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Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe


As a comprehensive approach to the achievement of good health and well-being, tackling health inequalities early and giving every child the best start to life, we welcome the proposed European Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2015-2020. We call on European Ministers of Health to endorse the proposed framework and to give priority to its implementation. Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, Copenhagen, 15-18 (...)
02/09/2014

Bolstering Health Literacy to cut down maternal and infant health inequalities


2 September 2014 - At the end of 2012, 6.6% of EU27 population was born outside the European Union. New and undocumented migrants are more likely to come from lower socio-economic backgrounds if not being pushed into poverty and social exclusion by the migration factor alone. The associated burden of disease, injuries and disability has been well documented and constitutes a firm evidence-base for action at international, European, national and local levels. A private-public pilot project (...)
02/09/2014

mHealth - an essential component towards integrated care


More integrated prevention and care models have long been recognised as important elements in moving towards better quality and sustainability in healthcare, in particular in view of the rising burden of non-communicable diseases and demographic change, and the complexities of multiple morbidities that this brings. By Sascha Marschang, EPHA Policy Manager for Health Systems and Milena Richter, Senior Director European Public Affairs, Sanofi. While healthcare systems move towards (...)
01/09/2014

[Media advisory] EPHA 5th Annual Conference (4-5 September)


Brussels, 27 August – Coinciding with the start of business of the new European Parliament and Commission as well as the review of the EU’s long-term objectives (Europe 2020), EPHA’s 2014 annual conference aims to contribute to the European health agenda. The conference will gather high level speakers such as the European Health Commissioner, MEPs and former Ministers of Health to engage in a constructive debate on the priorities of the EU for the next five years. (...)
27/08/2014

[EPHA Response] EC Communication on effective, accessible and resilient health systems


EPHA welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to improve health systems and encourages it to take into account EPHA recommendations on health systems: strengthening effectiveness, increasing accessibility and improving resilience. [EPHA’s recommendations on health systems:] Health indicators on access to healthcare, or health system performance, should be included in the Social Dimension of the European Monetary Union (EMU), as it will be equally important to determine (...)
21/08/2014

Specific food taxes do reduce consumption, new EU report reveals


In the framework of the activities of the High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain, DG Enterprise and Industry commissioned a study on ’Food taxes and their impact on competitiveness in the agri-food sector’. The study concluded that "Non-harmonised taxes on high sugar, salt and fat products such as soft drinks, sweet and salty foodstuffs do induce a reduction in the consumption of the taxed products, but the exact impact on the competitiveness of the European (...)
08/08/2014

[EPHA response] mHealth Green Paper consultation


22 July 2014 - Following in-depth discussions with members, EPHA responded to the European Commission’s public consultation on its Green Paper on mobile health (mHealth) in early July. In its response, EPHA emphasises that mHealth development should not only be seen as a way to gain cost efficiencies, but that relevant solutions - including smartphone applications - must first and foremost aim to bring concrete benefits for different types of end users including patients and health (...)
25/07/2014

Strong Health Workforces and Sustainable Health Systems - HW4All


As a fundamental pillar of the social and welfare model that defines and strengthens European identity, a solid health workforce is a public resource that must be secured at the local, national and global levels. Therefore EPHA supports the HW4All initiative with its goal of reinforcing the ethical guidelines outlined in the 2010 WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. Recent developments On 15 and 16 July, EPHA attended separate meetings with (...)
23/07/2014

[EPHA Analysis] Health in the 2014 Country Specific Recommendations


17 July 2014 - On 2 June the European Commission published the 2014 round of Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs). This year, 15 member states have received recommendations related to health. Below, EPHA provides a preliminary analysis of these recommendations, ahead of discussion at the 2014 EPHA Annual Conference on 4 and 5 September. On 2 June 2014, the European Commission published its annual series of Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs). CSRs are issued for each member (...)
17/07/2014

EPHA signs up to joint-statement on Conflict of Interest - UN General Assembly review on non-communicable disease (NCDs) review


As UN General Assembly renewed commitments to tackle non-communicable disease (NCDs) at its meeting in New York on 10 and 11 July, more than 160 international non-profit public interest groups and experts (including EPHA) submitted a joint statement calling for public health legal safeguards. The statement related to commercial trade agreements safeguards and protections against conflicts of interest in the policy development and agenda-setting of government organisations, especially (...)
16/07/2014