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[Save the date] Spotlight on Clean Air & Health

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Health and Environmental Alliance (HEAL) focus on the connection between clean air and Health in an event hosted by Satu Hassi MEP (FI, the Greens) and co-hosted by Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu MEP (RO, S&D) in the European Parliament on 19 March 2013. You all are very welcomed to attend this event! You can register using this registration link The event will run from 18:00 in the Altiero Spinelli (ASP) building in room ASP 5E1 (...)

[EPHA Consultation] Response on sustainable development

EPHA took part in the recent consultation on sustainable development. At the meeting, EPHA suggested a number of ways that health could be promoted in the follow up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) 2012. EPHA strongly supports the efforts made by the Council to support sustainable development and the Beyond GDP agenda. Moreover, EPHA calls on the Commission to include a health dimension and to give strong political support for progress measures beyond GDP (...)

[Report] Superfood for Babies - Save the Children’s latest report on breastfeeding in developing countries

On February 19, Save the Children launched a milestone report with the title "Superfood for Babies: How overcoming barriers to breastfeeding will save children’s lives" Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to tackle malnutrition; a simple, natural way to boost a baby’s immune system. If all babies were breastfed in the first hour after birth, the lives of 95 babies would be saved every single hour - 830,000 a year. The report, Superfood for Babies, says that if babies receive (...)

[Lunch debate] The Battle against Tobacco, Cancer and Heart Disease, Feb. 19, European Parliament (Brussels)

The battle against tobacco, cancer and heart disease - Tuesday, 19 February 2013, 12:00-15:00. Jointly organised by the European Parliament MEP Heart Group and MAC (MEP Against Cancer). [Press Statement] In the fight against Tobacco, Cancer & Heart Disease, the new Tobacco Directive is a battle that cannot be lost. Programme - The Battle against tobacco, cancer and heart disease. February 19th – EP (Brussels) Report - The Battle against tobacco, cancer and heart disease The (...)

Preventing global non-communicable diseases through low carbon development

Both non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and climate change are enormous threats to global health - synergies attempting to tackle these major health threats have received limited attention to date. The increasing burden of NCDs poses an enormous threat to populations and health systems across the globe. At the same time, the impacts of climate change are predicted to have profound public health effects and there is an urgent need for transition to low-carbon economies. Although important (...)

How to Put Non-Communicable diseases at the Heart of the Global Development Agenda?

The Lancet (the world’s leading medical journal), together with a number of international organisations (e.g.WHO, UNDP, World Bank), national governments and civil society, examined UN progress on the global development agenda. The discussions explored solutions for better accountability for global action on non-communicable disease (NCDs). EPHA, which closely followed the discussion, developed a number of key messages relevant to the public health community. The Lancet (...)

Improving access to life-saving therapy for acute heart attack patients

On 23 January 2013, EPHA attended the Parliament Breakfast Briefing on inequalities in access to best therapies for acute heart attack patients. The event organised by the European Critical Care Foundation (ECCF) in collaboration with "Stent for Life" and hosted by MEP Antigoni Papadopoulou (Cyprus, S&D) discussed access to life-saving therapy. “Chronic diseases constitute the largest health threat to the EU population, with cardiovascular disease (CVD) identified as the leading (...)

[Joint Press Release] Tobacco Products Directive very unlikely to increase illicit trade

On 22 January, in Brussels, tobacconists and newsagents demonstrated to express their opposition to the draft Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). They claim that, if adopted, the text will increase counterfeiting and the parallel market (1). Experience has proven that illicit trade of cigarettes is prompted by supply and price rather than by the packaging of the product. Tobacconists state that the directive provisions on 75% coverage of health for cigarette packs will make them “quasi (...)

Health and transparency NGOs demand Commission implements UN tobacco lobbying rules

On January 17, EPHA, along with three other civil society organisations, has joined forces to write an open letter to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. The appeal warns about the failure of the European Commission to properly implement Article 5.3 of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The letter, signed by EPHA, the Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), Corporate Accountability International, (...)

Attitudes of Europeans Towards Air Quality

Air quality is a major concern for European citizens and is an area in which the EU has been particularly active over the last 30 years. As part of continuing efforts to improve air quality and air pollution, the European Commission is currently undertaking a comprehensive review of EU air policy, with a view to revising the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution and associated legislation in 2013. The EU’s key objective in relation to air quality is "to achieve levels of air quality (...)

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