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New European pilot project promotes better health for those in isolated and vulnerable situations


The new ’VulnerABLE’ Project aims to increase our understanding of how best to improve the health of people who are living in vulnerable and isolated situations in the European Union. It began in early 2016 and will continue for two years, with EPHA as a collaborating partner. By Sascha Marschang, Policy Manager for Health Systems, EPHA The new ’VulnerABLE’ Project aims to increase our understanding of how best to improve the health of people who are living in (...)
03/05/2016

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

[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

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

Final ENS4Care guidelines presented to policymakers


Partners of the ENS4Care project presented the final guidelines for the deployment of eHealth by nurses and social workers to policymakers on 8 December 2015 in the context of the European Innovation Summit,. The acceptance of eHealth by health and social care professionals is fundamental in order for it to be taken up successfully across Europe. The project - ENS4Care Over the last two years, the partners of the ENS4Care project, which also includes EPHA, have developed eHealth (...)
28/12/2015

Cross-border Healthcare report reveals implementation gaps, uncovers lacking knowledge of patient rights


A new EPHA report examines the progress of the implementation of the 2011 Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare (2011/24/EU). Following the European Commission’s own first review of the operation of the Directive, EPHA’s report calls for actions to ensure that the Directive does not exacerbate health inequalities by only working in favour of well-to-do patients and Member States. Among other measures this will entail tailored and (...)
29/10/2015