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OECD & EPHA - Inclusive Growth only possible by challenging current growth model


On April 3, EPHA Secretary General participated in a high-level workshop on "Defining and Measuring Inclusive Growth" organised by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). With this initiative, the OECD wants to revise the way economic growth is approached– from purely pro-growth to inclusive growth – while seeking ways to improve the way policy is made and implemented. A key objective of the workshop was to develop a roadmap for policies for inclusive (...)
02/04/2013

[Save the date] FEANTSA Seminar - Housing Rights in Hungary


For the past few years, the Hungarian government has been systematically targeting homeless people (even criminalising them), while failing to ensure sufficient support services and appropriate accommodation. EPHA Member FEANTSA (the European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless) and Housing Rights Watch (HRW), along with partners in Hungary, will hold a seminar to bring allies together to consider legal and political strategies to combat this alarming trend in (...)
26/03/2013

No Place Called Home in Hungary for Homeless People


An unjustifiable persecution of homeless people is one of the outcomes of a controversial modification of the Hungarian Constitution earlier this month. The amendment allows municipalities to ban homeless people from public spaces which will not only create further legal and social conflicts, but will worsen the situation of thousands of homeless people in Hungary. © Photo source: A város mindenkié blog As EPHA recently reported, Hungary has been hit hard by the economic crisis. Among (...)
19/03/2013

[Save the date - Tues. 19 March] Water is a Human Right - European citizens initiative’s event


On the occasion of World Water Day, Water is a Human Right campaign organises a workshop on the Right to Water in Europe, on 19 March from 6PM till 8PM. The evenT will take place at the European Parliament (Brussels) - room A3H1. Water is a public good, not a commodity. Water is a Human Right campaign invites the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to water and sanitation as recognised by the United Nations, and promoting the provision of water and (...)
18/03/2013

[EPT] Fund for European Aid - European Fund - Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (updated on 18 March)


Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived The European Commission (DG Employment) has proposed to set up a European Aid Fund to help the most deprived persons in the EU. A successor to the Food Aid to the Most Deprived, this new Fund would support member state schemes not only by providing food aid to the most deprived people, but also clothing and other essential goods to homeless people and materially-deprived children (such as shoes, soap and shampoo). The proposal is yet to be (...)
18/03/2013

Addressing fuel poverty in deprived urban areas


A practical example from the United Kingdom on how to tackle several social determinants of health (e.g. housing and energy) and have climate change benefits: In the last 18 months, more than 1,600 houses in the poorest parts of Stockton-on-Tees (United Kingdom) have benefited from free energy efficiency measures to cut local carbon emissions and reduce fuel bills. As well as external cladding, many homes have also received new boilers, central heating systems and internal insulation (...)
18/03/2013

Ireland’s Presidency Health Priorities


Ireland, in collaboration with Lithuania and Greece (the countries that follow Ireland in taking up the Presidency of the Council of EU), has made a commitment to using its resources to prioritise solid progress on a number of key legislative dossiers in health. Dublin calls on EU Member States to work together, sharing ideas, information and best practices. The Irish Presidency Programme, whose cornerstone is to advance the legislative agenda, contains a series of health priorities as (...)
14/03/2013

[Save the date] International conference - Child Health Research: Key to a Healthier European Society


The RICHE and CHICOS projects, together with colleagues in TACTICS and EURO-PERISTAT, are hosting a joint meeting to celebrate European child health research, and launch their reports in Dublin in May, and you are invited! Join leading researchers and practitioners in child health, policy makers, advocates, and children, to help shape the future of child health research in Europe. Conference’s flyer Date: Thursday May 30th, and Friday May 31st 2013 Place: School of Nursing and (...)
12/03/2013

Links between Housing Situation, Noise Pollution & Adverse Health Effects


A recent pan-European study has reviewed the factors which influence how annoyed a person feels about road traffic and aircraft noise. Among its findings, residents in terraced housing or apartments were less annoyed by road traffic noise than residents in semi-detached or detached housing. People who are exposed to long-term noise may experience annoyance as well as health problems, including high blood pressure (hypertension). This study, conducted under the EU HYENA project [[HYENA (...)
11/03/2013

Breaking barriers - Roma students can become doctors!


Since 2010, the Roma Center for Health Policies – SASTIPEN has been implementing a Tutorship Programme to help Roma students in several European countries (like Romania, Macedonia, Serbia, and Bulgaria) who want to become doctors and whose social and financial support is limited. This Tutorship Programme offers preparatory courses for Roma students in biology, chemistry and/or physics. Roma students also receive mentoring and technical assistance to help them pass admission exams (...)
07/03/2013