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3/05/2016

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 (...)
2/03/2016

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, (...)
18/05/2015

[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 (...)
5/02/2015

[EPHA Report] The effects of the crisis on mental health of children and young people

This new report from the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) highlights existing evidence on the detrimental effect of the ongoing economic crisis and austerity-driven measures on the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents in Europe. The report shows how political choices, made within a framework of fiscal consolidation, have had negative impacts on citizens’ mental health and well-being. In particular changes in employment status, household income and ability to (...)
23/10/2014

New study calls upon EU to address link between mental and physical health in its Health Programme

A new study commissioned by Mental Health Europe assesses whether the EU’s second Health Programme (2008-2013) addresses the interrelation of mental and physical health. The conclusion is that the programme does not make a sufficient connection between the two. This is unfortunate as a more thorough consideration of this link could contribute to the prevention of comorbidity. Earlier studies have shown that physical and mental health related problems are closely linked. People with (...)
8/08/2014

Public Health priorities of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union outlined its priorities and main events in the field of public health to the Working Party on Public Health. Despite not managing a legislative dossier for which the group would be competent, developments in the pipeline are relevant for civil society engagement. Inspired by the Third Union Programme for Action in the field of health (2014-2020), EU Health Strategy, World Health Organization reports, reflection processes on (...)
16/07/2014

Mental healthcare under-resourced in too many countries, says Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

8 July 2014 - According to the OECD, mental health is still not a priority in many countries. Governments should review the importance and influence of mental illness in people’s lives. It is estimated that people with a severe mental disorder die up to 20 years earlier than the general population, as well as being six to seven times more likely to be unemployed, with one in two people with mental ill-health having complications in their career (prospects, wages and productivity). (...)
18/06/2014

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 (...)
28/11/2013

[Mental health] Challenges and Possibilities. Conclusions of a Lithuanian Presidency conference

The conclusions from the Lithuanian Presidency conference on "Mental health: challenges and possibilities" (October, 2013) identified the urgent need to address mental health challenges by actions that are evidence based, efficient, and sensitive to the need and cultures of countries and their population groups. Challenges and recommended actions Intersectoral dimension and the need to adequately address promotion and prevention. It is recommended to strengthen mental health promotion (...)
2/06/2013

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 (...)

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