Public health

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.

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Jakob Forssmed Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health

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  • A fast-paced year of work against antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

    A portrait of Ms Malin Grape
    Malin Grape, Swedish AMR Ambassador. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

    One of Malin Grape's main tasks is to promote the visibility of the government's priority issues in the field of antimicrobial resistance in the international arena and to contribute to a strengthened global dialogue. As Swedish Ambassador for work against AMR, she highlighted this issue at several key forums in 2023, including during the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and at the World Health Assembly (WHA).

  • Key health and medical care actors gathered at conference on support to Ukraine

    • Three ministers, surrounded by people and Swedish and Ukrainian flags, hold up signed agreements.

      During the conference, the three ministers – Ukraine’s Minister of Healthcare Viktor Liashko and Sweden’s Minister for Health Care Acko Ankarberg Johansson and Minister for Health and Social Affairs Jakob Forssmed – signed a memorandum ofunderstanding between Sweden and Ukraine.

      Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government offices of Sweden

    • Minister of Healthcare of Ukraine Viktor Liashko gives a speech.

      Minister of Healthcare of Ukraine Viktor Liashko was one of the keynote speakers at the conference on 1 December.

      Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government offices of Sweden

    • A man gives a speech on stage in a packed conference room. The Swedish and Ukrainian flags, and the text ‘Partnership Sweden-Ukraine’, are shown on the screen behind him.

      The Conference on Support to the Recovery and Development of Health Care in Ukraine brought together over 100 representatives of government agencies, the business sector, civil society, hospitals and academia, and European and international actors such as the European Commission, the World Health Organisation and the World Bank.

      Photo: Magnus Liljegren/Government offices of Sweden

    The will to support Ukraine is strong among Swedish health and medical care actors from both the public and private sectors. The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and Swecare held a Conference on Support to the Recovery and Development of Health Care in Ukraine on 1 December to harness this engagement and discuss how Swedish support can be put to best use.

Ten women and men gathered for a photo session
A few of the health ministers gathered. Swedish Minister for Health Care Acko Ankarberg Johansson in the center. Photo: Sofia Ireståhl/The Government Offices of Sweden

Minister for Health Care raised important health care issues for the EU at World Health Assembly

The theme of this year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) was the World Health Organization (WHO) at 75 and the work it does. Representing the EU and its Member States, Minister for Health Care Acko Ankarberg Johansson took part on the first two days (21–22 May).

Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health Jakob Forssmed.
Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health Jakob Forssmed. Photo: Johannes Frandsen/Government offices

Engaging discussions on action to combat the silent pandemic

The high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) within the framework of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union was held on 6–7 March outside Stockholm. Over 140 high-level delegates from EU and EEA countries, organisations and institutions participated in discussions and panels on the threat to people’s health and how the EU can support global efforts to combat the spread of AMR, also known as the ‘silent pandemic’.

Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health Jakob Forssmed speaks at a press conference.
Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health Jakob Forssmed. Photo:Ninni Andersson/Government offices

Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health appointed member of the Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance

Minister for Social Affairs and Public Health Jakob Forssmed has been appointed member of the Global Leaders Group (GLG) on Antimicrobial Resistance. The GLG comprises world leaders and experts working together to accelerate action on antimicrobial resistance.

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