Public health and medical care

Medical care involves the measures taken to provide care for those who are ill and the development of medical and health care services. Care should be equitable, gender-equal and accessible, and offered on equal terms according to need. Public health is about the measures taken to prevent ill health and covers everything from broad action to promote public health to specific issues such as alcohol and tobacco consumption, and protection from communicable diseases.

Responsible for public health and medical care

Responsible minister

Lena Hallengren, Minister for Health and Social Affairs
Lena Hallengren Minister for Health and Social Affairs

Responsible ministry

News about public health and medical care

  • Cooperation with US on cancer research to be renewed

    Lena Hallengren stands in front of an American flag.
    In the first week of June 2022, Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren visited the United States. During the minister's visit, a meeting was held with US authorities on a collaboration agreement on cancer research. Photo: Elin Aarflot/Governments Offices

    Since 2016, Sweden has had a bilateral cooperation agreement with the US on cancer research. During Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren’s visit to Washington DC on 1 June, the parties confirmed the desire to deepen their cooperation by extending the agreement.

  • Sweden and UK highlight efforts to combat antibiotic resistance at ministerial breakfast

    Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren together with UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid, and the other ministers in the Ministerial Alliance of Champions against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
    Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren and UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid hosted a breakfast meeting for the Ministerial Alliance of Champions against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Photo: Swedish Government Offices

    On 23 May, Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren and UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid hosted a breakfast meeting for the Ministerial Alliance of Champions against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Both countries established the alliance in 2015 and current members include the US, France and China. The meeting was held in connection with the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Malin Grape
Malin Grape, Sweden's new AMR Ambassador Photo: Folkhälsomyndigheten

Sweden appoints an ambassador to work against antimicrobial resistance

Sweden is establishing a new position – an AMR Ambassador – to further strengthen the important global work against antimicrobial resistance. The position will go to Malin Grape.

Sweden supporting Ukraine with medical supplies

On 2 March, Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren held a press briefing with Director General of the National Board of Health and Welfare Olivia Wigzell and Director General of the Medical Products Agency Björn Eriksson. Ms Hallengren announced that Sweden will donate medical supplies to Ukraine.

Strategy for Sweden’s cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) 2021–2025

The Swedish Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren held a speech during the Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly. Sweden has recently launched a new strategy for Sweden’s cooperation with the World Health Organization 2021–2025.

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