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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - September 2020

Newsletter - September 2020

  1. Editorial
  2. EUPHA update
  3. European Public Health Conference
  4. EUPHA members update
  5. European Journal of Public Health
  6. Call for proposals, job opportunities
  7. Interesting news
  8. Upcoming courses and conferences
  9. Interesting publications
  10. European Commission news
  11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
  12. WHO news

1. Editorial

This month, we have seen a rise in COVID-19 infections and several countries are back to strict measures and liimited social contact. Let's hope these strict measures are effective and a full-blown second wave can be avoided. In our European Journal of Public Health, all articles touching upon COVID-19 are openly accessible, so that the newest research is available as widely as possible. And in this newsletter, we are updating you on numerous activities, actions and (digital) conferences to keep you up-to-date on public health. 

Wishing you pleasant reading, 

Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president, and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director

2. EUPHA update

EUPHA at the World Congress on Public Health - 2020

Only two weeks away from the 16th World Congress on Public Health, the EUPHA community is looking forward to represent the European voice of public health at this large digital event. There are more than 70 sessions led or co-led by EUPHA including workshops, pre-conferences, World Leadership Dialogues and plenary sessions.Find out more and 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.

EUPHA video statement on WHO European programme of work

We congratulate the WHO Regional Office for Europe with the new programme of work 2020–2025: “United action for better health in Europe”. The determination to ‘leave no one behind’ is exactly what EUPHA stands for as well. EUPHA supports the programme with our new 5-year strategy: analysis, advocacy and action.

Response to Pharmaceuticals - safe and affordable medicines (new EU strategy)

Read our response to the open public consultation on Pharmaceuticals – safe and affordable medicines (new EU strategy).

Anna Odone is joining the advisory group of the VAC-PACT pilot project on vaccination

Anna Odone, the president of our Digital health section, is joining the advisory group of the VAC-PACT (Vaccination Confidence – Patients’ and Professionals’ Awareness, Communication and Trust) pilot project on vaccination. This project is working towards improving uptake and confidence in vaccines for patients with chronic diseases, their families and communities. The advisory group aims to provide guidance and advice on the development of an Advanced Toolkit, to help ensure the information tools and resources provided are effective and user-friendly for their intended target audiences.

EUPHA Urban public health section and University of Manchester events for the European Public Health Week 2020

EUPHA-URB together with the University of Manchester have created a free online resource that provides access to all of the webinars held during the European Public Health Week as well as additional materials (e.g. copies of slides and other resources the presenters created), including all EUPHA  materials.

Webinar series evaluation: Public Health Ethics, Law and Human Rights for the Future of Humanity

Organised by the EUPHA Ethics in public health section, the UK Faculty of Public Health, the EUPHA Public health and law initiative & partners

Our first webinar on “Justice, solidarity and public health” on 23 September 2020 was a huge success with more than 800 registrations. The recording is available here. Whether you attended the webinar or not, if you are interested in this series, please complete this brief survey by 9 October. The next debate of this series will take place during the World Congress on Public Health. Register here. Continue the discussion on social media at #PHethicsseries For any questions, please contact

3. European Public Health Conference


Register now for the WCPH2020

Do not miss the chance to participate in this unique event. More than 3,250 colleagues have already registered for the virtual WCPH2020. WCPH2020 will be an exciting and engaging event with live streams of plenary sessions, World Leadership Dialogues, 150 workshops, and presentations and posters from over around the globe. More information and registration here.

Pre-conferences at WCPH2020

Pre-conferences are held on Monday 12 October. You can now register for pre-conferences or add them to your registration. Read more here.

  • Privacy by default, security by design. Effects of GDPR on public health research
  • Working with Indigenous People in Public Health Settings
  • Contagion 2.0! A tabletop outbreak management simulation
  • It’s about the future of decent work. A global perspective on social protections and refocusing on worker well-being
  • Migration, ethnicity, race and the COVID-19 pandemic: key perspectives on a global crisis
  • Helping people to help themselves to better health- From theory to practice
  • Toward Universal Health and ODS in Latin America

Short courses at WCPH2020

WCPH2020 offers delegates short training courses on relevant public health issues, providing the latest insights. The courses are held on Monday 12 October. Registration is required. Read more here.

