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[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 (...)

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 (...)

[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 (...)

[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 (...)

[WHO Europe Report] 2013 Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region: final report

At its sixty-third session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe’s meeting, the 2013 Review on Social Determinants and the Health Divide in the WHO European Region has been released. While applauding remarkable health gains and progressive improvements in the conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work, the report re-states a well-known fact - that inequities persist both between and within countries. Commissioned to support the development of the new European policy (...)

[Eurochild analysis] The 2013 National Reform Programmes: CHILDREN left behind

According to their analysis of the 2013 National Reform Programmes (NRPs), Eurochild concludes that EU Member States have failed to prioritise child poverty and well-being in their NRPs and have not put children at the heart of policy reforms. Based on the 2013 NRPs, the European Commission produced, earlier this year, the 2013 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) of which some touch upon the child and the Roma populations, as analysed by EPHA. The Europe 2020 strategy aims to boost (...)

[EU Commission report] Health inequalities in the EU. Gaps in life expectancy and infant mortality narrow; unequal progress and gradient prevalent

The 2013 European Commission’ Report on Health Inequalities in the European Union points to some positive developments in implementing the EU strategy on health inequalities, ’Solidarity in Health’ (2009), while concluding that more action is needed at local, national and EU levels. Overall life expectancy and infant mortality improved but health inequalities between social groups remain high and persistent with an additional current and future challenge due to the (...)

[Right to Water] European Citizens Initiative condemns mayor of Hungarian town of Ózd for cutting people off water

European and international media have widely reported the 2nd August decision of the city mayor Pál Fürjes of the Hungarian town Ózd to reduce water pressure or stop supplying altogether in 88 roadside pumps. This happening underlines the importance of the European Citizens Initiative Right to Water campaign and the demand that the European Commission takes further steps to guarantee people living in Europe safe and clean drinking water in accordance with UN obligations. (Hungarian (...)

The future of Europe’s Horticulture sector - strategies for growth

Following the European Parliament’s event on the Future of Europe’s Horticulture Sector and in light of an upcoming Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development own-initiative report on the subject, the role of the EU fruit and vegetables’ sector for public health and consumers’ considerations is to be enhanced. Malnutrition in all its forms – undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, alongside the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as (...)

EPHA joins call to policy-makers to further promote fruit and vegetables intake in the prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

EPHA has co-signed several letters calling European policy-makers to step up efforts towards an enhanced role of fruit and vegetables in the prevention of diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The initiative came out as a follow-up to meetings of the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity, and the WHO European Region conference on Nutrition and Non-communicable Diseases in the context of Health2020 at the (...)