26 November 2020

Patrick Jeurissen, Professor of Affordability of Care at the IQ healthcare department of the Radboudumc and scientific advisor to the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, has been appointed as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the pan-European committee 'Health and Sustainable Development'. This committee will study healthcare policy in the light of pandemics in the coming year.

This independent committee was convened by the European branch of the World Health Organization (WHO). The committee will review health care policies and systems and look at them in the broader context of sustainable development strategies.

Increase awareness of possible pandemics

In the coming year, the committee will study health care policy in relation to pandemics. The committee's tasks are as follows:

  • To make a comprehensive rethink for setting priorities in economic and social policy;
  • to identify the challenges and opportunities facing health and social care systems in the 53 member states of the WHO European Region;
  • Make recommendations and build consensus on raising awareness of potential pandemic and pandemic-like threats;
  • Improve health systems in terms of structure and investment;
  • Redefine governance and strengthen resilience and capacity of countries to anticipate and innovate.

Scientific Advisory Board

The committee will bring together knowledge and wisdom from a continent-wide network of, among others, leaders, policy makers and scientists, and will be supported in this task by a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) consisting of academics and policy officers.

Patrick Jeurissen, together with the other members of the WA, will provide the committee with a scientific basis for collecting relevant scientific literature. In addition, the WA will present priorities and options to policy makers for investments in health and social systems. This to support economic growth and promote cohesion in societies.


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