  • From competencies to curriculum: curriculum development and student assessment for public health education
  • Management of AMR in hospitals
  • Value-based healthcare and the new paradigms transforming hospitals and primary care
  • Improving quality in hospitals: how to start the accreditation process with Joint Commission International (JCI)
  • Hospital design: new trends for evidence-informed strategies
  • Leading change in post-COVID times - competences for leadership in LMICs

Satellite sessions WCPH2020

WCPH2020 presents a (sponsored) satellite programme of exciting sessions on current topics. These sessions can be attended by registered delegates. No additional registration necessary.

Wednesday 14October, 13:15-14:15 Central European Time (CET)
Organizer: Seqirus

Wednesday 14October, 19:15-19:50 CET
Organizer: Sanofi Pasteur

Thursday 15 October, 13.15–14.15 CET
Organizer: Sanofi

Thursday 15 October, 13.15–13.45 CET
Organizer: Copernicus

Friday 16 October, 13.15–14.15 CET
Organizer: European Coalition for Vision

Friday 16 October, 13.15–14.15 CET
Organizer: Chinese Preventive Medicine Association

Grants available for delegates from LMICs

Thanks to support by the European Commission, DG Development, EUPHA offers a limited number of waivers of registration fees to presenters from LMICs that have not yet registered themselves. Are you a presenter in a workshop or having an oral or poster presentation in the WCPH2020 programme and are not registered yet. Read more here.

Instructions for presenters

All presenters in workshops, oral presentations and poster displays should have registered themselves before 6 October 2020. The instructions for presenters are posted at our website. If you have an oral presentation or presentation in a workshop, the instructions were sent directly to you. Check also your spam box. Organizers of WLDs or pre-conferences are contacted by our technical partner Triumph Italy.

4. EUPHA members update

The Sixth International Conference on Law Enforcement & Public Health [virtual conference]

LEPH2021 - Defying Boundaries
In collaboration with our partner organisation GLEPHA (Global Law Enforcement & Public Health Association), 
LEPH2021 is a key event in your calendar for 2021, a unique conference for anyone from policing or public health involved in confronting complex social, medical and behavioral challenges. Over three days in March 2021, and with multiple pre-conference satellite meetings on specific topics, the conference addresses the complex and diverse intersections of law enforcement and public health, involving practitioners, policy makers and researchers from these and other related sectors.
Read more
Submit your abstract (deadline October 16, 2020)

5. European Journal of Public Health

Volume 30, Issue Supplement_4, September 2020

The Health Labour Market and the ‘Human Face’ of the Health Workforce
Supplement 4, European Journal of Public Health, is now published open access; The collection of articles stimulates debate on the 'human face' of health workers and the need for a European approach to health workforce development; it provides policy recommendations on how to develop a resilient health workforce.

Advance articles - September 2020

Maintaining everyday life praxis in the time of COVID-19 pandemic measures (ELP-COVID-19 survey)
Saša Pišot, Ivana Milovanović, Boštjan Šimunič, Ambra Gentile, Ksenija Bosnar, Franjo Prot, Antonino Bianco, Gianluca Lo Coco, Sunčica Bartoluci, Darko Katović, Peter Bakalár, Terézia Kovalik Slančová, Lenka Tlučáková, Cristina Casals, Kaltrina Feka, Aikaterini Christogianni, Patrik Drid

Is device-based total and domain-specific sedentary behaviour associated with psychological distress in Flemish workers?
Katrien De Cocker, Margo Ketels, Jason A Bennie, Els Clays

Economic evaluation of ‘Men on the Move’, a ‘real world’ community-based physical activity programme for men
Liam Kelly, Michael Harrison, Noel Richardson, Paula Carroll, Tom Egan, Gillian Ormond, Steve Robertson

Autism and education—international policy in small EU states: policy mapping in Malta, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Slovenia
Robin van Kessel, Rok Hrzic, Katarzyna Czabanowska, Aurélie Baranger, Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, Nefi Charambalous-Darden, Carol Brayne, Simon Baron-Cohen, Andres Roman-Urrestarazu

Association between physical activity and kidney stones based on dose–response analyses using restricted cubic splines
Xiaojie Feng, Wentao Wu, Fanfan Zhao, Fengshuo Xu, Didi Han, Xiaojuan Guo, Jun Lyu

Categories of systematic influences applied to increase cancer screening participation: a literature review and analysis
Or Joseph Rahbek, Christian P Jauernik, Thomas Ploug, John Brodersen

