|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - July 2020
Welcome to our July newsletter with interesting publications for your summer readings. This newsletter includes updates from our members, the World Congress on Public Health, the European Commission, ECDC and WHO Europe.
Wishing you a nice summer and pleasant reading,
Dr Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president and Dr Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director
2. EUPHA update
Europe should not cut back on the health budget, not now
Last week the European Council concluded that the budget for the much needed health programme i.e. EU4Health, is cut to €1.7 billion (just 18% of the Commission’s proposed budget). This is unconceivable at a time where new cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in multiple EU Member States. Read our full statement here.
Apply for EUPHA Fellowship Programme 2020
The deadline to submit an application for the EUPHA Fellowship Programme 2020 is approaching soon. Take this chance to be part of the World Congress on Public Health (www.wcph2020.com). Submit your application no later than August 1st 23:59 CEST.
Get more information on this great opportunity for PhD students and other early career researchers here: https://tinyurl.com/EUPHAfellowshipprogramme2020…
EUPHA at the World Congress on Public Health
We are less than three months away from the digital 16th World Congress on Public Health.
We are proud to represent the European voice of public health at this important gathering with over 50 EUPHA led or co-led sessions including workshops, pre-conferences, World Leadership Dialogues and plenary sessions.
Join the conversation on social media at #WCPH2020 as well as #EUPHAatWCPH2020. Make sure you also follow @EUPHActs on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube to receive the latest updates.
Oral statement on the WHO Europe's draft European Programme of Work, 2020-2025: United action for better health in Europe
In a virtual meeting organised on 26 June by WHO Europe, several non-governmental organisations had the chance to reflect on their proposed European Programme of Work (EPW), 2020-2025. Our president, Dr Iveta Nagyova, took this opportunity to highlight our continued collaboration with WHO Europe. The draft EPW is in line with the new EUPHA strategy 2020-2025. Read the full statement here.
European Public Health Week webinar series
The EUPHA Urban public health section has created a great online resource from the European Public Health Week webinar series in collaboration with
The University of Manchester. Watch 20 fantastic webinars here.
3. European Public Health Conference
World Congress on Public Health - WCPH2020
WCPH2020: GET CONNECTED TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
4. EUPHA members update
Public Health Law and Ethics and Covid 19 - UK Faculty of Public Health
As the pandemic situation unfolds, better understanding of law, regulation, and professional and social ethics has become increasingly important particularly for health professionals. The UK Faculty of Public Health in collaboration with legal scholars at the University of Bristol, Cardiff and Edinburgh, and Queen’s University Belfast, has published a set of briefings for health professionals on laws, regulations and guidance on the Covid 19 pandemic for each of the four Nations in the UK. The briefings as well as a general briefing for the public can be accessed freely through the following link: https://bit.ly/3eaM1Sg
These reports provide health professionals with an overview of key legal and regulatory responses to COVID-19, and how they affect important areas of health and social care. They explain the laws and links to further sources related to professionals’rights and duties to help guide their decision-making.
The Faculty has also issued a statement on ethics and public health planning in the face of Covid 19: https://www.fph.org.uk/media/2922/fph-statement-of-public-health-ethics-and-covid-19.pdf. This highlights the key role of ethics for health professionals in tackling the pandemic.
For further information please contact UKpublichealth.email@example.com.
5. European Journal of Public Health
Advance articles - July 2020
Is impending or actual death of a spouse with dementia bad for mental health? Antidepressant use surrounding widowhood
6. Call for proposals, job opportunities
Call to participate in questionnaire on the use and impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and digital tools to increase vaccine uptake and ultimately vaccination coverage in Europe
The EUPHA Infectious diseases control section and the EUPHA Digital health section are supporting this project. The overall aim of the project is to collect and share European best practices on the topic.
Part of the project is to conduct semi-structured interviews to country experts using a tool available here (a detailed description of the project and the questionnaire are available at the link below):
We anticipate it won’t take more than 20 minutes to fill in the questionnaire and your collaboration is highly appreciated.
2020 EU Health Award - Submit your initiatives promoting childhood vaccination or healthy lifestyles among children by 16 September!
Due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, the deadline for submissions for the 2020 EU Health Award has been extended until 16 September. Click on the link to find out who is eligible, what the criteria is and what the prizes are!https://ec.europa.eu/health/award/home_e...
7. Interesting news
How can EU health policy better address COVID-19?
Dr Paul De Raeve, General Secretary of the European Federation of Nurses Associations, explores how the COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the need for a European Health Union.
EU health organisations react to cuts in EU health programme amidst ongoing COVID-19 crisis: the time to invest in a healthy future is now
After several days of debates and compromises, the European Council reached a crucial agreement on the budget underlying the COVID-19 recovery and the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) on Tuesday 21 July. The deal, however, represents a substantial setback for health at European level. [...] Read the full joint statement here.
Discover the TO-REACH Strategic Research Agenda
TO-REACH’s Agenda has identified the needs of health services and systems for a strategic research approach. We developed a new partnership model for a shared approach to health and here are some snippets! How was the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) created?
