Policy Area (PA) ‘Health’ aims at improving and promoting people’s health, including its social aspects.
The prosperity of the Baltic Sea macro-region is based on its human capital; consequently a healthy population is a critical factor behind sustainable economic development of enterprises and societies. Improving people’s health and social well-being is particularly important in the context of the ageing society, the growing threat posed by non-communicable diseases and the spread of infections, including infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, three of the greatest macro-regional challenges in the 21st century.
Unless counteracted, a decline in the working-age population and a higher number of people with chronic communicable and non-communicable diseases will put immense pressure on national budgets and will lead to a loss of productivity in the decades to come. By investing in health improvement and promotion, the economic gain will be two-fold: (i) healthy people are more likely to stay in the labour market longer and remain productive, and (ii) reduced spending on treating ill health.
The overall Policy Area "Health" goal is to reduce premature avoidable loss of human capital and is measuring its success through the ‘potential years of life lost’ (PYLL) indicator.
The targets until 2020 are:
· 10% reduction in premature avoidable mortality (PYLL) in the Baltic Sea Region/Northern Dimension Area;
· 10% reduction in the difference between the lowest (best) and highest (worst) PYLL rates for women and men among the Baltic Sea Region/Northern Dimension Area.
PA Health is coordinated by Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being, NDPHS.
Read more about the PA Health at their website