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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 (...)

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 (...)

Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe

As a comprehensive approach to the achievement of good health and well-being, tackling health inequalities early and giving every child the best start to life, we welcome the proposed European Child and Adolescent Health Strategy 2015-2020. We call on European Ministers of Health to endorse the proposed framework and to give priority to its implementation. Statement by the European Public Health Alliance to the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, Copenhagen, 15-18 (...)

EPHA comments on WHO draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children

At the end of March 2014, EPHA commented on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children. Recently put forward for public consideration, the new proposals aim to lower daily sugar intake for the general global population from 10 to 5% of total calorie intake. Consumption of free sugars (particularly in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages) may result in both reduced intake of foods containing nutritionally adequate calories (such as (...)

Alarming obesity rates in the WHO European Region require urgent action to protect children’s health

A recent WHO Europe Report, presenting an update on the marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children in the period 2012–2013, highlights increasing obesity rates in children. The overview about nutrition, obesity and physical inactivity in all 53 countries within the European Region, emphasises diverging obesity prevalence rates and the need for joint action to implement necessary policies on all levels, integrated in the WHO policy framework for health. According to a (...)

[Joint Press Statement ] EAT WELL, FEEL GOOD - Unified EU Programme to boost children’s fruit, vegetables and milk consumption?

5 February, Brussels - Following the publication of the Commission’s legislative proposal for the merger of the School Fruit Scheme (SFS) and the School Milk Scheme (SMS) (1), and while welcoming the Commission’s recognition of poor nutrition and the need to fight obesityin Europe’s schoolchildren, Freshfel Europe and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) call on the Council and the European Parliament to defend the identity and the objectives of the SFS and not (...)

[Joint Statement] Revisiting the Tallinn Charter: Health strengthening requires continuous investment in quality health services and health workforce

17 October 2013, Brussels - In the context of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) high-level meeting ‘Health systems for health and wealth in the context of Health 2020: Follow-up to the 2008 Tallinn Charter’ on 17-18 October 2013, EPHA has released a statement in collaboration with Medicus Mundi International and Health Workers 4all urging for continuous investment in quality health services and health workforce to achieve health strengthening. The original Tallinn (...)

[Joint press release] Healthy people depend on healthy food systems

16 October, 2013 - The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) World Food Day is an occasion to highlight the plight of hundreds of millions undernourished people in the world, and the increasing problem of overconsumption and associated chronic conditions of overweight and obesity, cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and cancer. The global pandemic of malnutrition – approximately 1 billion people suffer from chronic hunger while 1.4 billion people (...)

EPHA co-signs statement Nutrition and NCDs to the 63rd WHO Regional Committee for Europe

The statement - coordinated by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) - will be presented to the sixty-third session to the WHO Regional Committee for Europe taking place this week 16-19 September 2013. September 17 2013 - The written statement is to be submitted by the World Cancer Research Fund Internationa (WCRF) on behalf of several organisations concerned with nutrition and non-communicable diseases. The organisations are the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians, (...)

[WHO Europe Report] 2013 Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region: final report

At its sixty-third session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe’s meeting, the 2013 Review on Social Determinants and the Health Divide in the WHO European Region has been released. While applauding remarkable health gains and progressive improvements in the conditions in which people are born, grow, live and work, the report re-states a well-known fact - that inequities persist both between and within countries. Commissioned to support the development of the new European policy (...)