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EPHA contributes to joint civil society consultation response on Europe 2020 Review

Last week a joint consultation response, written by EPHA, Friends of the Earth, the European Women’s Lobby, Culture Action Europe and the European Association for the Education of Adults, was submitted to the European Commission. The civil society response to the Commission’s consultation highlights the importance of moving beyond GDP in measuring the effectiveness of the Europe 2020 Strategy. GDP, it states, ’leads to short-termism, over-consumption, impoverishment of (...)

[Médecins du Monde] New MdM report on access to healthcare for the most vulnerable in a Europe in social crisis – Focus on pregnant women and children

On May 13 2014, the International Network of Médecins du Monde – Doctors of the World presented its most recent report on ’Access to healthcare for the most vulnerable in a Europe in social crisis – focus on pregnant women and children’ at a press conference in Madrid. In this report, Doctors of the World presents its observations for 2013 on the social determinants of health and the health status of patients who have received support from 25 of MdM’s 160 (...)

Civil Society calls for a true Social Dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union

Ahead of the vote on 21 November, a coalition of civil society organisations writes to MEPs to ask for an ambitious Social Dimension of the EMU. The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) welcomes the Communication on the Social Dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) released on 2 October - a potential watershed moment in economic governance and in better screening the social determinants of health. If implemented properly, this would empower citizens to measure the impact of (...)

[OECD report launch] How’s Life in 2013?: Human cost of crisis calls for investment in well-being

Stemming from the Better Life Initiative, a newly-launched OECD report How’s Life? shows the economic crisis’ impact on people’s well-being, affecting not only their jobs and incomes but also, more importantly, their life satisfaction, housing conditions, trust in governments and working environments. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s report finds that these indicators declined the most in countries most affected by the crisis, and (...)

[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 (...)

Reindustrialising Europe to promote competitiveness and sustainability - But does it promote health?

Currently, the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament is working on its own initiative report on re-industrialising Europe to promote competitiveness and sustainability. The Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee prepared an opinion drafted by Tadausz Cymanski MEP (EPP, Poland) and amendments to this draft opinion were tabled and will be voted on on 19 June. The question is now whether the ENVI Committee has taken (...)

How to reinforce the social dimension of the EU under the Lithuanian Presidency?

Lithuania will hold the rotating EU presidency of the Council in the second half of 2013 (July-December 2013). The Social Platform, (an alliance of representative European federations and networks of non-governmental organisations active in the social sector) organised a conference focusing on the social dimension of the EU. EPHA – as member of the Social Platform – transferred important messages (the possibilities of civil society, the relevance of poverty for public health, (...)

[EPHA’s 20th anniversary] There is no time like the present

While generally speaking, political change in Brussels tends to be tremendously slow, twenty years are a sufficiently long period of time to have witnessed some crucial changes in the continent’s public health sphere. At the time of EPHA’s inception in 1993, Article 129 of the Maastricht Treaty had just equipped the European Commission with a limited but important legal coordinating role in the field of public health with a focus on prevention, health promotion and protection. (...)

UNICEF Innocenti Report Card: Child Well-being in Rich Countries.

The Report card considers five dimensions of children’s lives: material well-being, health and safety, education, behaviours and risks, and housing and environment. The report is a good example of indicators to be taken into account when developing and monitoring policies that have direct and indirect effect on child well-being, including cross-sectorally. The paper key findings can be summarised as follows: The Netherlands is the leader and the only country ranked among the top (...)

[Médecins du monde] Access to healthcare in Europe in times of crisis and rising xenophobia

On the 9th of April 2013, Doctors of the World International Network (Médecins du monde) presented its latest report, with some of the results of comparative data collected in 2012 in 14 cities across seven European countries. This report covers a sample of 8,412 patients, 19,302 consultations (including 10,968 medical consultations) and 11,921 diagnoses reported by their volunteer health professionals. In order to capture the context in which this data collection took place, a concise (...)