With two major launches, April was an remarkable month in terms of chronic diseases developments - the Commission’s Consultation on the EU Reflection Process on Chronic Dises; and the World Health Organization (WHO) Consultation on a comprehensive global monitoring framework. EPHA responded to both consultations.
On 14 March 2012, the European Commission launched a Consultation on the EU Reflection Process on Chronic Disease aimed to gather initial inputs from stakeholders. Following the consultation, the Commission will be contacting organisations involved in the areas of chronic diseases and related issues in order to conduct further consultations. EPHA’s response to this Reflection Process encompasses the following recommendations: the need to step up actions on food and nutrition as well as in physical activity, alcohol and tobacco consumption; seize the opportunities offered by eHealth in the context of re-framed health systems; realising the importance of health professionals in accompanying and taking care of patients with chronic conditions; and last but not least, stressing the health inequalities perspective of chronic conditions.
On 22 March 2012, the WHO launched its second round of consultation on a comprehensive global monitoring framework, including indicators and a set of voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of non communicable diseases. This consultation included indicators and a set of voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of non communicable diseases. Besides, this initiative integrated the comments received from UN Agencies as well as from Member States.
In its contribution, EPHA emphasized the importance of re-integrating as part of the global targets on non communicable diseases as well as overweight and obesity rates (including children’s) as well as levels of alcohol consumption.