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European Parliament votes on the use of antibiotics for farm animals


Recent European Parliament votes on Veterinary Medicinal Products and Medicated Feed, and the adoption of the Animal Health Law are vital steps in tackling the spread of drug-resistant infections (antimicrobial resistance, AMR). Calls from public health experts to limit the prophylactic use of antimicrobials in farm animals have been a longstanding issue given that the majority of antibiotics are given to livestock. By Sascha Marschang, Policy Manager for Health Systems, EPHA. Votes on (...)
06/04/2016

Putting public health at the heart of a sustainable food policy


There are considerable obstacles to integrating public health concerns into European agricultural policy. Advocates for healthy food and drink environments are routinely confronted with an oversimplified narrative about growth and jobs. But times are changing; in the recent debates around developing a more sustainable and broader food policy, the discussion is moving beyond the agriculture sector and public health is taking centre stage. By Nikolai Pushkarev, Policy Coordinator for Food (...)
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06/04/2016

Environmental pollution: Neglected dimension of AMR


On 10 December 2015, EPHA and Health Care Without Harm Europe organised an event that discussed the link between AMR and environmental pollution, focusing on antibiotics manufacturing and animal husbandry. The event established that all stakeholders - in particular industry and regulators - must push for enforceable standards and regulation. A new EPHA report further develops this theme. Why is the environment neglected in AMR debates? Despite a number of scandals and growing evidence (...)
28/12/2015

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: High time for global policy action


Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a global health threat of unprecented scale and urgency. During the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) from 16-22 November 2015, which encompassed the 8th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD), emphasis was placed on the global nature of the emergency that requires all institutions and actors to join forces. At the launch event in Brussels, the European Commission, ECDC and WHO sent a clear signal that only effective collaboration can tackle (...)
07/12/2015

[EPHA Guide] The EU and Health


14 October, 2013 - The EPHA Secretariat, with two decades of expertise in advocating for better health for everyone living in Europe, LAUNCHED TODAY a handbook to ease the reader’s journey into the EU’s competences on public health: its legislative basis, actors, policies, funding and key upcoming developments. This guide could be used as a one-stop resource manual on how the EU deals with public health in Europe. A gateway to help you to better make sense of the EU’s (...)
01/09/2015

[Conference Proceedings] TTIP - Increased Trade for Better Living?


To intensify the dialogue among civil society organisations, TTIP negotiators and political decision makers, Demeter International, in cooperation with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) organised the European policy conference “TTIP - Increased Trade for Better Living?" The event took place on 15-16 June under the umbrella of the Agricultural and Rural Convention (ARC 2020) and was hosted by the European and Economic Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. The conference aims (...)
31/07/2015

AMR’s multiple dimensions call for action on all fronts


The June Uppsala Health Summit (UHS), ‘A World Without Antibiotics’ expanded the discussion about antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at European and national level by examining this critical health threat from different angles. Among the key themes discussed were access to antibiotics and to improved diagnostics, the environmental dimension of AMR, collaborative research & innovation, and economic models allowing pharma companies to balance profits and investments for the public (...)
02/07/2015

[Conference Conclusions] - TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?


This European policy conference took place on 15-16 June in Brussels and gathered more than 150 participants. It focused on the future of EU trade agreements, examining their impact on sustainable food, agriculture and public health. Our event was part of the ongoing constructive discussion about the impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on the lives of Europeans with conference conclusions developed following plenary panel debates, in-depth thematic workshops (...)
23/06/2015

[Demeter-EPHA Joint Press Release] TTIP – civil society raises concerns about impacts on Living


Brussels, 15 June - Civil society raised serious concerns about the impacts of TTIP on access to good food and health, as well as the risk of deterioration of environmental, agricultural and animal welfare standards yesterday, at an event organised by Demeter (1) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) (2), under the umbrella of ARC2020 (3), and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). "The EESC considers that full transparency and consultation with the EESC and civil (...)
16/06/2015

[Event announcement] TTIP – Increased Trade for Better Living?


This conference, co-organised by Demeter International and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), will provide a discussion platform for negotiators, decision-makers and stakeholders to exchange views on civil society concerns about the possible implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on sustainable food and agriculture, public health and services, education and democracy. It will discuss visions of fair and sound international trade, develop ideas for (...)
20/05/2015