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Key challenges for eHealth

Many people are already embracing the possibilities of eHealth but what is preventing eHealth from becoming a widespread reality? And what could be the potential solutions? The eHealth revolution has been a slow burner for many years but the advent of mobile and wearable technologies (from mHealth to smart watches), Big Data and the Internet of Things provide an array of new possibilities for eHealth as vast amounts of health data can in theory be (self-)generated, transmitted, stored and (...)

Bolstering Health Literacy to cut down maternal and infant health inequalities

2 September 2014 - At the end of 2012, 6.6% of EU27 population was born outside the European Union. New and undocumented migrants are more likely to come from lower socio-economic backgrounds if not being pushed into poverty and social exclusion by the migration factor alone. The associated burden of disease, injuries and disability has been well documented and constitutes a firm evidence-base for action at international, European, national and local levels. A private-public pilot project (...)

[Joint open letter] EU Commission investigating UK voluntary front of pack nutrition labelling (‘traffic light’ scheme)

24 June 2014 - The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) – Europe’s leading NGO advocating for better health for all – is writing to you in light of the current debate in the European Commission regarding the impact of the United Kingdom’s voluntary colour-coded nutrition labelling. Together with the Royal College of Physicians, European Institute of Women’s Health and the International Diabetes Federation Europe - we would like to express our strong support (...)

Cancer registries: a model to be replicated or used for other chronic diseases?

The European Parliament organised a workshop ’Towards a European Cancer Information System’ on 12 February 2014 which looked at the state of play of cancer registries in Europe. EPHA took part in the debate and put forward a question on the potential use of cancer registries for other chronic diseases. A disease registry is a computer application ‘‘used to capture, manage, and provide information on specific conditions to support the organised care management of (...)

[Call for Applications] New Masters Programme (MSc) in Health Policy - Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest)

In September 2014, the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest will launch a new Masters Programme (MSc) in Health Policy, Planning and Financing with specialisation in Health Economics. Over two years, students will understand and analyse key issues and problems of future health systems faced bymiddle-income countries. The Masters Programme is based on three main components : basic courses, professional core material and specialisation in health economics. The latter provides (...)

Evaluation of the implementation of the Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity-related health issues

Launched in 2007, the Strategy for Europe on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity-related health issues provides an integrated framework for action intended to contribute to reducing ill-health due to poor nutrition, overweight and obesity in the EU. In 2012 the Strategy was evaluated by independent external evaluators to produce an Evaluation Report on its’ implementation process and impact between 2007-2011. Level of action The report states that the Strategy contributed to (...)

EPHA Annual Review 2012

Welcome to EPHA’s 2012 annual report – an overview of our successes and challenges of the year. Our 2012 Annual Conference – Restructuring health systems: How to promote health in times of austerity? - marked the second year that EPHA’s annual public event had raised a major issue with high-level participation. Our aim was to bring to the attention of European policy makers and colleagues one of the biggest health challenges in the impact of the crisis on health. I (...)

Time to Act: WHO Global Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel

The World Health Organisation Global Code of Practice on International Recruitment of Health Personnel was adopted in 2010 by the WHO Member States, including the EU-27 countries. Notably, its monitoring strategy calls on NGOs and other stakeholders to work with the WHO to achieve ‘’meaningful commitment and action’’. The meeting of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in Malta on 10-13 September is an opportunity to recall the importance and urgency of (...)

What has EPHA been up to in 2O11? EPHA Annual Report

On the day of the 2012 EPHA Annual Conference releases its Annual Review 2011, which also gives some heads up to upcoming activities. EPHA in 2011 means: 9 press releases 15 briefings 28 position papers, letters and statements 5 new members participation in 46 High Level EU meetings 50 internal meetings for members only 42 one to one meetings with EU and international decision makers 15 trainings for civil society and universities 154 meetings with civil society (...)

European Commission employment package confirms health as growth area

The European Commission has released a comprehensive employment package which includes a policy communication, "Towards a job-rich recovery," and nine Commission Staff Working Documents. The package contains concrete measures to combat mass unemployment and mitigate the effects of the crisis. The green economy, health services and ICT are recognised as high potential employment areas. The policy communication underlines the need for a stronger employment and a social dimension to EU (...)