Healing the Crisis: A Prescription for Public Health Action in South Eastern Europe

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This analysis reviews population health and its determinants in South Eastern Europe and concludes that investment in public health is needed in the immediate, medium and long term.

Most of the countries of South Eastern Europe (Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro and the UN administered province of Kosovo) experienced major disruptions during the 1990s, which has resulted in the destruction of basic infrastructure, large population movements and fractured economies and social safety nets.

This analysis aims to inform about the nature of the resulting health problems, the policy responses they have attracted and the results that have been achieved by the international assistance given so far.


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