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The vital role of health professionals in curbing drug-resistant infections


About one third of hospital patients are prescribed antibiotics and up to 50% of their use is unnecessary or inappropriate. ECDC data clearly reveals the causal association between the indiscriminate use of antibiotics and the spread of drug-resistant infections, also known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Whilst some EU countries have made significant strides in control of drug-resistant infections, overuse and the spread of AMR urgently need to be addressed in others. As drug-resistant (...)
06/04/2016

New MSF report condemns EU migration policies’ consequences for health


A new report released by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) stresses that the EU has “catastrophically failed” in its responsibility to respond to the urgent humanitarian and medical needs of refugees and migrants arriving at Europe’s borders. The continued focus on securing borders and deterrence, coupled with anti-immigration policies developed since the 1990s and ad hoc asylum systems in the Member States have contributed to the current reception crisis. The MSF report, (...)
02/03/2016

Call for review of National Strategy for Roma Inclusion prioritising health


There are a number of important reasons why, four years following its approval, the implementation of the National Roma Inclusion Strategy 2011-2020 has come to a near-standstill in Romania. Yet the European Commission assessment of the Strategy presents its campaigns, as well as the shrinking health mediator programme, as achievements. The article reveals that the responsible ministries have not organised systemic actions or created the necessary institutional bodies for implementing and (...)
01/02/2016

[EVENT REPORT] Exploring The Migration-Development Nexus: Global Health Aspects Of The Implementation Of The WHO Code Of Practice


On 9 December 2015, EPHA and the Health Workers for All (HW4All) project organised an event on policy coherence for development, in the context of the implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. The event focused on the impacts of ’brain drain’ on countries of origin and discussed solutions for sustainability. The event was was opened by Dilyana Slavova, President of the Agriculture, Rural Development and the (...)
01/02/2016

New EPHA report calls for universal access to childhood vaccination


EPHA’s new report on Access to Childhood Vaccination emphasises the importance of ensuring free and equal access to immunisation for all children in Europe no matter their legal or economic status. Issues pertaining to access to vaccinations were also stressed at the first Science-Policy Flu Summit organised by EPHA members the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI). Focus on Childhood Vaccination The report discusses the barriers to parents being fully informed and (...)
07/12/2015

New EPHA report: Impacts of economic policies on access to healthcare in Europe


Since the economic crisis, policy changes across Europe appear to be moving away from universal health systems with broad coverage to systems where sections of the population are excluded from the scope of publicly available services. A new EPHA report presents and analyses these trends from across Europe and makes a contrast between the evidence that inclusive health, social, welfare and employment policies being beneficial to the economy with recent changes and health outcomes. As well (...)
07/12/2015

Cross-border Healthcare report reveals implementation gaps, uncovers lacking knowledge of patient rights


A new EPHA report examines the progress of the implementation of the 2011 Directive on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare (2011/24/EU). Following the European Commission’s own first review of the operation of the Directive, EPHA’s report calls for actions to ensure that the Directive does not exacerbate health inequalities by only working in favour of well-to-do patients and Member States. Among other measures this will entail tailored and (...)
29/10/2015

General Data Protection Regulation - EPHA progress report calls for health research exemption in trilogue negotiations


The General Data Protection Reform (GDPR) entered into the trilogue phase in June with the aim of concluding discussions at the end of 2015 or soon thereafter. A new EPHA progress report describes the challenges of the GDPR experienced so far and confirms the crucial role of data for health research and science purposes. In 2012, following the release of the European Commission’s proposal for a draft regulation (setting out a general EU framework for data protection) and a draft (...)
09/10/2015

European Parliament debate focuses on pros and cons of data driven healthcare


eHealth, mobile apps and digital medical services are sparking many hopes and concerns at the same time. The #Datacare debate held on 15 September 2015 at the European Parliament specifically explored the question, “What can data driven healthcare do for Europe?” In our globalised, digital world, things are changing rapidly and technology is an inevitable, driving feature of innovation. In the future, health systems are likely to be permeated more and more by technology. Now is (...)
09/10/2015

New report exposes link between global pharmaceutical production and antimicrobial resistance


A new report released on 11 June 2015 by global consumer watchdog SumOfUs.org provides a new angle to the debate about the major health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR): the improper disposal of pharmaceutical waste by polluting factories in China, and their links with some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. The report raises the urgent need for antibiotic stewardship to avoid a looming public health disaster. According to the report, polluting factories in (...)
19/06/2015