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Childhood vaccination: Neglected tool to counter measles outbreaks?


Over 22,000 people were infected with measles across the EU in 2014 and 2015, including one measles-related death. The only effective preventive measure against measles remains vaccination. The recent outbreaks suggest a growing number of susceptible people are not being vaccinated. The reasons for this are varied, including a growing number of parents who are reluctant to vaccinate their children and increasing barriers of access to vaccination. To avoid further such outbreaks, it is thus (...)
02/07/2015

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) advises on infant and follow-on formulas, less protein content, additional nutritional enrichment risk to the infants’ metabolism


EFSA has made recommendations on the intake levels of energy, macronutrients and micronutrients in infant and follow-on formulas. The recommendations are included in a Scientific Opinion on the essential composition of infant and follow-on formulas, which reviews advice provided by the Scientific Committee on Food in 2003, taking into account more recent evidence. It follows an EFSA Opinion published in 2013 on nutrient requirements and dietary intakes of infants and young children in the (...)
08/08/2014

[ToyBox project report] Obesity prevention in children in pre-school years: policies and evidence


On 30 April 2014, the World Obesity Federation (formerly the International Association for the Study of Obesity) published its report "Obesity prevention in children in pre-school years: Policies and evidence". The report rounds off with the EU-funded ToyBox project and a high-level workshop on the future of the research in the field of childhood obesity organised on 11 April, in which EPHA took part. On 30 April 2014, the World Obesity Federation (formerly the International Association (...)
06/05/2014

EU Council of Ministers adopts a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived


The European Union’s Council of Ministers adopted the Regulation on the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). The Fund will give Member States €3.5 billion worth of support over 2014-2020 in their efforts to help Europe’s most vulnerable people and in particular those who have been worst affected by the on-going economic and social crisis. A successor to the Food for the Most Deprived scheme, the new fund aims to deliver beyond immediate food assistance (...)
12/03/2014

EU Alliance for Investing in Children writes to the EPSCO Council - No Inclusive Growth with Increasing Child Poverty


There are 26,5 million children across the European Union at risk of poverty or social exclusion - half a million more than a year ago - and the economic, financial and social crisis is only putting even more children at risk. On the occasion of the EPSCO Council Meeting on 10 March, the EU Alliance for Investing in Children emphasises that tackling and preventing child poverty and social exclusion are key to achieving the Europe 2020 headline targets. There is no inclusive growth without (...)
09/03/2014

EU Member States agree to act on Childhood Overweight and Obesity


The Greek Presidency "Nutrition and Physical Activity" conference of 24-25 February, saw the launch of the EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity, initiated a year ago under the Irish Presidency of the EU. The Plan attempts to take into account the political complexity of all 28 EU Member States and aims to "demonstrate a shared commitment of addressing childhood obesity" by setting out eight priority areas for action "possible measures for consideration" while respecting countries’ (...)
02/03/2014

European Parliament adopts report on new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived


At its plenary meeting in Strasbourg on 25 February, the European Parliament adopted MEP Emer Costello’s report on a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAMD). The proposal is due to be definitely adopted by the EU’s Council of Ministers in the coming weeks. EPHA has been active on the issue from a public health perspective with a view to ensuring the programme distributes nutritious foods that contribute to good health of the most vulnerable. Whilst welcoming the (...)
26/02/2014

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on equal access to healthcare for children


At its latest plenary session in Strasbourg on 5 February 2014, the European Parliament voted for a motion for a resolution on equal access to healthcare for children. The motion was put forward by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris MEP (EPP, Italy). Details of the motion for a resolution are given below: The European Parliament, – having regard to Rule 120 of its Rules of Procedure, A. whereas the right to health, meaning complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, has been (...)
10/02/2014

New European regulation for food intended for infants, children and special medical purposes will ban idealised pictures and text on baby formulas


The new framework proposes a set of stricter rules to protect specific groups of vulnerable consumers such as infants, young children and people with special medical conditions. It also abolishes the concept of "dietetic food" and will provide one single list of substances that can be added to these three categories of food. In 1977 the first European Union Directive covering foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses was adopted. It has undergone several revisions during the (...)
03/07/2013

[Save the date] International conference - Child Health Research: Key to a Healthier European Society


The RICHE and CHICOS projects, together with colleagues in TACTICS and EURO-PERISTAT, are hosting a joint meeting to celebrate European child health research, and launch their reports in Dublin in May, and you are invited! Join leading researchers and practitioners in child health, policy makers, advocates, and children, to help shape the future of child health research in Europe. Conference’s flyer Date: Thursday May 30th, and Friday May 31st 2013 Place: School of Nursing and (...)
12/03/2013