The state and NGOs will reduce alcohol consumption by Russians
The Ministry of Health, as Kommersant found out, plans to allocate up to 40 million rubles. annually to subsidize NGOs that work on projects to promote healthy lifestyles (HLS). The corresponding concept, developed by the department within the framework of the priority project "Formation of a healthy lifestyle", was submitted to the government of the Russian Federation for consideration. Officials hope to increase the proportion of people “committed to a healthy lifestyle” who regularly engage in physical education and sports, as well as reduce the volume of alcohol consumption per capita from the current 10 liters to 8 liters in 2025.
Kommersant has at its disposal a draft concept of the Ministry of Health on subsidizing NGO projects in the field of promoting healthy lifestyles. The document was developed as part of the priority project "Formation of a healthy lifestyle": the Cabinet of Ministers approved its passport in August 2017 following a meeting of the Presidium of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for Strategic Development and Priority Projects. “Currently, a significant number of people quit smoking, monitor their weight, try to walk more and more, try different individual nutrition systems,” said then Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, presenting the project. “If a person has been engaged in physical education since childhood, it is highly likely that he will keep this habit for life. And you can and should be motivated to do this”.
Recall, according to the priority project, by the end of 2019 it is planned to increase the share of citizens "committed to a healthy lifestyle" to 45% (by the end of 2025 - up to 60%), the share of citizens who regularly engage in physical education and sports - up to 38% in 2019 (up to 45% in 2025). Now the share of such Russians is 36% and 34%, respectively. The document assumes a decrease in tobacco consumption among the adult population of the Russian Federation from 30.5% to 29.5% in 2019 (27% in 2025), and alcohol consumption - from 10 liters per capita to 9.3 liters in 2019 (to 8 l in 2025).
The goal of the concept for "partial financing of NPO projects" is "the integration of thematic NPOs into the country's health agenda." “Non-profit organizations are undoubtedly an important element in the system of protecting the health of citizens,” State Secretary-Deputy Minister of Health Dmitry Kostennikov told Kommersant. “It is NGOs that can provide the necessary assistance where the state is powerless and build an“equal to equal”dialogue." …
The draft concept was submitted to the government of the Russian Federation. It assumes that subsidies among NPOs will be distributed through an open tender. The competition committee will consider projects in the field of physical education and sports, prevention of smoking, alcoholism and drug addiction and reducing the number of people "subject to such addictions", health education, support and promotion of healthy lifestyle practices, including proper nutrition, as well as the development of volunteerism in the field health care and promotion of healthy lifestyles. “The size of state subsidies should be about 10% of the budget of the priority project, but it has not yet been established,” the Ministry of Health told Kommersant. “It is assumed that about 40 million rubles will be allocated to NGOs within the framework of the competition. in year".
“The decision on financial support of specialized volunteer organizations by the Ministry of Health is an important infrastructure element of support for NGOs,” said Pavel Savchuk, head of the All-Russian movement “Volunteers-doctors”. “There are many organizations in the regions that have programs on healthy lifestyles, it would be logical to involve them in the work (within the framework of the priority project. - Kommersant),” Elena Topoleva-Soldunova, a member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, told Kommersant. that for little money they do quite a lot. And NGOs with small budgets sometimes even need 10 thousand rubles. support. If they receive several hundred thousand rubles, the mountains will be moved."
“The concept is of a general nature, it is not clear how the competitive procedures will be built,” Larisa Popovich, director of the Institute of Health Economics at the Higher School of Economics, told Kommersant. “But the fact itself (subsidizing NGOs. - Kommersant) seems to me quite logical, because different organizations and departments are already holding competitions, involving NGOs in the implementation of socially significant tasks. Previously, the Ministry of Health did not do this, other organizations did it, for example, the League for the Health of the Nation”.