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Closing the Gap in a Generation, 6-7 November 2008

The Secretary of State for Health for England, the Rt Hon MP Alan Johnson MP hosted a two-day conference in London based on the work of the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) that was initiated by the World Health Organization. Over 400 delegates from around the world, including ministers, leading policy makers, representatives of international organisations, business and civil society attended the conference in order to explore the recommendations of the report and (...)

7th Roundtable on Poverty and Social Exclusion, Marseille 15-16 October

EPHA was invited to participate in the 7th Roundtable on Poverty and Social Exclusion, held under the French Presidency in Marseille on 15 and 16 October. Despite a welcome inclusion of a health workshop, there were clear gaps in the outcomes and recommendations from the event. Background The 7th Round Table against poverty and social exclusion focussed on the issue of active inclusion in the light of the Commission recommendation and experiments undertaken by the French government in (...)
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CONCORD Issues Statement on Proposed Global Summit

Over the past few months, it has become increasingly apparent that the current financial crisis is set to become one of the most significant in global history. Appropriate action has been sought, and world leaders have agreed that reform of the financial system is required on a global scale. The G20 is set to meet in Washington DC on 15 November 2008 to try to come up with a set of measures to address the crisis. CONCORD, the European Confederation of Development NGOs, has issued a (...)

EU Audit Reveals Disparities in Quality of City Life

The results of an urban audit carried out by the European Commission have revealed great disparities in the quality of life in Europe’s cities. The audit, which covers more than 300 indicators affecting living conditions in 321 cities, will provide a significant resource for decision-making processes at regional. national and European level. Statistical information was gathered on variables across nine domains, many of which have implications for health inequalities (demographics, (...)

Rapid response to soaring food prices

The Parliament is currently in discussions before a vote on the regulation submitted by the Commission. It is hoped that this regulation might facilitate a quick response to soaring prices in developing countries. Background Soaring food prices have had alarming consequences for the world’s population and is now threatening food security, ironically, they are helping local farmers to maintain the sustainability of their crops. The Commission’s initiative According to some (...)

Health for all? A critical analysis of public health policies in eight European countries.

This study, carried out by Swedish scientists, compares the public health policies of eight European countries. Background of the study In 2003, the Swedish Parliament adopted a comprehensive public health policy that covered all the important health determinants, ranging from societal conditions to lifestyles. In order to compare the mechanism established there, and to make up for the lack of research into public health matters, a group of Swedish scientists decided to ask their European (...)

UNAIDS report shows a slowdown in the global HIV epidemic

A new report released by UNAIDS indicates that the HIV epidemic is slowing or stabilising in many regions. Yet women and young people remain at particular risk of HIV infection. The report calls on governments to improve status of women. Low knowledge about transmission and ways of prevention The UNAIDS ’2008 Report on the global AIDS Epidemic’ shows that although young people are waiting longer before becoming sexually active, many still do not have accurate information on (...)

Housing rights: Breakthrough ruling by the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe body responsible for monitoring the implementation of the European Social Charter, the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR), reached the decision that France is in violation of the Charter with regard to housing rights. The ECSR - the Council of Europe’s body responsible for the implementation of the European Social Charter - has ruled that France is not in conformity with Article 31 of the Charter on six grounds. These include the poor implementation of, (...)
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DG Sanco Director General lecture on the ethics of health policy

CHES, the Coalition for Health, Ethics and Society, held its annual lecture on Thursday the 5th of June 2008 on ’The Role of Ethics in Shaping Health Policy’ Chaired by the European Policy Centre. The talk was given by the for the European Commission, Robert Madelin. Mr Madelin gave an very clear and impressive talk on the issues facing the integration of Health policy with economic policy and the ethical implications. He started out by saying that health is a relatively young (...)

Public consultation on future of EU scheme "Food Distribution to the Most Deprived Persons"

The European Commission has launched a public Internet consultation on the EU scheme to distribute free food to people in need in the Community. The public is invited to give a feed-back on a number of key questions in relation with the EU programme to distribute free food to the most deprived persons in the Community through a call for contributions to a large internet-consultation. The consultation runs until 14 May. Since 1986, the European Commission made available some € 2.5 (...)