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Public Health priorities of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union


The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union outlined its priorities and main events in the field of public health to the Working Party on Public Health. Despite not managing a legislative dossier for which the group would be competent, developments in the pipeline are relevant for civil society engagement. Inspired by the Third Union Programme for Action in the field of health (2014-2020), EU Health Strategy, World Health Organization reports, reflection processes on (...)
08/08/2014

[Joint press statement] Newly elected European Parliament to stand strong and ambitious on women’s health and rights


28 May 2014, Brussels - The health of women has a direct bearing on the health of future generations, families, communities and ultimately, [the health of societies. >http://orwh.od.nih.gov/resources/po... ] On the occasion of the International Day of Action for Women’s Health (1), European public health, health promotion and disease prevention, health professionals and women issues non-governmental organisations are calling for the newly elected European Parliament (EP), its (...)
28/05/2014

European Gender Medicine Project kicks off in Brussels


In a one day, launch conference, the European Gender Medicine Project (EUGenMed) partners met with ninety experts and key stakeholders to assess the role of gender medicine (GM) in Europe. The launch conference marked the first of a series of project meetings under the DG Research and Innovation-funded Framework Seven Programme (FP7) project to be held in 2014 and 2015 that will culminate in the development of a roadmap for the further implementation of sex and gender (S&G) in (...)
22/04/2014

[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

[Save the date] Impact of the Crisis on Children’s and Women’s Health


Please register before 15/11/2013 with eleonore.ward@medecinsdumonde.net. If you don’t have access to the European Parliament (EP), please send us your name, date of birth, nationality and passport or ID number. Organisators: Doctors of the World / Médecins du monde (MdM) Look at the MdM report: Access to healthcare in Europe in times of crisis and rising xenophobia EuroChild Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) Invitation flyer (...)
21/10/2013

European Commission’s Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion - the Child Poverty dimension


On 20 February, the European Commission presented a Communication on its Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion. The initiative aims to help member states use their social budgets more efficiently and effectively by promoting best practices and providing guidance on social investment. Social investment involves strengthening people’s current and future capacities. In particular, social investment helps ’prepare’ people to confront life’s risks, rather (...)
20/02/2013

Women and Cardiovascular Disease in the EU


14 February - Valentine’s Day is a good opportunity to think about women’s hearts. On its latest policy briefing, the European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) highlighted the key differences between women and men in matters of the heart - such as risk factors, symptoms, treatment and biomedical research. Traditionally regarded as a male disease, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer of women worldwide. It is also a major cause of serious illness and (...)
14/02/2013

EPHA public statement on the European Parliament’s nomination of Dr Borg as new European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy


Brussels, November 22 - The European Parliament yesterday confirmed Malta’s Dr Tonio Borg as the new European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. During last week’s hearing at the European Parliament (1), Dr Borg committed to abide by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (2), to proactively combat discrimination, and to fully respect the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community. Dr Borg also pledged to support the (...)
22/11/2012

EPHA Secretary General’s article on Commissioner-designate Borg


Last Tuesday in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) questioned Maltese Tonio Borg on his nomination to take up the Commission Health and Consumer Protection portfolio. As it became evident in the three hour public hearing, MEPs were interested in his views on non-discrimination, sexual reproductive health and rights, and fundamental rights. The main concerns voiced by MEPs were the delays to tobacco legislation and assurances on his views on women’s rights and (...)
15/11/2012