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[EPHA visit to Romania] Pressing need to take Roma integration seriously


EPHA participated in a country visit to Romania, as part of a ’Together for better health, for us, by us’ delegation to discuss with key Romanian stakeholders (including civil society representatives) burning questions on Roma integration. A field visit to the Romanian villages ’Araci/Árapatak’ and ’Hetea/Hete’ reinforced evidence that the Roma population is found at the very bottom of the socio-economic spectrum. Roma in Romania and Europe suffer worse (...)
20/06/2014

The European Commission releases country-specific recommendations for 2014


On 2 June, the Commission released the 2014 Country Specific Recommendations for 26 out of the 28 EU Member States. According to the European Commission growth has returned to the European Union (EU); public finances and macroeconomic imbalances continue to improve; and there is a modest rise in employment rates. The Commission proposes to continue to adopt structural reforms to keep the growth momentum - a strategy criticised by civil society actors that see the traditional growth model (...)
04/06/2014

[EU Elections 2014] What will they mean for health policy for the next five years?


Over the last four days, dozens of millions of Europeans have made their voice heard. By casting their vote at the European Parliament (EP) elections, they decided who they want to represent them in the upcoming 2014-2020 European Parliament term. The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) encourages the new Parliament to ensure that health and well-being in Europe are brought into the heart of European policy-making. 28 May 2014 - At an informal EU Summit, Heads of State and Government (...)
27/05/2014

[EPHA 5th Annual Conference] 4-5 September 2014, Brussels


Closing date for registrations fast approaching. Register now! EPHA 5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE 4-5 SEPTEMBER 2014, BRUSSELS “Tectonic tensions - wealthy Europe`s fear of commitment” KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Tonio Borg - European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis - Lithuanian Minister of Health (*to be confirmed) Representative of the Latvian Ministry of Health (*to be confirmed) Paola Testori Coggi - Director-General for DG Health and (...)
27/05/2014

[Médecins du Monde] New MdM report on access to healthcare for the most vulnerable in a Europe in social crisis – Focus on pregnant women and children


On May 13 2014, the International Network of Médecins du Monde – Doctors of the World presented its most recent report on ’Access to healthcare for the most vulnerable in a Europe in social crisis – focus on pregnant women and children’ at a press conference in Madrid. In this report, Doctors of the World presents its observations for 2013 on the social determinants of health and the health status of patients who have received support from 25 of MdM’s 160 (...)
17/05/2014

Roma Health Matters - Dialogue with Civil Society on Roma Integration


The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) dedicated its 12 May public hearing to the issue of Roma Health and discrimination, to which EPHA, other civil society organisations and European institutions were invited . By presenting the evidence-based EPHA Position on Roma Health, EPHA highlighted the key role Roma Health Mediators (RHM) could play to promote meaningful Roma integration. Background information - ongoing EESC dialogue with the European civil society The Employment, (...)
12/05/2014

[EPHA Briefing] Human Rights, Fundamental Rights and Equal Treatment Legislation in Europe


The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) hosts the 7th Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) meeting on 10-11 April in Vienna. EPHA, as FRP member organisation, stresses the importance of civil society involvement in Fundamental Rights discussions and takes this opportunity to publish its Briefing on Human Rights, Fundamental Rights and equal treatment legislation in Europe since the Right to Health is Fundamental. The briefing explores the different human rights instruments (1), examines human (...)
10/04/2014

[EPHA analysis] Roma Summit 2014 and International Romani Day


This time, the third European Roma Summit held on 4th April marked the International Romani Day (8th April), which gathered not only high level speakers from all over Europe from different European Institutions and Member States but also provided a forum for the European Commission to publish its assessment on the 2013 National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS) presented by the 28 EU Member States. Is it a moment of celebration of further actions? What has the European Public Health (...)
08/04/2014

[Joint press release] Enough is enough: Time to break the circle of Roma health exclusion across Europe


Brussels, 4 April 2014 - The need for better policies and funding for Roma inclusion, with an emphasis on local integration in Eastern Europe, is the focus of the Third Roma Summit (1) – a landmark event organised today by the European Commission in Brussels. After decades of revisiting the same issue, it is high time that the EU and its Member States got serious in tackling the factors that trap Roma populations in a cycle of ill-health and socio-economic marginalisation. With an (...)
04/04/2014

[EPHA position] Roma Health in Europe


One of the most universally disadvantaged communities living in Europe is the Roma. The great majority of the estimated 10-12 million Roma population in the continent is found at the very bottom of the socio-economic spectrum: they suffer worse health than the other populations in the countries due to their higher exposure to the range of unfavourable factors that influence health. Due to the multiplicity of their discrimination and social exclusion, the inequalities faced by the Roma (...)
04/04/2014