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Tackling AMR: Everybody’s got a role to play, but pharma must do more


Representatives of the pharmaceutical industry have responded to letters sent by EPHA and partners urging the industry to make their global supply chains transparent and adopt environmentally responsible management practices. While a number of initiatives are being supported by industry, the problem remains that these are non-binding and fragmented. As manufacturers and suppliers, and nodes in a multi-billion industry, pharma companies must do more and push for mandatory standards and (...)
28/12/2015

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

[Open letter] Public Health recommendations for strong National Emission Ceiling (NEC) Directive


Ahead of the 16 December Environment Council meeting, 17 health organisations signed a letter containing recommendations to Environment and Health Ministers for ambitious EU action that will benefit people’s health, the environment and the economy. Open letter - Public Health recommendations for strong National Emission Ceiling (NEC) Directive (pdf) To: Ministers of Environment of the European Union Member States CC: Ministers of Health of the European Union Member States Dear (...)
14/12/2015

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

Call for clean air


EPHA has co-signed this letter to MEPs which highlights the importance of an upcoming plenary vote on the air quality of Europe and refers to the health implications of this law being passed. Open letter to MEPs - Call for clean air (pdf) CALL FOR CLEAN AIR 28 October Plenary vote on the NEC Directive 23 October 2015 Dear Member of the European Parliament, Clean air - everywhere - for European (...)
26/10/2015

Is Europe food secure?


Food security is a major public health concern. While usually framed as a ’developing countries’ issue only, it is high time to start looking at the European situation as well. From the environmental and agronomic perspectives, Europe may well be undermining its ability to be food secure in the future. From a public health point of view, we can even doubt whether food security is achieved at this very day. This month EPHA participated in the panel of a joint European (...)
09/10/2015

Pharmaceutical supply chains: what action is being taken?


EPHA, together with US consumer organisation SumOfUs and UK-based Ethical Consumer, has co-signed letters to some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, asking for information on their sources of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and their production practices. The recent report, ’Bad Medicine’ published by SumOfUs, provides the context for the letters. It exposes the fact that a number of large pharmaceutical companies are sourcing antibiotic ingredients (...)
09/10/2015

Climate change set to undermine 50 years of gains in global health


"The implications of climate change for a global population of 9 billion people threaten to undermine the last half century of gains in development and global health." This alarming finding by The Lancet illustrates how profoundly climate change threatens human health and well-being. While this may be very unsettling, the upside is that many forms of behavioural change favour both public health and climate change prevention. A transition towards such patterns of behaviour creates vast (...)
03/08/2015

[Letter to MEPs] Call for Clean Air


Ahead of the 15 July vote in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee on the revised National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive report, more than 60 health, environmental and animal welfare organisations signed a letter containing recommendations to MEPs for ambitious EU action that will benefit people’s health, the environment and the economy. Letter to ENVI MEPs - CALL FOR CLEAN AIR (pdf) Dear Members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) (...)
14/07/2015

EPHA welcomes the WHO resolution on health impacts of air pollution


The 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) took place between 18 and 26 May in Geneva, where key stakeholders met to discuss among other things, the health impact of air pollution, the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the health and humanitarian crisis in Nepal following the recent earthquake, environmental contaminants and the importance of health at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015. As part of the conclusions, delegates adopted a resolution to deal with the health (...)
31/05/2015