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Sustainable farming and food systems contribute to fighting AMR


A recent conference in London, ’Antibiotics and Farming: Prescriptions for Change’ organised by the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics and Medact, explored the link between farming practices and drug-resistant infections in humans and animals. The event was timely in light of the ongoing discussions about new EU legislation on Veterinary Medicinal Products and the so-called Animal Health law. By Sascha Marschang, Policy Manager for Health Systems, EPHA A recent conference in (...)
03/05/2016

The vital role of health professionals in curbing drug-resistant infections


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 (...)
06/04/2016

European Parliament votes on the use of antibiotics for farm animals


Recent European Parliament votes on Veterinary Medicinal Products and Medicated Feed, and the adoption of the Animal Health Law are vital steps in tackling the spread of drug-resistant infections (antimicrobial resistance, AMR). Calls from public health experts to limit the prophylactic use of antimicrobials in farm animals have been a longstanding issue given that the majority of antibiotics are given to livestock. By Sascha Marschang, Policy Manager for Health Systems, EPHA. Votes on (...)
06/04/2016

[EVENT REPORT] Pharma Pollution: An ignored cause of Antimicrobial Resistance


As the European Commission undertakes its evaluation of the expiring Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), the joint EPHA - Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWH) event of 10 December called for a much stronger consideration of the environmental dimension of AMR. A detailed event report is now available. The event was hosted by MEPs Martin Häusling (Greens, Germany) and Jasenko Selimovic (ALDE, SWE). Both MEPs underlined the need for urgent action, with MEP Selimovic concluding (...)
02/03/2016

New MSF report condemns EU migration policies’ consequences for health


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, (...)
02/03/2016

European Health and Agriculture Ministers call for EU action on Antimicrobial Resistance


On 10 February 2016, European Ministers of Health and Agriculture were invited by the Netherlands Presidency of the EU Council to a Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Amsterdam. The Ministers discussed the scale and urgency of the crisis facing health systems around the world. For the fight against AMR to be successful, the most important element is coordinated international action, not least at the EU level. Dutch Minister of Agriculture Martijn van Dam made it (...)
02/03/2016

Call for review of National Strategy for Roma Inclusion prioritising health


There are a number of important reasons why, four years following its approval, the implementation of the National Roma Inclusion Strategy 2011-2020 has come to a near-standstill in Romania. Yet the European Commission assessment of the Strategy presents its campaigns, as well as the shrinking health mediator programme, as achievements. The article reveals that the responsible ministries have not organised systemic actions or created the necessary institutional bodies for implementing and (...)
01/02/2016

[EVENT REPORT] Exploring The Migration-Development Nexus: Global Health Aspects Of The Implementation Of The WHO Code Of Practice


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 (...)
01/02/2016

Key challenges for eHealth


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 (...)
01/02/2016

Tackling AMR: Everybody’s got a role to play, but pharma must do more


Representatives of the pharmaceutical industry have responded to letters sent by EPHA and partners urging the industry to make their global supply chains transparent and adopt environmentally responsible management practices. While a number of initiatives are being supported by industry, the problem remains that these are non-binding and fragmented. As manufacturers and suppliers, and nodes in a multi-billion industry, pharma companies must do more and push for mandatory standards and (...)
28/12/2015