World Health Organization To Establish A New Office Ιn Athens

  • by XpatAthens
  • Tuesday, 20 October 2020
World Health Organization To Establish A New Office Ιn Athens
Following their meeting in Copenhagen last week, Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias and the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Hans Kluge, have announced that the World Health Organization's (WHO) head office or the Quality of Health Care and Patient Safety will be in Athens.
The decision of the World Health Organization – as pointed out by the Greek health ministry – was based on several parameters, such as:
  • The emergence of Greece as a protagonist for its resilience to the health challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The vital knowledge and experience gained by Greece in quality of patient care and safety, with the legislation and establishment of the National Organization for Quality Assurance in Health. These practices can be adapted to the needs of other countries in the WHO European Region.

  • Successful management in implementing the anti-smoking law, which has improved the level of public health and safety of patients.

  • The unique features of Greece that can protect health and improve the quality of life have not been taken into account in the quality of care models. Greece, for example, with its record of longevity and the Mediterranean diet, can be the perfect example for improving the quality of life in Europe.

  • The experience of the Organization's Office in Greece in the transformation of health systems, which provides a strong base and an extensive network, on which future work will be based, even beyond the national level.

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