Health in Times of Transition: Trends in Population Health and Health Policies in CIS countries (HITT-CIS; 2009-2013)
The project was primarily funded by the European Commission (DG Research – FP7, 2009-2013) and is a 9-Nation-Study: (1), Ukraine (2), Belarus (3), Moldova (4), Armenia (5), Georgia (6), Azerbaijan (7), Kazakhstan (8), and Kyrgyzstan (9).
HITT-CIS is a follow-up project that continues the research efforts started in an earlier FP5-Copernicus Project LLH (Living Conditions, Lifestyles and Health, 2000-2003).
Background and expertise
We seek to understand better the circumstances in which people of the post-Soviet countries live, how good or bad is the quality of health service they receive and how they access the healthcare facilities. We also seek to understand their lifestyles, patterns of nutrition, and of alcohol and tobacco consumption.
In addition, we shall evaluate the efficiency of public policies at national, regional and local levels in relation to the health care and securing the healthy circumstance of people’s life.The study addresses one of the thematic priorities set by European Commission in its FP7-Health Call of research projects. The overall aim of HITT is to contribute to the improvement of the health of the populations and health care systems CIS countries. Six of these countries participate in the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP), while Russia and the EU collaborate on the four “common spaces” and Central Asia countries are among the most important economic and social partners of the European Union.
The project has gathered together a unique team of health-care experts, medical doctors and social scientists from EU and CIS countries and Canada. We have collaborated closely for over a decade to understand trends in population health and changes in lifestyles in the post-Soviet countries neighboring of the European Union and with which the EU has established intensive cooperation in trade and in the spheres of human and cultural exchange.
The study addresses one of the thematic priorities set by European Commission in its FP7-Health Call of research projects. The overall aim of HITT is to contribute to the improvement of the health of the populations and health care systems CIS countries. Six of these countries participate in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), while Russia and the EU collaborate on the four “common spaces” and Central Asia countries are among the most important economic and social partners of the European Union. The specific objectives are to:
HITT-CIS focuses on eight core research themes:
The general methodological approach of the project involves the combination of specific expertise in health care issues and social science methods. The health care experts identify the key areas and issues of research. At the same time, social scientists provide sociological measurement tools and techniques, conduct fieldwork and conduct research into the formulation and implementation of public policy issues. Joined analysis of newly collected empirical data will result into a series of detailed thematic reports.
In our work, we depart from a conceptual model of the determinants of heath and disease. This model distinguishes between the domains of public life, which are the primary sphere of care for national governments and regional authorities on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the domains of individual lives, where the individual people and families must assume their own responsibility.
Who and how will benefit from this publically funded project?
HITT-CIS will make concrete recommendations with regard to the improvement of public health care policies, providing advice to national and international stake-holders. It will:
What is the methodology of the study?
The study combines specialist expertise in public health with
epidemiological and social science methods. Public health experts
identify key areas relevant to policy and define areas for research,
while the social scientists develop and refine a wide range of
sociological measurement tools and techniques. This combination will
provide new insights into an under-researched but extremely important
Geographical and empirical scopes of the project
Coordination: Vienna (Austria), London and Aberdeen (UK)
Expert teams: Hamilton (Canada), Moscow (Russia), Tbilisi (Georgia), Chisinau (Moldova)
HITT-CIS Principal Investigators
HITT-CIS Project Coordinator
CIS Survey Teams