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  • 15.10.2012

    Children are taken into care as a last resort

    Lotta Hämeen-Anttila

    The sometimes acrimonious child welfare debate of recent weeks worries Ministerial Adviser Lotta Hämeen-Anttila.

    "We would not want immigrants to begin avoiding child welfare services because they have begun to view the Finnish authorities as hostile. It is important to establish trust between clients and employees, so that we can provide help."

  • 08.10.2012

    More nuanced approaches to drug policy work

    Tapani Sarvanti MSAH Ministerial Counsellor Tapani Sarvanti considers the on-going, open-ended debate around drugs policy important. He says that one problem with the discussion in Finland has been that it seems unable to handle the issue without going in for rigid categories.
  • 28.09.2012

    Reaching for sustainability and efficiency

    Päivi Sillanaukee

    Päivi Sillanaukee, Permanent Secretary at the MSAH since the beginning of October, has a hefty portfolio. With the country's economy is in tight straits social and health services have to be organized more stringently, and efficiency sought at every turn.
  • 13.08.2012

    Statistical data for more open use

    Antti Alila; Sari Kauppinen There are numerous bodies in the social and health sector involved in producing statistical data. The trend in recent years has been to provide an increasingly wide variety of statistical products, and thus make more accurate information publicly available. The availability of statistical information has proceeded rapidly, according to MSAH senior officer Antti Alila and ministerial adviser Sari Kauppinen.
  • 16.07.2012

    Berry pickers on two levels

    Markus Pyykkönen "The situation of foreign berry pickers in Finland depends on whether they pick red berries in a field or yellow berries in a marsh," says Markus Pyykkönen, Head of Development specializing in occupational safety in agriculture at the MSAH. Those working for a market-garden do so under work contracts, while wild berry pickers are treated as entrepreneurs.
  • 04.06.2012

    Eliminating Developing Country Poverty Piece by Piece

    Anne Eriksson There are many dimensions to sustainable development. It is not just a ecological issue, as development must also be sustainable socially and economically. Finland will be taking part in the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20-22 June.
  • 12.03.2012

    Gender pay gap a major challenge for gender equality policy

    Eeva Raevaara Gender equality issues in Finland are regarded as of crucial importance and are subject to continual intervention by government, in particular to target areas in which progress has been difficult. "For example, the gender pay gap remains even though there has been some small positive developments on equal pay," says Senior Officer Eeva Raevaara, secretary of the working group on the government's gender equality action plan.
  • 27.02.2012

    Savings to medicines reimbursement seek fairest solution

    Outi Antila "Our pharmaceutical reimbursement system is currently being reformed, in line with the stated objective of the government programme. The aim is that the proposal concerning this structural readjustment will be ready by the end of the year," says Director General Outi Antila, who heads the working group on medicines' reimbursements.
  • 02.01.2012

    Finland and Russia strengthen cooperation in social and health sector

    Olli Kuukasjärvi Finland and Russia aim to intensify their mutual collaboration in the area of social welfare and health care. Last November the two countries signed a memorandum of cooperation designed to achieve this. According to Ministerial Adviser Olli Kuukasjärvi, the agreement enables cooperation on legislation, a swifter response in the event of disease pandemics, and can make it easier to investigate cases of fraudulent medical practitioners, an issue which has been prominent in Finland in recent months.