Vulnerable workers and dangerous substances: Info sheet now available in several languages
Workplace risk assessment and prevention measures for dangerous substances need to target groups of workers with specific needs and higher levels of risk. These groups include inexperienced or uninformed workers, such as young or temporary workers, as well as those who are physically more vulnerable, such as pregnant workers.
Covid-19 could kill more people through hunger than the virus itself, warns Oxfam
8. Upcoming courses and conferences
9. Interesting publications
Psychosocial determinants predicting long-term sickness absence: a register-based cohort study
Education and wealth inequalities in healthy ageing in eight harmonised cohorts in the ATHLOS consortium: a population-based study
Increased generalized anxiety, depression and distress during the COVID-19 pandemic: a cross-sectional study in Germany
The environmental footprint of health care: a global assessment
Diversification in causes of death in low-mortality countries: emerging patterns and implications
Is global dietary change an effective strategy to curb climate change?
Food & mood: a review of supplementary prebiotic and probiotic interventions in the treatment of anxiety and depression in adults
Epidemiologic relationship between periodontitis and type 2 diabetes mellitus
Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy: knowledge, management of patients and clinical experience of Italian dentists during the spread of contagion
Preventing and managing COVID-19 across long-term care services: Policy brief, 24 July 2020
2020 Cancer incidence and mortality in EU-27 countries
The JRC released the 2020 estimates on the burden of cancer in the EU. Female breast cancer is still estimated to be the most commonly diagnosed cancer. The cancer burden is estimated to have risen to 2.7 million new cases (all types, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) and 1.3 million deaths in 2020.
Strengthening health systems resilience: key concepts and strategies (2020)
Why have some health systems coped better than others during the COVID-19 pandemic? Some answers might become clear if we could assess how resilient health systems are in response to crises or shocks, such as the current pandemic and other emergencies, including financial ones. The Observatory has just published a new policy brief, “Strengthening health systems resilience: Key concepts and strategies”, which includes a framework to help policy-makers understand health system resilience and how to strengthen it. This policy brief highlights the key features of resilience and provides examples of strategies which have been applied in different countries.
10. European Commission news
Workshop: safe use of medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding
EMA is hosting a virtual workshop with its Patient and Consumers’ Working Party (PCWP) and Healthcare Professionals’ Working Party (HCPWP) on Tuesday 22 September to gather views from stakeholders on their experiences, concerns and expectations regarding the safe use of medicines by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. These insights will inform the development and implementation of a strategy on medicine safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding. [...] Participation in this virtual meeting room is subject to prior application. Available places at the workshop will be distributed to stakeholders depending on their EU-wide representation and/or expressed motivation to contribute to the discussion.
Submit an expression of interest - Deadline: 17 August 2020
EU strengthens measures for short-term health preparedness for future outbreaks of COVID-19
John F. Ryan, Director of Public Health, Country Knowledge and Crisis Management for the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, says that the European Commission is taking measures to ensure the short-term health preparedness for future outbreaks of COVID-19 in the EU. Read more here.
Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases holds meeting
The Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases discussed the EU4Health Programme, Horizon Europe and Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. Representatives of 27 Member States, Norway and Iceland attended. Read the flash report of the meeting here.
11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 29, 23 July 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 26, 02 July 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 27, 09 July 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 28, 16 July 2020
12. WHO news
Turkey agree to set up new WHO centre of excellence for emergency preparedness
During a visit to Turkey on 8–10 July, at the invitation of Dr Fahrettin Koca, Turkey’s Minister of Health, WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge signed the financial agreement with Turkey to establish a new WHO Centre of Excellence for Preparedness for Humanitarian and Health Emergencies.
Countries commit to meeting SDGs in face of pandemic
Countries from across the WHO European Region took part in the annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on 7–16 July 2020. Many delivered voluntary national reviews (VNRs), part of the follow-up and review mechanism of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
WHO report on violence and injuries reveals grim statistics on preventable deaths
A new report from WHO highlights that violence and injuries are a leading cause of death in all countries of the WHO European Region, regardless of economic status. In the time that it takes to read this news item, 2 people will have died a violent and traumatic death in the Region. Continue reading here.
WHO helps reshape hospitals as COVID-19 eases its grip
In a COVID-19 world, many hospitals need to rethink how they use their space. Italy is one of the first countries making adjustments as outpatient clinics and non-emergency services reopen. Read more
Public Health Panorama, Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2020
Public Health Panorama provides a platform to scientists and public health practitioners for the publication of lessons learned from the field, as well as original research work, to facilitate the use of evidence and good practice for public health action.
Non-State actors share views on WHO/Europe's forthcoming European Programme of Work
WHO/Europe held its first-ever virtual consultation with non-State actors (NSAs) as part of the open consultation process of the European Programme of Work (EPW) “United action for better health”.
Thanking WHO/Europe for the opportunity to comment on the EPW, Dr Iveta Nagyova of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) said, “We welcome the European Programme of Work and we are impressed with the plans for the near future.”
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