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Tools for » Preventing non-communicable diseases, promoting healthy lifestyle, and support to modernization of the health system in Belarus
Project ID:00093066Description:JP Belarus BELMED
Start Date *: 22 Feb 2016
End Date*: 31 Aug 2020
Country: Belarus Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),  United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and  World Health Organization (WHO) have established a Joint Programme entitled “Preventing non-communicable diseases, promoting healthy lifestyle and support to modernization of the health system in Belarus” using a pass-through modality.

Project activities are provided for by the EU Annual Action Programme 2013 for Belarus (AAP-2013), which stipulates rendering assistance to improve the health system and the welfare of the Belarusian people, including the following components:

  1. International accreditation of Belarusian laboratories for testing medical products.
  2. Prevention of NCDs and promotion of healthy lifestyles.
  3. Support to modernization of the health system.

The project is a set of measures corresponding to the goals and objectives of Components 2 and 3 of the Programme, implemented in conjunction with the activities of Component 1 and complementing them, contributing to local capacity-building of the areas and regions in terms of development.


The Joint Programme

This proposed action is the first EU financed national entry project in the health sector in Belarus. Therefore it appeared most reasonable to rely on the existing expertise of the most experienced partners. Considering the specific mandate of UN agencies in the health field, extensive partnerships with healthcare civil society organisations and experience in activities at the local level in Belarus, component 2 will be implemented by UN agencies under path-through modality of Joint Programming.

This project is built on the principles of the UN system and the possibilities of specialized agencies (UNDP, WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA) in terms of strategic measures to combat non-communicable diseases, child and adolescent injuries, and to strengthen the health of mothers and children. It will be implemented through the project which will contribute to the effectiveness of Government programs and actions of the Government and local authorities in the area of reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases, both at the national and regional levels, as well as increased activity of the population in the development and promotion of local initiatives that contribute to better health. Thus, the project priority will be the involvement of the population into the project by providing a tool for joint activities of local authorities, the public and other stakeholders in strengthening public health and improving the quality of health services.

Under the UN policy "Deliver as one" (DAO) UNDP will coordinate the contributions from other UN agencies according to the specific mandates of these agencies. UNDP will coordinate and manage the involvement of specialised UN agencies such as WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, allowing for an integrated approach encompassing multiple intervention aspects into one single action. Moreover, UNDP proves to have an extensive network of non-state partners on the regional and local level, allowing for active and decisive implication of NGOs, local communities and local authorities.

Taking into account that international technical assistance to the Republic of Belarus in the field of health care has been provided to date through specialized UN agencies, the project will be based on years of experience of implementation of such projects by UN agencies. Joint involvement into coordination of implementation of the current project, UN agencies both in Belarus and at the global level, will promote common approaches and coordinate activities to be consistent with the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

The strategy of the project is built in accordance with he WHO recommendations and the outcomes of the joint mission of the United Nations for the prevention and control of NCDs:


  • Strengthen key interventions to control NCDs at the population level (control of tobacco and alcohol).
  • Introduce surveillance of NCD risk factors (STEPS).
  • Strengthen inter-sectoral collaboration to control NCDs.
  • Establish a national coordination mechanism on NCDs with the participation of public sector, NGOs and international organizations.
  • Gain evidence of the negative impact of the current burden of NCDs on the economy in general and the possibility of effective control of that influence.
  • Optimize individual services in the field of NCDs, including prevention, early detection and effective treatment at the primary health system.
  • Reorient the healthcare system towards the patient.
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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Belarus or the lead agency for the programme. The MPTF Office Portfolio Manager (or Country Director with Delegation of Authority) for this programme:

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