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Intercultural mediator on Roma communities – the birth of a new profession?


Over the last 10 years, and in the course of several Roma integration programmes, a new function or rather a professional role has emerged: the Roma mediator - a professional involved in various fields (in particular the areas of Roma integration, education, health care, employment, and residence). In this article, Éva Deák, from the Partners Hungary Foundation, provides an overview on the link between social groups, different cultures, and about results and successes in understanding and (...)
24/11/2013

[OECD Health at a glance 2013] Major brake in health spending growth as governments cut budgets in the crisis


The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published the 7th edition of ’Health at Glance’, which provides the latest comparable data on health systems across all 34 OECD countries. Total health spending has fallen in one of three OECD countries between 2009 and 2011, with those hardest hit by the crisis most affected This seventh edition of ’Health at a Glance’ provides evidence of large variations across countries in the costs, activities and (...)
20/11/2013

[European Parliament Plenary - November 2013] Final vote on the Common Agricultural Policy legislative proposals


At this week’s plenary meeting in Strasbourg (18-21 November 2013), the European Parliament (EP) voted on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) legislative proposals. Four reports - on Direct Payments, Single Common Market Organisation (CMO), Horizontal Measures, and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development - presented a set of demands from democratically elected representatives of EU citizens on the CAP and its direction to steer what food; where and how is to be produced; (...)
20/11/2013

[EPHA Open Letter] WHO World No Tobacco Day 2013 Award for Hungary & Criminalisation of Homelessness in Hungary


Congratulations for the WHO World No Tobacco Day 2013 Award for Hungary and serious public health concerns about the Hungarian legislation regarding penalising street homelessness [English version] - Open letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor ORBÁN [Hungarian version] - Nyílt level ORBÁN Viktor, Magyarország Miniszterelnöke számára Dear Prime Minister, Firstly, I am writing to you to congratulate you for receiving the World No Tobacco Day 2013 award from the UN World Health (...)
12/11/2013

[OECD report launch] How’s Life in 2013?: Human cost of crisis calls for investment in well-being


Stemming from the Better Life Initiative, a newly-launched OECD report How’s Life? shows the economic crisis’ impact on people’s well-being, affecting not only their jobs and incomes but also, more importantly, their life satisfaction, housing conditions, trust in governments and working environments. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s report finds that these indicators declined the most in countries most affected by the crisis, and (...)
05/11/2013

A Roma perspective of EPHA 4th Annual conference


EPHA 4th Annual Conference on 4 & 5 September 2013 “Our health, our economy, our society, our future: a Brave New World” paid particular attention to the Roma perspective of breaking the cycle of inequalities. Epha would like to thank the Open Society Foundations - Roma Health Project to make possible for Roma health advocates from Central and Eastern Europe to participate in the event. After the event they, together with other Roma participants, shared their views about (...)
25/10/2013

[Press release] European Parliament sputters and stalls on women’s rights


24 October, Brussels – On Tuesday, the plenary sitting of the European Parliament saw a heated debate around the draft report on the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) (1) put forward by the rapporteur Edite Estrela MEP (PT, S&D) from the Women and Gender Equity Committee (FEMM). Much supported by the committee itself, the text supports the advancement of SRHR in Europe and globally, which would help tackle health inequalities, increase gender equality and social (...)
24/10/2013

IPPF-EN calls for support to EP report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights


The International Planned Parenthood Federation - European Network (IPPF-EN) - EPHA member organisation - calls for help to advance sexual reproductive health and rights in Europe. On Tuesday, October 22nd, the European Parliament has a unique opportunity to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights not only in Europe but also in global perspective. The MEPs will vote on a report on sexual and reproductive health and rights: the ‘Estrela report’. Read and share the (...)
22/10/2013

[EPHA Position Paper] Sustainable Food Systems


October 16 - On the United Nations’ World Food Day 2013 themed "Healthy People depend on Healthy Food Systems", and after contributing to the European Commission’s consultation on a Sustainable Food Systems, EPHA launch a position paper on the issue to add to an ongoing debate between Civil Society, policy-makers and other stakeholders. What we eat and how our food is produced and consumed is important for our health - health is a prerequisite for economic growth and inclusive (...)
16/10/2013

[Joint press release] Civil society urges decision-makers to step up action to tackle health inequalities


17 September, 2013 (Brussels) – On the occasion of two major recent reports reviewing trends and progress on health inequalities in Europe -by the European Commission (1) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe (2)-, EPHA and its partners (3) call - yet again - for urgent and concerted action among all relevant actors to close the huge, persistent and growing health divide between the richest and the poorest in our societies. Despite this issue being high on political agendas for the (...)
17/09/2013