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Europe and Eurasia

The United States shares many common health challenges with European and Eurasian countries.  We learn from each other’s experience and often collaborate towards common goals to overcome these challenges.  From the prevention of non-communicable diseases to establishing strong disease detection and response infrastructures, the U.S and European/Eurasian countries benefit greatly from an ongoing exchange of information, ideas, expertise, and resources, to improve the health of our nations.

The countries of this region, leveraging their world-class research institutions, are technologically advanced and able to implement initiatives related to:  electronic health records; the development of new medicines; and accessing the power of scientific advances, such as in the field of human genomics, for the improvement of human health.  Several countries of the region have strong global development and humanitarian assistance programs, with which the United States is able to collaborate to strengthen our global impact.

This region also is home to several important international organizations.  The European Union and its related bodies create a basis for common approaches to health across many European countries.  The World Health Organization, based in Geneva, also includes a European Regional Office (WHO EURO), which facilitates collaboration on health issues in the region.  The Group of Seven (G-7) is made up primarily of European countries, in addition to the United States, Canada, and Japan.  The Arctic Council covers European and North American countries.  The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which gathers data, studies, and provides recommendations on health issues affecting economies, is based in Paris and is made up largely of European country members.  And the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), is based in Paris.

The United States interacts with the Europe/Eurasia region through multiple mechanisms.  U.S. federal agencies maintain close working relationships with their counterparts in many governments of the region, also through joint working groups covering specific topics.  Science and technology agreements help to foster research collaborations for faster advancements.  U.S. regulatory agencies maintain agreements with counterparts in the region for the exchange of safety information.  And the U.S. lends expertise to international organizations, in part through agreements placing U.S. workers within the structures of the organizations.  

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