Costs and effects of conventional vision screening and photoscreening in the Dutch preventive child health care system
Catharina P B Van der Ploeg, Manon Grevinga, Iris Eekhout, Eline Vlasblom, Caren I Lanting, H M (Ellen) van Minderhout, Jolande van Dijk – van der Poel, M Elske van den Akker-van Marle, Paul H Verkerk

Current state of scientific evidence on Internet-based interventions for the treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance abuse: an overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses
C Taylor, Andrea K Graham, Rachael E Flatt, Karin Waldherr, Ellen E Fitzsimmons-Craft

Examining gender differentials in the association of low control work with cognitive performance in older workers
Katherine J Ford, G David Batty, Anja K Leist

Socioeconomic factors in disability retirement due to mental disorders in Finland
Tino Karolaakso, Reija Autio, Turkka Näppilä, Kirsti Nurmela, Sami Pirkola

Do interviewer attitudes to data linkage influence respondents’ consent to linkage? Analysis of Understanding Society
Lynsey Patterson, Sharon M Cruise, Chris R Cardwell, Dermot O’Reilly

Declared funding and authorship by alcohol industry actors in the scientific literature: a bibliometric study
Su Golder, Jack Garry, Jim McCambridge

Social support and postpartum adherence to HIV treatment: a community-based participatory research study in Russia
Elizabeth J King, Anna Yakovleva, Shelbi R Lisecki, Elena Shastina, Natalia Sukhova, Elena Titina, Daria Legchilova, Irina Evdokimova, Julia Godunova

Hospital practices for the implementation of patient partnership in a multi-national European region
Beatrice Scholtes, Mareike Breinbauer, Mirko Rinnenburger, Madeline Voyen, Phi Linh Nguyen-Thi, Oliver Ziegler, Lucie Germain, Philip Böhme, Michèle Baumann, Etienne Le Bihan, Jean-Jacques Repplinger, Elisabeth Spitz, Bernard Voz, Iness Ortiz-Halabi, Nadia Dardenne, Anne-Françoise Donneau, Michèle Guillaume, Isabelle Bragard, Benoit Pétré

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

EUPHAnxt is looking for a communication manager

EUPHAnxt, the network for students and young professionals of the European Public Health Association, has an open position for communication manager. We are looking for an enthusiastic person to lead and coordinate the activities of EUPHAnxt and who share the mission of the team: create a network between young professionals, strengthen the presence of young professionals in the EUropean public health community and build collaborations with associations of young professionals.
Some of the activities of this role include:

  • Be the primary responsible for planning and managing our newsletter (~ 1/month);
  • Be responsible for the EUPHAnxt social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn), including the monitoring, managing, content creation and growth;
  • Ensure updates on EUPHAnxt/EUPHA activities creating textual and visual content for our social media platforms; 
  • Be part of a dynamic team in the EUPHA family.

If you believe you are the perfect fit for one of these positions, please apply! Send a motivational statement (max. 300 words) and CV to info.euphanxt@eupha.orgwith the subject line "Application for Communication Manager" by 16 October 2020 (12 PM CEST). For more information, please visit

European Commission: Public consultation on electronic cigarettes

The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) published the preliminary Opinion on electronic cigarettes.
Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the scientific evidence online before 26 October 2020.

Call for data for the IDF Diabetes Atlas 10th edition

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is looking for new data sources of diabetes prevalence to include in the IDF Diabetes Atlas 10th Edition to be published in 2021.
Deadline: 31 December 2020

Job offer at Department Prof. Myrskylä, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany

7. Interesting news

We need better evidence on non-drug interventions for covid-19

The BMJ | Views and Reviews | 07 September 2020
Author: Margaret McCartney
Non-drug interventions should be based on evidence. We need to generate this to inform the covid-19 and future pandemics, argues Margaret McCartney.

Age in the Age of COVID-19

by Deepah Jahagirdar
[...] we can revisit the ageist focus and avoid decisions that exclude older people while ignoring the risk to the young. Everyone has a role to play in combatting COVID-19.

First COVID-19 Global Forecast: IHME Projects Three-Quarters of a Million Lives Could be Saved by January 1

IHME | September 3, 2020
In the first global projections of the COVID-19 pandemic by nation, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine is predicting nearly 770,000 lives worldwide could be saved between now and January 1 through proven measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

[YouTube] Tobacco Control Talks

In the first episode of Tobacco Control Talks launched by the WFPHA, the former Australia’s Minister of Health and Community Care, Professor Michael Moore AM, discusses tactics deployed by tobacco companies to undermine the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and to continue selling lethal products specifically e-cigarettes.

