Macedonia in 60th place on the Good Country Index


Skopje, 4 June, 2016 - 12:36 (META) 

Sweden finds itself at the top of the list because of its positive lifestyle. Iceland is also at the top because of its contributions to the planet and preserving the environment, as it produces minimum harmful materials and low emissions of carbon dioxide. Britain is at the top when it comes to science and technology, says the Index of Good Countries.
The index shows that Sweden, not only has a suitable economy, but they are doing more good, than harm than any other country. This year, 38 countries were added to this list. Libya is at the bottom.

Taking all factors into account, Macedonia is in 60th place on the list.

In the separate categories, at the bottom of the list, we are in terms of international peace and security (125th place) and health (119th place).

We are 93rd on the list when it comes to prosperity and equality, 62nd for the planet and the climate, and 59th in the world order.

In terms of culture, we are 57th on the list, and in science and technology 27th.


Lazarevik: The Campaign for medicines is unnecessary and with short-term populist effect


Skopje, 27 May, 2015 - 11:07 (META) 

To raise awareness about the rational use of drugs, the government will spend 468 000 euros.
The funds money will be given to three marketing agencies that need to devise a campaign that will then be placed in the media.

Former Deputy Minister of Health Vladimir Lazarevik believes that this campaign is entirely unnecessary, it will not give any result and will only serve to achieve other goals unrelated to the health of the citizens.

– We, at the “Healthgrouper” for many years are committed for each promotional campaign to have their expected results that should be clearly measurable. For example, if the government is now doing a campaign for rational use of drugs, we must know how to assess the effect of such a campaign. We have to know what are the other alternatives available, such as the education of doctors by Centers for Family Medicine, by the Macedonian Medical Association and the like. Thus, by spending such a large amount of money for needs that, I will stress again, have only short-term populist effect, only seemingly deludes the citizens that something is done, and basically has no effect – considered Lazarevik.
According to him, populism does not work in improving the life span of the citizens, in reducing infant mortality and in indicators that affect health of people.

– We have witnessed in recent years that the government exceeded in the carrying out of populist projects in the form of advertising campaigns, which do not give any result. In the background of these moves something else is hidden, and it is an elegant and opaque way to show that something works, and for that something, you may not be able to log into trace of money – considered Lazarevik.

According to the report of the Health Insurance Fund for the consumption of prescription drugs last year the citizens obtained drugs to 19 million prescriptions, which is an increase from the previous two years.