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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 calls for universal access to childhood vaccination


EPHA’s new report on Access to Childhood Vaccination emphasises the importance of ensuring free and equal access to immunisation for all children in Europe no matter their legal or economic status. Issues pertaining to access to vaccinations were also stressed at the first Science-Policy Flu Summit organised by EPHA members the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza (ESWI). Focus on Childhood Vaccination The report discusses the barriers to parents being fully informed and (...)
07/12/2015

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

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

[Open Letter] to the EU Ministers of Health


In a joint letter ahead of the 19 June EPSCO Council debate on migrant health, EPHA, Medecins du Monde (link) and PICUM (link), addressed the Council to ask for action and policy commitment to universal access to healthcare and its paramount importance in addressing health inequalities. The letter, signed by a group of umbrella networks and grassroots organisations from across the EU, drew attention to the fact that improvements in access to healthcare for asylum seekers, undocumented (...)
22/06/2015

e/mHealth success depends on civil society input and endorsement


Unsurprisingly, mHealth was a hotly debated topic during the 2015 eHealth Week hosted by the Latvian Council Presidency. In addition to the official conference programme, where the mHealth summit uncovered some of the latest developments in this area, the European Commission also organised a stakeholder meeting including industry and civil society representatives to determine the appropriate level of regulation for mHealth at EU level. European Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis (...)
31/05/2015

eHealth Stakeholder Group report highlights importance of health inequalities


26 April, 2014 - The first reports of the eHealth Stakeholder Group, a European Commission advisory body led by DG CONNECT, were released in April. There are four major areas in which the EHSG made specific recommendations for action, including patient access to electronic health records (EHRs), wider deployment of telemedicine services, and increasing interoperability between eHealth solutions and healthcare systems. As an issue leader on health inequalities and e-Health, EPHA led a (...)
24/04/2014