Exchanging experiences to reduce avoidable health inequalities and preventable respiratory diseases were the focus of this year’s European Respiratory Society’s Summit "Bridging the Health Divide in Europe".
The European Respiratory Society (ERS) hosted a Summit on health inequalities and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Tallinn in Estonia on June 8th and 9th 2012 to build on the goals set out in the Tallinn Charter: Health Systems for Health and Wealth; address health inequalities in Non-communicable diseases (NCDs); provide input into the WHO Health 2020 policy, being drafted in 2012; and EU policy.
The Summit kicked off the implementation of the objectives of the first ever European Respiratory Roadmap and produced a report focusing on disease specific concerns and preventable diseases commonly associated with health inequalities such as tobacco, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis and chronic non–communicable respiratory diseases.
The summit gathered civil society, scientists, researchers, WHO, governments, the European Commission and other stakeholders to look at whole-of-society ways to tackle the health divide in Europe.
Seizing the opportunity, EPHA representative brought over main outcomes of EPHA Annual Conference on the impact of the economic crisis on health systems, calling for greater prioritisation of the impact on the vulnerable, making a case of economic and societal costs that these bring, and going beyond the traditional health and institutional stakeholders.
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