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On 10 December, Health Ministers unanimously adopted Council Conclusions on the Reflection Process on Modern, Responsive and Sustainable Health Systems, prepared by the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. In the Conclusions the Member States acknowledge the core role of health for the economic prosperity and stress the importance of the principles of solidarity, universal health care accessibility as well as the horizontal principle “health in all policies”. (...)
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 (...)
Ahead of the vote on 21 November, a coalition of civil society organisations writes to MEPs to ask for an ambitious Social Dimension of the EMU.
The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) welcomes the Communication on the Social Dimension of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) released on 2 October - a potential watershed moment in economic governance and in better screening the social determinants of health. If implemented properly, this would empower citizens to measure the impact of (...)
Brussels, 13 November – The 4th Annual Growth Survey (AGS), setting out what the European Commission believes must be the EU’s priorities for the coming 12 months in terms of economic, budgetary policies and reforms to boost growth and employment, was released on November 13.(1) The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) welcomes recognition of: the need to tackle the social consequences of the crisis; ensuring the financial sustainability of social protection and healthcare (...)
Stemming from the Better Life Initiative, a newly-launched OECD report How’s Life? shows the economic crisis’ impact on people’s well-being, affecting not only their jobs and incomes but also, more importantly, their life satisfaction, housing conditions, trust in governments and working environments.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s report finds that these indicators declined the most in countries most affected by the crisis, and (...)
EPHA Professional Development Programme 2013: Join an EU health advocacy training on’ Campaigning for the European elections 2014 and the 2014-2019 new Commission.’
On December 4-5-6 EPHA launches its 6th Professional Development Programme (PDP) which aims to train those new to the ’EU bubble’ to get an introduction to the European Union and more particularly to European health advocacy.
This year we plan to support participants in campaigning for the European (...)
17 October 2013, Brussels - In the context of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) high-level meeting ‘Health systems for health and wealth in the context of Health 2020: Follow-up to the 2008 Tallinn Charter’ on 17-18 October 2013, EPHA has released a statement in collaboration with Medicus Mundi International and Health Workers 4all urging for continuous investment in quality health services and health workforce to achieve health strengthening.
The original Tallinn (...)
Access to Medicines
Health in all policies
At the 63rd session of the World Health Organization (WHO) regional committee for Europe in Çesme (Izmir, Turkey) on 16-19 September, generated ten policy lessons for health policy responses in times of global economic crisis. As Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO’s Director for the Regional Office for Europe, explained, Ministers of Health have found out that providing effective social safety nets for people without work can largely mitigate the negative health effects of economic downturns. (...)
On 29 May 2013, the European Commission published its proposals for the 2013 Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) for the third annual cycle. In 2013 there are an increased number of CSRs on poverty, employment, education and care and health services, as well as the new positive individual proposals for some countries regarding key target groups such as youth, children, migrants and Roma.
For the first time, in 2012 the Annual Growth Survey (AGS) included a recommendation to reform (...)
10 July, Brussels –Today, seven leading civil society organisations (1) have issued a joint declaration (2) on the dreadful situation faced by millions in Europe regarding access to medicines and the dire health outcomes that result. The aim is to drive the discussion on these distressing issue which undermines public health in Europe.
In addition, today the European Commission is set to propose its Innovation Investment Package (3). One of the package’s key areas will be (...)