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[EPHA Report] The sixty-seventh World Health Assembly (WHA)


From 19 to 24 May 2014, the Sixty-seventh session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in Geneva. The WHA is the supreme decision-making body of World Health Organization (WHO). It determines the policies of the WHO, appoints its Director-General, supervises the organisation’s financial policies, and reviews and approves the proposed programme budget. The WHA is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the (...)
06/06/2014

Fifth European Scientific Working group on Influenza (ESWI) Influenza Conference in Riga, Latvia (14 -17 September)


The European Scientific Working group on Influenza (ESWI) invites you to join other scientists and public health officials at the Fifth ESWI Influenza Conference in Riga, Latvia, on 14 -17 September 2014. The aim of the conference is to discuss the most recent advances in influenza research, control, prevention and treatment, while a tailor-made programme for public health officials will cover the entire spectrum of influenza policy making. Announcement REGISTER for the Fifth ESWI (...)
13/01/2014

European Immunization Week 2013: Prevent - Protect - Immunize


As the European Immunization Week unfolds (22-27 April 2013), it is worth to re-emphasise immunization as a cost-effective public health preventive measure. It is particularly true in times of economic crisis and public spending cuts affecting essential health services needed to prevent the re-emergence of communicable diseases in Europe (and elsewhere). On an annual basis, for one week in April, all countries across the European Region unite under the European Immunization Week’s (...)
24/04/2013

[Save the Date] Third Flu Summit of the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESI)


The third annual Flu Summit organised by EPHA member the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza will take place on 2 May 2013 in Brussels. It will be an opportunity to learn about and discuss with experts issues such as pandemic preparedness, new influenza target groups, and vaccination strategies. This year’s edition focuses on new developments and challenges in the influenza field, with special attention for discussions on safety and effectiveness of influenza vaccines. (...)
30/03/2013

Health improves unequally within and among European countries


Every three years the World Health Organisation (WHO) publishes its report on European Health. This year its report has a special focus on well-being. "The European Health Report 2012: Charting the Way to Well-Being", released by the WHO Regional Office for Europe on March 13, reveals some bitter-sweet data: even if there have been important health improvements in the European Region, the inequities across and within the countries are persistent. According to the WHO Regional Director for (...)
19/03/2013

Preventing global non-communicable diseases through low carbon development


Both non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and climate change are enormous threats to global health - synergies attempting to tackle these major health threats have received limited attention to date. The increasing burden of NCDs poses an enormous threat to populations and health systems across the globe. At the same time, the impacts of climate change are predicted to have profound public health effects and there is an urgent need for transition to low-carbon economies. Although important (...)
12/02/2013

Council of the EU discusses Serious Cross-Border Threats to Health


The Council of the EU configuration for Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumers (EPSCO) met on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December 2012. During its deliberations, it discussed the European Commission’s proposal for a Decision on serious cross-border threats to health, which is currently awaiting adoption by the full plenary of the European Parliament. The Commission proposal seeks to extend the mandate of the Early Warning and Response System (EWRS) to cover all serious (...)
11/12/2012

EPHA position on General Data Protection Regulation


EPHA’s position on the General Data Protection Regulation highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the existing proposal from the perspective of the health community and lays out the key provisions in protecting patient safety, individual rights and public health. The European Commission (EC) is currently reviewing its existing legal framework on data protection to ensure that the rules are fit for dealing with increasingly complex and sophisticated developments in technology and (...)
16/11/2012

EPHA public statement ahead of Commissioner-designate Borg hearing at the European Parliament


In light of the concerns expressed by several civil society organisations over the designation of Malta’s Dr Tonio Borg for the Health and Consumer (DG SANCO) portfolio, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) would like to raise questions regarding Dr Borg’s political record. EPHA also expresses its confidence in the European Parliament to fulfil its duty of democratic scrutiny in the hearing with Dr Borg on 13 November, and calls on the European Commission to, regardless of (...)
12/11/2012

European Parliament Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee adopts report on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) report


The European Parliament’s ENVI Committee voted on Tuesday 6 November to adopt an own initiative report on the microbial challenge. . The draft report was written by Anna Rosbach MEP (ECR, Denmark) and received recommendations last month in an opinion from the Agriculture Committee. Adopted by 62 votes to 0, the final draft of the ENVI report makes amendments in several areas including: An emphasis on the ’One Health’ principle of treating health as part of a larger (...)
06/11/2012