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About one third of hospital patients are prescribed antibiotics and up to 50% of their use is unnecessary or inappropriate. ECDC data clearly reveals the causal association between the indiscriminate use of antibiotics and the spread of drug-resistant infections, also known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Whilst some EU countries have made significant strides in control of drug-resistant infections, overuse and the spread of AMR urgently need to be addressed in others. As drug-resistant (...)
A new report released by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) stresses that the EU has “catastrophically failed” in its responsibility to respond to the urgent humanitarian and medical needs of refugees and migrants arriving at Europe’s borders. The continued focus on securing borders and deterrence, coupled with anti-immigration policies developed since the 1990s and ad hoc asylum systems in the Member States have contributed to the current reception crisis.
The MSF report, (...)
On 9 December 2015, EPHA and the Health Workers for All (HW4All) project organised an event on policy coherence for development, in the context of the implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. The event focused on the impacts of ’brain drain’ on countries of origin and discussed solutions for sustainability.
The event was was opened by Dilyana Slavova, President of the Agriculture, Rural Development and the (...)
Many people are already embracing the possibilities of eHealth but what is preventing eHealth from becoming a widespread reality? And what could be the potential solutions?
The eHealth revolution has been a slow burner for many years but the advent of mobile and wearable technologies (from mHealth to smart watches), Big Data and the Internet of Things provide an array of new possibilities for eHealth as vast amounts of health data can in theory be (self-)generated, transmitted, stored and (...)
The European Commission and the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH) have launched a public consultation on the preliminary opinion on the ‘Access to health services in the European Union’. EPHA facilitated a joint submission of EPHA Roma Health Fellows and pro-Roma NGOs in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovakia participating in the ’Together for Better Health’ consortium on the Roma relevant part of the preliminary opinion.
The European (...)
A new EPHA report examines the progress of the implementation of the 2011 Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare (2011/24/EU). Following the European Commission’s own first review of the operation of the Directive, EPHA’s report calls for actions to ensure that the Directive does not exacerbate health inequalities by only working in favour of well-to-do patients and Member States. Among other measures this will entail tailored and (...)
The European Commission has published today its proposal for a new EU Strategy on Trade. The proposed new Strategy, which should set out the EU approach to new international trade deals, including with Asia, falls short of providing safeguards to ensure that European national health services will be protected from threats to public funding or that quality will not be put at risk.
Public health campaigners including EPHA insist that trade agreements should not undermine either the quality (...)
According to the EU founding treaty, ensuring human health and promoting solidarity towards equitable and universal coverage of quality health services should be part of all EU policies. That health should be a priority for EU policies is also confirmed by the Europe 2020 Strategy, which states that a healthy population is essential for achieving growth for all in a smart, sustainable and inclusive EU economy. But what are the challenges of making health a priority at national level in the (...)
A CEPS lunchtime seminar held at the University of Maastricht’s Brussels campus shed light, from different angles, on the recently released European Agenda on Migration by critically examining some of its features, including the Commission’s plan to distribute asylum seekers across the EU Member States, the use of military power to combat people smugglers, and managing different types of migration. Overall, the Agenda’s narrow take on migration complicates achieving the (...)
In a joint letter ahead of the 19 June EPSCO Council debate on migrant health, EPHA, Medecins du Monde (link) and PICUM (link), addressed the Council to ask for action and policy commitment to universal access to healthcare and its paramount importance in addressing health inequalities.
The letter, signed by a group of umbrella networks and grassroots organisations from across the EU, drew attention to the fact that improvements in access to healthcare for asylum seekers, undocumented (...)