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Revised Digital Agenda aims to boost economic growth and innovation

Following a comprehensive policy review, the European Commission published an updated Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) on 18 December, which identifies seven new key areas to stimulate the conditions for creating growth and jobs in Europe. The focus is largely economic and eInclusion is not very pronounced, however it is hoped that in combination with the existing goals they can contribute to bridging the digital divide, especially for vulnerable groups and patients less likely or able to (...)

Health Mediation Programme in Romania

This article provides information about a vital programme implemented by EPHA partner organisation SASTIPEN Roma Center for Health Policies, based in Romania. Their ’’Health Mediation Programme: Opportunity for increasing the employment rate amongst roman women” is an example of how economic and health objectives can be tackled simultaneously. Health Mediation Programme The health mediation programme represents the “business card” for Romania when discussing (...)

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 (...)

European Federation of Nurses Associations issues letter to Irish government on reduction of salaries for new graduate nurses

Following the Irish Government decision to cut the pay of new graduate nurses, the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) (EFN) has issued a letter supporting the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO) campaign on equal pay for the new graduate nurses. The EFN letter reads as follow: "Brussels, 25 January - The Irish government currently holds the EU Presidency and EFN counts on the Irish politicians to strengthen European citizens’ belief in a prosperous future, (...)

[Joint Press Release] Tackling poor housing is the first step towards reducing health inequalities

Brussels, January 25 – On January 22, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing (CECODHAS Housing Europe) held a joint conference with the European Parliament’s Urban Intergroup. The event focused on the connection between health inequalities and affordable housing and emphasised that investment in good quality housing can bring returns in health and environmental outcomes. The European Commission (DG (...)

CAMbrella urges coordinated approach to Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) research

The final CAMbrella conference took place on 29 November 2012, showcasing the fruit of the 3-year pan-European CAM research project - the long-awaited ’’Roadmap for European CAM Research’’ that includes the findings of the work packages and provides conclusions and recommendations for a future research agenda. To kick off the conference, Dr. Wolfgang Weidenhammer, CAMbrella project coordinator based at University of Munich, recalled that CAMbrella is a so-called (...)

[Revised EPHA position] Clinical Trials

EPHA has revised its position on clinical trials following the European Commission’s release of a legislative proposal for a regulation over the summer. While the key elements remain the same, the updated version emphasises the need for clinical trials to go ahead so that different population groups can benefit from life-saving treatments, while underlining that patient safety must remain at the centre of the process, and not compromised by less rigid assessment procedures. The (...)

European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing’s conference - Ageing can be an opportunity

The long-awaited First Conference of Partners of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) took place on 6 November in Brussels. One year after the delivery of the Strategic Implementation Plan, the six Action Groups presented their action plans. The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders, already part of an Action Group, to meet and collaborate with different group members, and for more recent stakeholders to have the opportunity to learn about (...)

2012 European Antibiotic Awareness Day - the need for deeper, multi-level cooperation to reach people

On 16 November, the 2012 European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) was once again put in the spotlight in Brussels by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and partners through a dedicated conference and social media event, highlighting its key messages on prudent antibiotic use. At the same time, worrying new developments in the areas of antibiotics consumption and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) were brought to light emphasising the urgent need for more (...)

Circular migration: Silver bullet or placebo solution?

Debates over circular migration to fill employment gaps in industrialised economies are of particular relevance to the health sector, where demographic change and concurrant increases in chronic diseases and multiple morbidities are driving an ever-greater need for qualified health professionals. However, a fine balance needs to be struck between migrants’ individual aspirations and the impact of their migration decision on health systems already hit by the effects of the crisis and (...)