Slovenia, National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ)
The National Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia (NIJZ) is a national institution, whose main purpose is to study, protect and increase the level of health of the population of the Republic of Slovenia (RS) through raising the awareness of the population and other preventive measures. NIJZ is funded by The Ministry of Health of Slovenia. Its activities include: provision of data on health and health protection, monitoring and evaluation of public health, identifying health threats and devising measures for their control, health promotion and creating expert based health-friendly policies, programs and actions to prevent diseases, monitoring and evaluation of the health care system and developing public health professionals and research. In addition to its central role in public health activities in Slovenia, NIJZ also actively participates in international projects, which span different areas of health and public health problems in the general population.
NIJZ took part at few studies concerning impact of air pollution on health (APHEA, APHEIS, APHEKOM). The most recent study that NIJZ took part was APHEKOM study about Decision Making on Air Pollution and Health in Europe DG Sanco (2008 - 2011).
NIJZ serves as a National body for evaluation and assessment of air pollution data and impact on health of population.
NIJZ conducted first Health Survey in the country European Health Interview Survey in 2007. NIJZ is running National Data sets on mortality and morbidy.
The important role is giving proposals how to improve health of the population also in relation to exposure to environmental health risks.
NIJZ is headed by director (in the current term, acting director Ivan Eržen) and managed by the Institute’s Council, while the Medical Board plans, discusses and directs the professional activity of the Institute.
Contact : OTOREPEC, Peter