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European Commission launches new action plan to fight HIV/AIDS


On March 14th, 2014 the European Commission (EC) presented the new Action Plan (AP) on HIV/AIDS in EU and neighboring countries for 2014-2016, which builds on the achievements of the previous Action Plan 2009-2013. The EC highlights the importance of keeping HIV/AIDS high on the political agenda and focus on HIV prevention and awareness-raising to tackle risk behaviour, as well as early and affordable treatment and care. At EPHA we consider that the inclusion of affordable treatment in (...)
31/03/2014

[EPHA answer] Public consultation on patient safety and quality of care


In December 2013, the European Commission launched a public consultation on patient safety and quality of care in the EU, which ran until the end of February 2014. As Europe’s leading NGO advocating for better health, EPHA contributed to this consultation and provided the Commission with the online questionnaire and a letter. The consultation was aimed at seeking the opinion of civil society on: Whether patient safety measures included in the Recommendation 2009 have been (...)
27/03/2014

EPHA involved in review and mapping of continuous professional development and lifelong learning for health professionals in the EU


The Commission’s Action Plan for the EU health workforce addresses continuous professional development to safeguard patient safety within the context of cross-border mobility of health professionals and patients in the EU. On 10 October 2013, a consortium led by the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) and also consisting of the Council of European Dentists (CED), the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN), the European Midwives Association (EMA), the European (...)
27/03/2014

Cancer registries: a model to be replicated or used for other chronic diseases?


The European Parliament organised a workshop ’Towards a European Cancer Information System’ on 12 February 2014 which looked at the state of play of cancer registries in Europe. EPHA took part in the debate and put forward a question on the potential use of cancer registries for other chronic diseases. A disease registry is a computer application ‘‘used to capture, manage, and provide information on specific conditions to support the organised care management of (...)
04/03/2014

[Call for Applications] New Masters Programme (MSc) in Health Policy - Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest)


In September 2014, the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest will launch a new Masters Programme (MSc) in Health Policy, Planning and Financing with specialisation in Health Economics. Over two years, students will understand and analyse key issues and problems of future health systems faced bymiddle-income countries. The Masters Programme is based on three main components : basic courses, professional core material and specialisation in health economics. The latter provides (...)
19/02/2014

eHealth: Building trust = access for everybody + demonstrated value in reducing health inequalities


On 14 January, MEPs voted on a resolution in support of the eHealth Action Plan (eHAP) 2012-2020, with the aim of improving healthcare for the benefit of patients, giving them more control of their care and bringing down healthcare costs through ICT: innovative and user-friendly eHealth and mHealth tools. While the benefits of ICT have been widely reported, what about the link between eHealth and health inequalities? Vice-President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes (...)
23/01/2014

Health Inequalities: From ’dirty secret’ to central item on EU agenda


On 23 January, the ’Equity Action’ Final Conference was hosted by the European Commission, marking the end of the Joint Action on Health Inequalities and expressing hope and determination that this will the beginning of further coordinated action at all levels. EC Flash report: Health inequalities conference – Charlemagne conference centre 23 January 2014 Background Equity Action aims to reduce health inequalities by helping to improve policies at national and regional (...)
23/01/2014

European Commission report reveals unmet flu vaccination targets


A new European Commisssion report published in January 2014 uncovers that most EU countries are falling short of flu vaccination targets. Of 18 Member States that provided data on seasonal influenza vaccination, only one managed to reach the target for the older age priority group; moreover, data was scarce for other priority groups. A number of barriers identified in the report indicate the need for further reflection and discussion of seasonal flu vaccination involving all stakeholders (...)
22/01/2014

[European Council] Conclusions on Sustainable Health Systems - putting the spotlight on the health impacts of the crisis


On 10 December, Health Ministers unanimously adopted Council Conclusions on the Reflection Process on Modern, Responsive and Sustainable Health Systems, prepared by the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. In the Conclusions the Member States acknowledge the core role of health for the economic prosperity and stress the importance of the principles of solidarity, universal health care accessibility as well as the horizontal principle “health in all policies”. (...)
11/12/2013

[Second Conference of Partners in Innovation Partnership] Ageing means growth


The second Conference of Partners entitled ’Scaling up for healthy growth’ presented the progress that the European Innovation Partnership on Healthy and Active Ageing (EIP on AHA) has made over the last year in the EIP’s six action areas. It highlighted ageing-related innovation, both social and technological, as a crucial area for health investment. The conference was opened by European Commissioner for Health Policy, Tonio Borg who stressed the need for health system (...)
29/11/2013