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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

EU Migration Agenda - ’Right step in right direction’ or stumbling block for universal access to healthcare?


A CEPS lunchtime seminar held at the University of Maastricht’s Brussels campus shed light, from different angles, on the recently released European Agenda on Migration by critically examining some of its features, including the Commission’s plan to distribute asylum seekers across the EU Member States, the use of military power to combat people smugglers, and managing different types of migration. Overall, the Agenda’s narrow take on migration complicates achieving the (...)
02/07/2015

[Open Letter] to the EU Ministers of Health


In a joint letter ahead of the 19 June EPSCO Council debate on migrant health, EPHA, Medecins du Monde (link) and PICUM (link), addressed the Council to ask for action and policy commitment to universal access to healthcare and its paramount importance in addressing health inequalities. The letter, signed by a group of umbrella networks and grassroots organisations from across the EU, drew attention to the fact that improvements in access to healthcare for asylum seekers, undocumented (...)
22/06/2015

Correcting health workforce imbalances: What coordinating role for the EU?


Co-organised by the Health Workers for All (HW4All) project, the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) and EPHA, a policy debate took place on 5 May 2015 which discussed how the ethical recruitment principles of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel could best be implemented. It focused on the European context where professional mobility is encouraged in the Internal Market yet posing increasing challenges for the health systems (...)
31/05/2015

European Agenda on Migration commits to saving lives but not to improving reception


The European Commission released its long-awaited Communication on a European Agenda on Migration on 13 May, thereby delivering one of President Juncker’s political priorities. While the likelihood of saving more migrants’ lives will be increased through increased funding for Frontex operations and a more coordinated effort to managing migration more fairly across Europe is welcome, the problem remains that reception conditions in EU countries are insufficient. Funding is (...)
31/05/2015

WHA adopts resolutions on AMR and immunization


On 25 May 2015, the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) - the supreme decision-making body of WHO which convenes annually in Geneva - agreed resolutions to tackle antimicrobial resistance and improve access to affordable vaccines. Tackling antimicrobial drug resistance The global importance and seriousness of AMR was highlighted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who told delegates on the opening day that addressing AMR is one of the highest health priorities for the world. Following a (...)
31/05/2015

Op-ed articles highlight recruitment practices across Europe


In the run-up to the event, ’Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU: Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence’, Health Workers for All (HW4All) released a compilation of case studies that highlight good practices related to achieving a more equitable distribution of health workers across Europe, while highlighting the importance of respecting internationally mobile health workers’ rights. To complement the case studies, and prior to the 5 May event on the (...)
31/05/2015

[Press Release] New EU Migration Agenda falls short on health


Brussels, 18 May 2015 – - The European Commission released its European Agenda on Migration (1) on Wednesday 13 May. EPHA welcomes that action is finally being stepped up and more funding being made available, but warns that health requires further support. Health concerns – of migrants and of receiving countries’ populations - are notably absent in the agenda, which merely mentions the need to support ‘reception and capacity to provide healthcare to migrants in the (...)
18/05/2015

[Joint press release] Conference urges policy-makers to adopt ethical recruitment principles to stop health workforce brain drain


Brussels, 05 May 2015 – What role can ethical recruitment play for fair distribution of health workers? What role does Europe have in ensuring that freedom of movement of health workers in the Single Market does not translate into unequitable access to health services in less affluent regions? These are some of the questions that today’s event, ‘Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU: Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence’ responded to. Jointly organised by (...)
05/05/2015

[Event announcement] Mobility of Health Professionals in the EU - Ethical Recruitment and Policy Coherence (5 May, Brussels)


On 5 May 2015, Nessa Childers MEP (S&D, Ireland) will host an event co-organised by EPHA together with the Health Workers for All (HW4All) project and the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU). This policy seminar, at the European Parliament in Brussels, is an opportunity to discuss the principles contained in the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel in the European context. The event, ’Mobility of Health Professionals in (...)
30/04/2015