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New European pilot project promotes better health for those in isolated and vulnerable situations


The new ’VulnerABLE’ Project aims to increase our understanding of how best to improve the health of people who are living in vulnerable and isolated situations in the European Union. It began in early 2016 and will continue for two years, with EPHA as a collaborating partner. By Sascha Marschang, Policy Manager for Health Systems, EPHA The new ’VulnerABLE’ Project aims to increase our understanding of how best to improve the health of people who are living in (...)
03/05/2016

New MSF report condemns EU migration policies’ consequences for health


A new report released by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) stresses that the EU has “catastrophically failed” in its responsibility to respond to the urgent humanitarian and medical needs of refugees and migrants arriving at Europe’s borders. The continued focus on securing borders and deterrence, coupled with anti-immigration policies developed since the 1990s and ad hoc asylum systems in the Member States have contributed to the current reception crisis. The MSF report, (...)
02/03/2016

New EPHA report: Impacts of economic policies on access to healthcare in Europe


Since the economic crisis, policy changes across Europe appear to be moving away from universal health systems with broad coverage to systems where sections of the population are excluded from the scope of publicly available services. A new EPHA report presents and analyses these trends from across Europe and makes a contrast between the evidence that inclusive health, social, welfare and employment policies being beneficial to the economy with recent changes and health outcomes. As well (...)
07/12/2015

[Press Release] New EU Migration Agenda falls short on health


Brussels, 18 May 2015 – - The European Commission released its European Agenda on Migration (1) on Wednesday 13 May. EPHA welcomes that action is finally being stepped up and more funding being made available, but warns that health requires further support. Health concerns – of migrants and of receiving countries’ populations - are notably absent in the agenda, which merely mentions the need to support ‘reception and capacity to provide healthcare to migrants in the (...)
18/05/2015

66th World Health Assembly approves Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020


The Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020, aiming at promoting mental well-being, preventing mental disorders and reducing their burden, was approved during the annual Health Assembly that took place in Geneva between 20-28 May 2013. Health systems are failing worldwide in satisfactorily dealing with the burden of mental disorders. In low and middle-income countries, between 76% and 85% of people with severe conditions receive no treatment; for high-income countries, that range is reduced to (...)
30/05/2013

UN Human Rights Guidance for reduction of preventable maternal morbidity and mortality


At their 21st session, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council adopted a report aimed to help policymakers improve women’s health and rights by providing guidance on implementing policies and programmes. The Report encourages UN Members to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in accordance with human rights standards. At their 21st session, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council adopted a report aimed to help policymakers improve women’s health and rights by (...)
04/11/2012

EPHA cited in The Lancet - Universal Health Care for undocumented migrants


In the article, published on September 7 in the renowned medical journal The Lancet, the authors maintain that Universal health coverage (UHC) is increasingly seen by global civil society as a key component of the framework for sustainable development after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and of shaping the kinds of system that promote equity, access, and human rights. In the article, entitled “Civil Society Organisations and Universal Health Care,” Julia Ravenscroft, (...)
14/09/2012