The European Charter for Health Equity has been opened for signatures until the end of 2012.

To sign the European Charter for Health Equity please follow the registration link here. In addition, we would be very happy to receive a high quality logo of your organisation. You can send it along in an e-mail to inequalities@epha.org.

- Press Release of the EPHA Annual Conference "Life expectancy of the poorest is eight years shorter than the most wealthy : EPHA calls for EU action"

- EPHA Briefing on Health Inequalities

Why signing?

- Because the existing systematic differences in health – widespread, unfair and avoidable – impose a growing threat to all people living in Europe and have to be addressed in a concerted manner at all levels and by all relevant stakeholders. Putting right these inequities is a matter of social justice.

- To reaffirm the commitment to the values of well-being, solidarity, social justice, promotion of fundamental human rights and gender equity.

- To call for action from the civil society to all relevant stakeholders and in particular decision makers, relevant governmental and civil society partner organisations, and other regulatory bodies, to protecting and promoting people‟s health by acting on health inequalities between and within countries in Europe.

- To commit:
- to promote the shared values of solidarity, equity, gender equality, sustainability and participation through mainstreaming health equity in our policies and other actions to ensure due attention is paid to the needs of the poor and other vulnerable groups and to support a societal development that maximises individual and community potential;

- Invest in actions that promote and support health equity, social, gender and environmental determinants of health, and guarantee that such pro-health initiatives are coherent and integrated with effective and measurable evidence-based interventions that are responsive to people‟s needs, preferences and expectations;

- Foster and build capacity and cross-country learning and cooperation between all relevant stakeholders in development and implementation of policies that have positive impact on social determinants of health.

Who?

Decision-makers, EU institutions, regional, national and local governments, WHO, civil society, individuals, and all other interested parties.

All health and non-health areas with potential impact on reducing health inequalities: employment, education, housing, environment, social, gender, migration, agriculture, transport, climate, and others.

For more information please contact Ms Dorota Sienkiewicz at d.sienkiewicz@epha.org or inequalities@epha.org.

So far, we have collected support from 165 organisations/individuals: updated on 31 December 2011

Policy makers and individuals

- Sir Michael Marmot, President BMA, chair of the WHO Committee on Social Determinants of Health

- Nessa Childers, MEP (S&D, Ireland)

- Alojz Peterle, MEP (EPP, Slovenia)

- Jo Leinen, MEP (S&D, Germany)

- Marisa Matias, MEP (GUE/NGL, Portugal)

- Jean Lambert, MEP (Greens, the UK)

- Staffan Nilsson, President EESC

- Glenis Willmott MEP (S&D, the UK)

Organisations

- Mental Health Europe (MHE)

- Equity in Health Institute, Italy

- Older Women’s Network Europe (OWN Europe)

- Pancyprian Federation for the Welfare of the Elderly

- Handicap International

- National Association of Pensioners, Malta

- Smoke Free Partnership

- AGE Platform Europe

- Austrian Obesity Association

- Austrian Diabetes Association

- Cyprus Diabetic Association

- European Forum for Primary Care

- Endocrinological and Diabetological Association of Uzbekistan

- ABA Informatika, Croatia

- NGO Z.O.V. Zaprešić, Croatia

- Coalition of Associations in Healthcare, Croatia

- Andrija Stampar Institute of Public Health, Croatia

- Anton Trstenjak Institute of Gerontology and Intergenerational Relations, Slovenia

- PHAROS, the Netherlands

- PET+, Croatia

- Croatian Association for Sanitary Engineering

- Confederation of Family Organisations in the EU (COFACE)

- Universite de Montpellier, Faculte de Medecine

- ADHD Family Support Group, Malta

- European Hematology Association

- International Planned Parenthood Federation - European Network (IPPF-EN)

- European Men’s Health Forum (EMHF)

- European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH)

- Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)

- European Network for Smoking Prevention (ENSP)

- European Association of Senior Hospital Physicians (AEMH)

- European Shiatsu Federation

- World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts European Region (WAGGGGS)

- European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN)

- European Central Council of Homeopaths (ECCH)

- Croatian National Public Health Institute

- Croatian Coeliac Coalition

- Chen - Patient Fertility Association

- Croatian Youth Network

- North West House Brussels Office (NWHBO)

- European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)

- Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices, Croatia

- Autonomus Trade Union of Service Sector of Croatia

- Korana - Association for Consumer Protection of the Karlovac County, Croatia

- Center for Promotion of European Standards in Healthcare, Croatia

- Alzheimer Disease Society, Croatia

- European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (Eurosafe)

- Romanian Federation of Diabetes, Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases

- Citizens Information Board, Ireland

- Diabetes Association of Serbia

- Association Nationale de Prévention en Alcoologie et Addictologie, France

- Hrvatska zajednica laringektomiranih - Croatian Laryngological Society

- Polish Society for Health Programs

- Slovenian Coalition for Tobacco Control and Public Health

- Fórum pre pomoc starším - Forum for Help to the Elderly, Slovakia

- The European Federation of Patients’ Associations for Anthroposophic Medicine (EFPAM)

