The European Centre for the Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST) was established in 1997 to conduct research and analyse policy on health and health care in countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
From this geographical focus the work of ECOHOST has expanded to incorporate a much broader conceptualization of transition which recognises the perpetual nature of social, economic and political change around the world and seeks to explain the impact of such transitions on health and health systems.
The Centre has built up a considerable body of research on health care, health policy and public health issues. This work has been funded from a variety of sources including the European Commission, World Bank, UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF.
ECOHOST is a WHO Collaborating Centre and a partner in the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies