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EPHA contributes to joint civil society consultation response on Europe 2020 Review

Last week a joint consultation response, written by EPHA, Friends of the Earth, the European Women’s Lobby, Culture Action Europe and the European Association for the Education of Adults, was submitted to the European Commission. The civil society response to the Commission’s consultation highlights the importance of moving beyond GDP in measuring the effectiveness of the Europe 2020 Strategy. GDP, it states, ’leads to short-termism, over-consumption, impoverishment of (...)

Roma Public Health emergency - alarming European Commission data on Roma health

Health Commissioner Tonio Borg announced at the EPHA Annual Conference on 4 September 2014, that the European Commission has issued a report on the health status of the Roma population in Europe. The report concludes that Roma in Europe suffer a greater exposure to wider risks of ill health, have poorer access to preventive and healthcare services and suffer poorer health outcomes than the general population. The report also highlights that as a result of cutbacks linked to the economic (...)

EU Alliance for Investing in Children writes to the EPSCO Council - No Inclusive Growth with Increasing Child Poverty

There are 26,5 million children across the European Union at risk of poverty or social exclusion - half a million more than a year ago - and the economic, financial and social crisis is only putting even more children at risk. On the occasion of the EPSCO Council Meeting on 10 March, the EU Alliance for Investing in Children emphasises that tackling and preventing child poverty and social exclusion are key to achieving the Europe 2020 headline targets. There is no inclusive growth without (...)

[EPHA Open Letter] WHO World No Tobacco Day 2013 Award for Hungary & Criminalisation of Homelessness in Hungary

Congratulations for the WHO World No Tobacco Day 2013 Award for Hungary and serious public health concerns about the Hungarian legislation regarding penalising street homelessness [English version] - Open letter to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor ORBÁN [Hungarian version] - Nyílt level ORBÁN Viktor, Magyarország Miniszterelnöke számára Dear Prime Minister, Firstly, I am writing to you to congratulate you for receiving the World No Tobacco Day 2013 award from the UN World Health (...)

[Joint press release] Civil society urges decision-makers to step up action to tackle health inequalities

17 September, 2013 (Brussels) – On the occasion of two major recent reports reviewing trends and progress on health inequalities in Europe -by the European Commission (1) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe (2)-, EPHA and its partners (3) call - yet again - for urgent and concerted action among all relevant actors to close the huge, persistent and growing health divide between the richest and the poorest in our societies. Despite this issue being high on political agendas for the (...)

EPHA 4th Annual Conference 4-5 September 2013, Brussels

In an official event of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) will celebrate, on 4 and 5 September 2013, 20 years of helping shape Europe’s public health. EPHA is using this milestone as an opportunity to look at how we can foster an EU that is coherent in its decisions, in terms of fostering the health and well-being of people living in Europe. Brave New World: Inclusive Growth and Well-Being or Vested Interests (...)

The European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA)

‘The European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA) is an open network of European and national civil society organisations willing to promote active citizenship as a core element of the European democracy in the context of the European Year of Citizens 2013.’ The EYCA On 11 August 2011, the European Commission proposed to designate 2013 as the “European Year of Citizens” to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the European Union Citizenship under the (...)

Health systems in times of global economic crisis: an update of the situation in the WHO European Region

WHO has worked with many Member States on various areas of policy to assist them in navigating through the crisis. This work, as well as an in-depth examination of selected countries and the results of a survey on how countries have responded to the crisis by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and WHO, was presented at a recent conference on health systems and the economic crisis (17–18 April Oslo). During the conference in Oslo, the negative impact that the (...)

[Médecins du monde] Access to healthcare in Europe in times of crisis and rising xenophobia

On the 9th of April 2013, Doctors of the World International Network (Médecins du monde) presented its latest report, with some of the results of comparative data collected in 2012 in 14 cities across seven European countries. This report covers a sample of 8,412 patients, 19,302 consultations (including 10,968 medical consultations) and 11,921 diagnoses reported by their volunteer health professionals. In order to capture the context in which this data collection took place, a concise (...)

Children’s well-being: investing in a healthy future - a silent emergency in Europe

On 27 March, the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Daciana Octavia SÂRBU (S & D, RO) hosted a seminar on child health, nutrition and education policies. In her speech, EPHA Secretary General Monika Kosińska highlighted why is it important to put child well-being at the heart of EU policies. In her speech, MEP Daciana Octavia SÂRBU (S&D, RO) stressed that good and healthy nutrition have a crucial impact on children life expectancy and that the role of the parents in (...)