The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia was established on 1 February 2003.
Ministry of Health is the leading government authority in the health sector and it is responsible for public health, health care and pharmacy.
The Ministry of Health develops the national health policy, as well as organizes, coordinates and monitors its implementation. In order to secure execution of these functions the Ministry of Health develops regulations and policy planning documents, evaluates projects developed by other institutions, represents state interests in foreign and international institutions, informs the society about health policies and about the work of other health care institutions, as well as develops and defends national positions in the field of health care in the European Union.
Parliamentary Secretary - Ilmārs Dūrītis
State Secretary - Daina Mūrmane-Umbraško
Deputy State Secretary for Financial Issues - Āris Kasparāns
Deputy State Secretary for Resources and Changes Management - Agnese Vaļuliene
Deputy Secretary of State for Health Policy - Līga Šerna
Ministry's task is to develop and implement a national policy to safeguard public health, promote prevention by promoting healthy lifestyles, as well as to create conditions for citizens to get a cost effective, accessible and quality health care services.
The Ministry of Health has eight departments:
Department of European Affairs and International Cooperation
Department of Document Management and Personnel
Department of Pharmaceuticals
Department of Health Care
Department of Public Health
Department of Investments and Monitoring of the European Union Funds
Department of Budget Planning
Department of Projects Management
As well as ten permanent divisions: Accounting Division, Audit Division, Information Technology Division, Human Resources Developmenet Division, Legal Division, Division of Capital Enterprises and Monitoring of Sectoral Finance and Investment, Communication Division, Procurement Division, Property and technical security Division, Policy Coordination Division.
Health ministers since 2002:
Anda Čakša 16.06.2016. - 23.01.2019.
Guntis Belēvičs 05.11.2014. - 10.06.2016.
Ingrīda Circene 25.10.2011. - 14.07.2014.
Juris Bārzdiņš 03.11.2010. - 25.10.2011.
Didzis Gavars 13.05.2010. - 03.11.2010.
prof. Baiba Rozentāle 29.06.2009. - 23.03.2010.
Ivars Eglītis 20.12.2007. - 17.06.2009.
Vinets Veldre 25.01.2007. - 20.12.2007.
Gundars Bērziņš 02.12.2004. - 25.01.2007.
Rinalds Muciņš 25.03.2004. - 02.12.2004.
Ingrīda Circene 10.04.2003. - 09.03.2004.
Āris Auders 07.11.2002. - 10.04.2003.