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[EPHA visit to Romania] Pressing need to take Roma integration seriously


EPHA participated in a country visit to Romania, as part of a ’Together for better health, for us, by us’ delegation to discuss with key Romanian stakeholders (including civil society representatives) burning questions on Roma integration. A field visit to the Romanian villages ’Araci/Árapatak’ and ’Hetea/Hete’ reinforced evidence that the Roma population is found at the very bottom of the socio-economic spectrum. Roma in Romania and Europe suffer worse (...)
20/06/2014

[Press Release of the EU Alliance for Investing in Children] Will Europe 2020 deliver for children?


17 June 2014, Brussels - Press Release of the EU Alliance for Investing in Children (1) ahead of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) 19-20 June 2014 and in view of their expected approval of the Country-Specific Recommendations, as a reaction to the 2014 National Reform Programmes. Europe is at a crossroads. The mid-term review of Europe 2020 offers an opportunity to re-focus hearts and minds on what matters most for Europe’s political, social (...)
17/06/2014

38 leading organisations urge European Council to protect migrant children’s rights


Joint open letter to the European Council calling for European commitments on children’s rights to be prioritised in future common migration and asylum policies Dear President Van Rompuy Brussels, 22 May 2014 - In view of the upcoming June European Council, where strategic guidelines will be adopted outlining future EU Home Affairs policies, we, the undersigned organisations, children’s ombudspersons of Europe and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child , are (...)
23/05/2014

Save the Children EU office event and report on Child Poverty and Social Exclusion in the EU


During the financial crisis, the number of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion in Europe went up by almost 1 million, with an increase of around half a million in just one year between 2011 and 2012, reaching a dramatic high of 27 million. Even in Europe’s richest countries, in Scandinavia, children’s rights are not always respected – as shown in Save the Children’s new European report, ’CHILD POVERTY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION – A matter of (...)
22/05/2014

Roma Health Matters - Dialogue with Civil Society on Roma Integration


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) dedicated its 12 May public hearing to the issue of Roma Health and discrimination, to which EPHA, other civil society organisations and European institutions were invited . By presenting the evidence-based EPHA Position on Roma Health, EPHA highlighted the key role Roma Health Mediators (RHM) could play to promote meaningful Roma integration. Background information - ongoing EESC dialogue with the European civil society The Employment, (...)
12/05/2014

[ToyBox project report] Obesity prevention in children in pre-school years: policies and evidence


On 30 April 2014, the World Obesity Federation (formerly the International Association for the Study of Obesity) published its report "Obesity prevention in children in pre-school years: Policies and evidence". The report rounds off with the EU-funded ToyBox project and a high-level workshop on the future of the research in the field of childhood obesity organised on 11 April, in which EPHA took part. On 30 April 2014, the World Obesity Federation (formerly the International Association (...)
06/05/2014

WHO Europe Guidance for addressing inequities in health


While population health indicators have improved across Europe overall, this improvement has not been experienced equally everywhere, or by all. In this one of a series of policy briefs, World Health Organization (WHO) Europe presents practical actions to address health inequities, especially in relation to tobacco, alcohol, obesity and injury - the public health challenges facing Europe. With these policy briefs, policy-makers and public health professionals are equipped with the tools (...)
24/04/2014

Granada Declaration on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health and Healthcare in the context of current economic crisis


Between 9-12 April 2014, the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) organised its 5th European Conference on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health in Granada (Spain) thanks to the Andalusian School of Public Health. The conference was specifically focused on the implications of the current systemic crisis in Europe on health and healthcare for this population group. Aimed to encourage policy change, the conference concluded with a Declaration calling on European governments to protect the (...)
16/04/2014

[EPHA analysis] Roma Summit 2014 and International Romani Day


This time, the third European Roma Summit held on 4th April marked the International Romani Day (8th April), which gathered not only high level speakers from all over Europe from different European Institutions and Member States but also provided a forum for the European Commission to publish its assessment on the 2013 National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS) presented by the 28 EU Member States. Is it a moment of celebration of further actions? What has the European Public Health (...)
08/04/2014

[Joint press release] Enough is enough: Time to break the circle of Roma health exclusion across Europe


Brussels, 4 April 2014 - The need for better policies and funding for Roma inclusion, with an emphasis on local integration in Eastern Europe, is the focus of the Third Roma Summit (1) – a landmark event organised today by the European Commission in Brussels. After decades of revisiting the same issue, it is high time that the EU and its Member States got serious in tackling the factors that trap Roma populations in a cycle of ill-health and socio-economic marginalisation. With an (...)
04/04/2014