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Evaluation of the Task Force on Communicable Diseases in the Baltic Sea Region

The dramatic rise in tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in some of the former East Bloc countries caused great concern among Western experts around the turn of the millennium. To combat the emerging threat, the Council of Baltic Sea States launched in 2000 the Task Force on Communicable Disease Control in the Baltic Sea Region (the Task Force). During the period 2001-04, the Task Force implemented more than 100 projects to combat tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and improve primary health care in the north-western parts of Russia and the Baltic states. The project is part of the evaluation efforts underway, focusing on how 'contextual factors' such as differences in political systems and culture have influenced implementation of the Task Force.

Project staff:
Geir Hønneland (project leader)
Lars Rowe

Project period: 2002-2005


Rowe, Lars and Bernd Rechel, 'Fighting Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in Northeast Europe: Sustainable Collaboration or Political Rhetoric?'. The European Journal of Public Health, Vol 16, No 6, 2006, pp. 609-614.

Hønneland, Geir and Lars Rowe, 'Western versus Post-Soviet Medicine: Fighting Tuberculosis and HIV in North-West Russia and the Baltic States', Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Vol 21, No 3, 2005, pp. 395-414.

Rowe, Lars and Geir Hønneland, 'Smittevern og internasjonal politikk ('Communicable Diseases and International Politics'). Tidsskrift for Den norske lægeforening, No 12, 2005, pp. 78-80.

Hønneland, Geir and Lars Rowe, Health as International Politics: Combating Communicable Diseases in the Baltic Sea Region. Aldershot & Burlington, VT, Ashgate, 2004. 150 p.

Ohna, Vanja, The LFA web-tool. FNI Report 10/2004. Lysaker, FNI, 2004, 17 p.

Rowe, Lars, Report from the Steering Committee for Evaluation of the Task Force on Communicable Disease Control in the Baltic Sea Region. FNI Report 9/2004. Lysaker: FNI, 2004. 27 p.

Hønneland, Geir and Lars Rowe, 'Kan Vesten redde Russland fra tuberkulose og AIDS?' ('Can the West save Russia from tuberculosis and AIDS?'). Dagbladet, 19 August 2004. In Norwegian.

Hønneland, Geir and Arild Moe, Evaluation of the Barents Health Programme - Programme selection and implementation. FNI report 7/2002. Lysaker: FNI, 2002. 38 p.
 Related focal points of research:

   Arctic and Russian politics

Project funding:

   Norwegian Ministry of Health

 External cooperation partners:

   London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Related FNI document:

   Nordområdeforskning ved FNI ('FNI's Research on the High North'). Presentation brochure in Norwegian (PDF , 0.6 Mb)

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