the instrument for gathering evidence and publishing all policies and publications on the activities under the National Health Strategy was translated.

This tool is available at the following website: http://healthpolicyexchange.online/mapping_database_bul/

We appeal to all interested institutions, scientific communities and specialists to get acquainted with this tool and to implement all policies, strategies, activities and publications on the National Health Strategy 2020.

NCPHA organizes a round table on "The Health of Bulgarians in the 21st Century - Trends and Challenges" to be held on June 13, 2018, Wednesday, at 14.30, in the “Iztok” Hall of the National Assembly under the auspices of Committee on the Healthcare. The forum will discuss the health-demographic situation of the population, financing, investment and public health problems in Bulgaria, the activities of the National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (NCIPD) in the control of infections for public health protection, etc.

The round table will be attended by Dr. Daniela Daritkova, Chairperson, 44th National Assembly Healthcare Committee; Assoc. Prof. Hristo Hinkov, MD, PhD - Director of NCPHA; Prof. Todor Kantardzhiev, MD, PhD, DSc, MHM - Director of the National Center of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (NCIPD); Dr Skender Syla (WHO Representative for Bulgaria and Head of Office); Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mihail Okoliyski - Public Health Expert at the WHO Office in Bulgaria; representatives of the responsible state institutions, Regional Health Inspectorates, professional organizations in the sphere of health care, professional and patient organizations, leading Bulgarian medical specialists and experts.

The forum is open to accredited media.

According to the WHO, 70% of early deaths among mature adults are largely due to the type of behavior formed during maturation (WHO, 2002).

Age 10-19 is the period of maturation, the transition from childhood to adulthood. It is considered to be the most important in every person's development, because then there are physical, psychological, emotional and social changes that are extremely important to health and development later on. Current data from the NCPHA present the relationship between unfavorable childhood experiences and adult risk behavior in adulthood.

You can read all the information here

he EuroHealthNet’s General Council has officially endorsed the membership in EuroHealthNet of the National Center of Public Health and Analyses (NCPHA) at its annual meeting (Brussels 6-7 June).

EuroHealthNet is a not-for-profit partnership of organisations, agencies and statutory bodies working on public heath, disease prevention, promoting health, and reducing inequalities.

The mission is:

  • To improve and sustain health between and within European States through action on the social determinants of health.
  • To tackle health inequalities. EuroHealthNet supports members’ work in EU and associated states through policy and project development, knowledge and expertise exchange, research, networking, and communications.

Prof. Veselka Duleva

24 hours, 20.04.2018

- Prof. Duleva, the avoidance of the double standards on foods is the focus of the Bulgarian Presidency. Would you explain why?

- The issue has gained wide publicity after the issue was raised by Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission president, also supported by Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. It is considered that the sale of two different products of the same brand and packaging, but with different ingredients, misleads consumers.

You can read the entire interview here

The National Center of Public Health and Analyses (NCPHA) and Collegium “Private Psychiatry” are organizing a scientific conference with international participation on the topic "Trauma - Biological, Psychological and Social Aspects".

The Forum will be held on 13-14 April, 2018 at the Aula of NCPHA, Sofia.

The event will include the participation of Deputy Minister of Health - Svetlana Yordanova, representatives of the World Health Organization, the European Psychiatric Association, NCPHA, psychiatrists and psychologists, experts from public and social institutions, and organizations from abroad and Bulgaria. Among the topics to be discussed are: trauma as a prerequisite for family conflicts, trauma and depression, mental health systems in different countries, psychopathology in post-modern times, prospects for public mental health, etc.

You can see the whole Event Program here http://conference.privatepsychiatry.org/.

This year the World Health Organization has identified the main theme of World Health Day 7 April - "Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere". The campaign's slogan is "Health for All".

On this occasion a press conference will be held on 5.04.2018 at 10 a.m. in the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA) in Sofia with the participation of Dr. Skender Syla (WHO Representative for Bulgaria and Head of Office), Dr. Daniela Daritkova, Chairperson, Bulgarian Healthcare Parliamentary Committee, Svetlana Yordanova, Deputy Minister of Health, and Assoc. Prof. Hristo Hinkov, MD, PhD, Director of NCPHA.

On the eve of World Health Day, WHO calls on world leaders to take concrete steps to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) - every person in the world has access to quality health services without facing financial difficulties.

The theme is also in line with the Sustainable Development Goals agreed by all countries in 2015.