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European Commission Communication on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - the health perspective

On 2 June 2014, the European Commission adopted a Communication to contribute to the EU position on international negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as the follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Following the UN definition, the SDGs are intended to reinforce the international community’s commitment to eradicating poverty and supporting sustainable development - challenges that affect the lives of current and future generations. When the leaders of (...)

Post-2015: The role of Global Health Research and Development (R&D) in the new development framework

This position paper, supported by 23 leading Global Health NGOs from both sides of the Atlantic, calls on both public and private stakeholders to ensure that R&D investment targets for poverty-related and neglected diseases (PRNDs) are guaranteed and strongly supported across the board. Research and innovation are critical components in the right to health for all While everybody recognises that health is an essential precondition for development, the research and innovation (...)

[Joint Statement] Civil Society Commitment on Health Workers

The third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (HRH) took place in Recife, Brazil on 10-13 November. A number of prominent civil society organisations including EPHA and its member organisation Wemos have signed a Joint Statement, ’’No Progress towards Universal Health without Health Workers’’ as a commitment to improve accountability for tackling the global HRH crisis. The health workforce crisis remains a core barrier to achieving the Millennium Development (...)

Breaking barriers - Roma students can become doctors!

Since 2010, the Roma Center for Health Policies – SASTIPEN has been implementing a Tutorship Programme to help Roma students in several European countries (like Romania, Macedonia, Serbia, and Bulgaria) who want to become doctors and whose social and financial support is limited. This Tutorship Programme offers preparatory courses for Roma students in biology, chemistry and/or physics. Roma students also receive mentoring and technical assistance to help them pass admission exams (...)

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 (...)

UN Human Rights Guidance for reduction of preventable maternal morbidity and mortality

At their 21st session, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council adopted a report aimed to help policymakers improve women’s health and rights by providing guidance on implementing policies and programmes. The Report encourages UN Members to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in accordance with human rights standards. At their 21st session, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council adopted a report aimed to help policymakers improve women’s health and rights by (...)

Saving Lives and Creating Impact: EU Investment in Poverty-Related and Neglected Diseases

‘Saving Lives and Creating Impact: EU Investment in poverty-related and neglected diseases’ is a new study by the Independent Research Group, Policy Cures, that argues that European funding for poverty related and neglected diseases will have a direct benefit on both developing countries and on Europe. The benefits are excellence in science, jobs, and health security. The study was commissioned by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung, a German foundation. Poverty-related and (...)

Danish Presidency proposes final compromise on FTT

A final compromise text was proposed for discussion in the last Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) Council meeting before the end of the Danish Presidency. This follows the Parliament’s call for the introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT)


WHO releases the World health statistics 2012 report

What is the World Health Statistics report? The World Health Statistics report, published every year, contains a WHO’s annual compilation of data from 194 countries on a range of mortality, disease and health system indicators as well as risk factors and behaviours that affect health directly. The report also includes a progress summary on health-related Millennium Development Goals and targets. This year’s report provides evidence of the dramatic increase in the conditions (...)

Press Release: Action for Global Health welcomes European Commission proposal for an EU financial transaction tax, but insists part of the revenue must go towards development and health

On Wednesday 28 September, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced the adoption of an EC proposal to implement a financial transaction tax (FTT) in all 27 members of the European Union. The announcement follows the Commission’s earlier backing on an EU level FTT in its proposal for the bloc’s next multi-annual financial framework (MFF) on 30 June 2011. “The movement for an FTT is really gaining momentum. We’re living in uncertain economic (...)