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mHealth - an essential component towards integrated care


More integrated prevention and care models have long been recognised as important elements in moving towards better quality and sustainability in healthcare, in particular in view of the rising burden of non-communicable diseases and demographic change, and the complexities of multiple morbidities that this brings. By Sascha Marschang, EPHA Policy Manager for Health Systems and Milena Richter, Senior Director European Public Affairs, Sanofi. While healthcare systems move towards (...)
01/09/2014

[EPHA response] mHealth Green Paper consultation


22 July 2014 - Following in-depth discussions with members, EPHA responded to the European Commission’s public consultation on its Green Paper on mobile health (mHealth) in early July. In its response, EPHA emphasises that mHealth development should not only be seen as a way to gain cost efficiencies, but that relevant solutions - including smartphone applications - must first and foremost aim to bring concrete benefits for different types of end users including patients and health (...)
25/07/2014

[Water is a Human Right!] The European Commission Must Declare and Implement the Human Right to Water Now!


Brussels, 17 February - The first ever European Citizens Initiative (ECI) met Maroš Šefčovič and the European Commission services to discuss implementation of the demands of the ECI Right2water campagin in European legislation after having received 1,680,172 supportive signatures. As 13 countries had collected the minimum number of necessary signatures, the representatives of the Citizens’ Committee demanded that the European Commission recognise and implement the (...)
18/02/2014

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

EU Council adopts the first ever Recommendation on sport, notably on promoting health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA)


On 26 November of 2013 the Council adopted the first ever Council Recommendation in sport, notably on promoting health-enhancing physical activity across sectors (HEPA). It also adopted Council conclusions on the ‘Contribution of sport to the EU economy, and in particular to addressing youth unemployment and social inclusion’. The Council also held a policy debate on ‘Good governance in sport’. The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council met in Brussels on 25 (...)
10/12/2013

[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

[European Roma Information Office (ERIO) Seminar] Roma Integration: the Role of Local Authorities


The European Roma Information Office (ERIO) organised a seminar on 24 October that highlighted the important role that local authorities play in putting into action Roma integration measures given they are dealing with real people in dynamic and diverse communities. As a way to improve the integration of the 10-12 million Roma across Europe, in 2011 the European Commission adopted an EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020. This resulted in Member State (...)
07/11/2013

[Joint Statement] Revisiting the Tallinn Charter: Health strengthening requires continuous investment in quality health services and health workforce


17 October 2013, Brussels - In the context of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) high-level meeting ‘Health systems for health and wealth in the context of Health 2020: Follow-up to the 2008 Tallinn Charter’ on 17-18 October 2013, EPHA has released a statement in collaboration with Medicus Mundi International and Health Workers 4all urging for continuous investment in quality health services and health workforce to achieve health strengthening. The original Tallinn (...)
17/10/2013

[HEAL report] In Poland, health cost associated with air pollution from coal power generation accounts to 3-8.2 bn euro every year


Burning coal in power plants in Poland results in health costs of PLN 12.5 to 34.4 billion (€3 to 8.2 billion) every year, according to a study presented in Warsaw today by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), a non-profit alliance of organisations from the health and medical sector. The new study links air pollution from power plants burning coal and lignite with chronic illness and premature deaths in Poland. Health groups warn that the use of coal is harmful and (...)
03/06/2013