- European Public Health and Agriculture Consortium (EPHAC)

- Green Institute (Zielony Instytut), Poland

- The GENESIS Association, Georgia

- International Diabetes Federation Europe

- Civil Association Overweight Prevention, Croatia

- WEMOS, the Netherlands

- European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG)

- European Chiropractors’ Union

- European Federation of Associations of Dietitians (EFAD)

- Administração Regional de Saúde de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo

- Instance Regionale d’Education et de Promotion de la Sante (IREPS), France

- Centre for Democratic Development, Romania

- NGO Salutare, Estonia

- HEPA Macedonia National Organization for the Promotion of Health

- Associação Protectora dos Diabéticos de Portugal

- Association of Women of Southern Europe (AFEM)

- European Respiratory Society (ERS)

- European Child Safety Alliance

- StratAdviser, the UK

- ENRICH (European Network Regions Improving Citizen’s Health)

- Royal College of Physicians, the UK

- Cancer Research UK

- PLIVA, Croatia

- European Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (EPSA)

- Thalassaemia International Federation, Cyprus

- Cyprus Alliance for Rare Disorders

- Day Care Center (individual support), Cyprus

- International Federation of Anthroposophic Doctors Associations IVAA

- European Youth Forum

- European Federation for Complementary and Alternative Medicines (EFCAM)

- European Federation of national Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)

- European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI)

- Autonomus Province of Bolzano/South Tyrol

- Socialdemokraterna (Social Democratic Party), Sweden

- Administração Regional de Saúde do Algarve, Portugal

- Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union (PGEU)

- Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)

- Eurocare

- European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP)

- The Children’s University Hospital, Ireland

- Tampere University, Finland

- University of Helsinki, Finland

- Paracelsus Private Medical School, Austria

- International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

- Gemensam Välfärd, Sweden

- University of Georgia

- Albanian Institute of Public Health

- S-Föreningen Bättre Och Jämlik Hälsa (Union for Better and Equal Health), Sweden

- Health Care Without Harm

- Eurochild

- European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG)

- Center for Paediatric Nutrition of the "Sapienza" University in Rome, Italy

- the Health and Europe Centre, the UK

- Health Action International Europe (HAI Europe)

- Umanotera, Slovenia

- Institute for Electronic Participation (INePA), Slovenia

- University MIT-Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

- DocSWISS, Switzerland

- Society for promotion of equality and plurality Vita Activa, Slovenia

- "UP" Društvo za pomoč zasvojencem in njihovim svojcem Slovenije, Slovenia

- NGO Young People and Tobacco, Slovenia

- Slovak Public Health Association, Slovakia

- European Roma Information Office (ERIO)

- Medical Faculty, Trakia University, Bulgaria

- Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

- Trnava University, Slovakia

- Observatoire de la Sante du Hainaut, Belgium

- Ukrainian Diabetes Federation

- Udruga Slatki Zivot, Croatia

- Association Zajedno do zdravlja, Croatia

- ILGA-Europe

- European Heart Network (EHN)

- European Federation of Patients’ Associations for Antroposophic Medicine

- European Cancer Leagues (ECL)

- European Critical Care Foundation

- European Parkinson’s Disease Association (EPDA)

- Invalidsko Drustvo Ilco za Korosko (Disability Association ILCO of Carinthia), Slovenia

- SENT, Slovenian Society for Mental Health

- Nastje Klevze, Slovenia

- Drustvo za Avtizem DAN Maribor (Society against Autism DAN Maribor), Slovenia

- CLAB, Slovenia

- Soceity for Individuals Suffering from Depression and Anxiety Disorders, Slovenia

- Romanian Association for Public Health and Health Management

- Autism-Europe

- Médecins du Monde/Doctors of the World International Network

- EULAR - European League Against Rheumatism Brussels Office

- Sante Mentale et Exclusion Sociale SMES-Europa

- Médecins du Monde France

- Médecins du Monde/ Dokters van de Wereld Belgium

- Médecins du Monde Switzerland

- Ärzte der Welt / Doctors of the World Germany

- Médicos del Mundo / Doctors of the World Spain

- Médicos do Mundo / Doctors of the World Portugal

- Οι Γιατροί του Κόσμου – Giatri tou Kosmou / Doctors of the World Greece

- Dokters van de Wereld / Doctors of the World Netherlands

- Läkare i världen / Doctors of the World Sweden

- Doctors of the World United Kingdom

- University of Alicante, Spain

- European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network (EHFCN)

- European Society for Neuropsychiatry

- Olmue Colombia s.a.s.

- Stichting Romanian Children’s Humanitarian Foundation

- Center for Research and Community Health, Turkey

- European Patients’ Forum

Last modified on November 29 2012.