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EPHA has prepared a briefing which explores the different human rights instruments (1), examines human rights in Europe (2) their relation to the right to health (3), gives an overview about fundamental rights in Europe (4) and presents the current situation as regards equal treatment legislation in Europe (5).
Human Rights Instruments
Human rights are rights that are recognised and guaranteed by a number of international legal instruments. Human rights create minimum standards , but (...)
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
Equity Action aims to reduce health inequalities by helping to improve policies at national and regional (...)
At its 9-10 December meeting, the Council of the European Union adopted unanimously the Council recommendations on effective Roma integration measures in the member states. They focus on the main vulnerability factors of Roma such as poor health, poor housing, poor nutrition, exclusion, discrimination, racism and violence. It’s of EPHA’s view that Roma Health Mediators can play an important role in its implementation. Now, it is up to EU Member States to translate the rhetoric (...)
Over the last 10 years, and in the course of several Roma integration programmes, a new function or rather a professional role has emerged: the Roma mediator - a professional involved in various fields (in particular the areas of Roma integration, education, health care, employment, and residence). In this article, Éva Deák, from the Partners Hungary Foundation, provides an overview on the link between social groups, different cultures, and about results and successes in understanding and (...)
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 (...)
EPHA 4th Annual Conference on 4 & 5 September 2013 “Our health, our economy, our society, our future: a Brave New World” paid particular attention to the Roma perspective of breaking the cycle of inequalities. Epha would like to thank the Open Society Foundations - Roma Health Project to make possible for Roma health advocates from Central and Eastern Europe to participate in the event. After the event they, together with other Roma participants, shared their views about (...)
The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has launched a consultation on its 2012 Annual Report and 2013 Strategic Objectives. In response to these documents, EPHA prepared its Position on the FRA Annual report 2012 and FRA Strategic Objectives 2013-2017.
EPHA Position on FRA Annual report 2012 and FRA Strategic Objectives 2013-2017
The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) is an independent EU Agency that monitors the promotion of Fundamental Rights proclaimed in the Charter of the Fundamental (...)
Prior to the publication of the European Commission’s Green Paper on mobile Health (mHealth) later this year, EPHA is releasing a briefing paper that highlights some of the principal issues related to the debate.
Mobile health – also known as mHealth – can be understood as the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, healthcare services and health research. It is a component of the larger discipline of eHealth, which in turn can be defined as the (...)
Ageing and Older People
According to their analysis of the 2013 National Reform Programmes (NRPs), Eurochild concludes that EU Member States have failed to prioritise child poverty and well-being in their NRPs and have not put children at the heart of policy reforms. Based on the 2013 NRPs, the European Commission produced, earlier this year, the 2013 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) of which some touch upon the child and the Roma populations, as analysed by EPHA.
The Europe 2020 strategy aims to boost (...)
The 2013 European Commission’ Report on Health Inequalities in the European Union points to some positive developments in implementing the EU strategy on health inequalities, ’Solidarity in Health’ (2009), while concluding that more action is needed at local, national and EU levels. Overall life expectancy and infant mortality improved but health inequalities between social groups remain high and persistent with an additional current and future challenge due to the (...)