Is the Big Tobacco Phoenix rising from the ashes?

The former Australia’s Minister of Health and Community Care and Professor Michael Moore AM on 2 September discussed tactics deployed by tobacco companies to undermine the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and to continue selling lethal products specifically e-cigarettes.

How to harvest long-term health benefits of the EU4Health programme?

10 Guiding Principles for the European Commission’s new health programme
The 26 European health organisations of the EU4Health Civil Society Alliance carried out an informal, joint analysis of the EU4Health Commission programme, following their previous statement, issued in reaction to the cuts in the health programme, with the following key conclusions.
The programme should:

  1. Ensure long-term health improvements by boosting disease prevention, health promotion and public health action,
  2. Ensure access to care by reducing inequalities in Europe
  3. Strengthen European health systems beyond the COVID-19 crisis

Leaving NOne Behind: Let us Get a More Ambitious European Disability Rights Agenda 2021-30

The European Disability Strategy ends in 2020 and the European Commission is drafting its successor. This Disability Rights Agenda will guide the EU work for the next 10 years. In particular, it will articulate how the EU and its 27 Member States will bring the implementation of international commitments, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

8. Upcoming courses and conferences

Multiple exposures and equity in environmental health - an integrated approach for sustainable development
7 Oct 2020 / Online event
Organiser: Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

Creating Demand for Health: Effective Public Health Communications to induce behavioural change
13 Oct 2020 - 16 Oct 2020 / Online event
Organiser: Imperial College Business School

Pregnancy and programming and later risk of obesity and related disease
2 Nov 2020 - 6 Nov 2020 / Frederiksberg, Denmark
Organiser: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Obesity: courses and consequences - the complex interplay between behavior, society, genes and the environment
9 Nov 2020 - 13 Nov 2020 / Frederiksberg, Denmark
Organiser: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

Health Management - Realigning Systems, Contexts and Players
17 Nov 2020 - 19 Nov 2020 / online
Organiser: EHMA

New Frontiers in Health Policy 2020: Health Policy in a Time of Transformation
23 Nov 2020 - 25 Nov 2020 / Online event
Organiser: McMaster University

Winter Symposium 2020: From Manufacturer to Patient: Reshaping Healthcare Supply Chains
1 Dec 2020 / Parterre Rialto Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss TPH

The 10th International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment
1 Dec 2020 - 3 Dec 2020 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Organiser: INCHES

1st Conference of the Swiss Implementation Science Network (IMPACT)
21 Jan 2021 - 22 Jan 2021 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss TPH

Health Care and Management (HCM): From Research to Implementation
8 Mar 2021 - 11 Jun 2021 / Basel, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

22 Mar 2021 - 24 Mar 2021 / Philadelphia, USA
Organiser: Global Law Enforcement & Public Health

9th Annual International Conference on Health & Medical Sciences
3 May 2021 - 4 May 2021 / Athens, Greece
Organiser: Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)

10th Europaediatrics 2021
10 Jun 2021 - 12 Jun 2021 / Zagreb, Croatia
Organiser: EPA / UNEPSA with European Confederation of Primary Care Paediatricians

5th European Summer School in Evidence-Based Public Health
19 Jul 2021 - 23 Jul 2021 / Munich, Germany
Organiser: LMU Munich and University of Liverpool

16th Annual meeting and 11th conference of HEPA Europe (WHO/Europe network for the promotion of health-enhancing physical activity)
1 Sep 2021 - 3 Sep 2021 / Nice, France
Organiser: HEPA Europe

Global Health Literacy Summit
3 Oct 2021 - 5 Oct 2021 / International Health Literacy Association, E-DA Healthcare Group, I-Shou University
Organiser: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

9. Interesting publications

Mapping global trends in vaccine confidence and investigating barriers to vaccine uptake: a large-scale retrospective temporal modelling study

The Lancet | Articles | Online first | September 10, 2020
Authors: Alexandre de Figueiredo, Clarissa Simas, Emilie Karafillakis, Pauline Paterson, Prof Heidi J Larson
In this study, vaccine confidence was mapped across 149 countries between 2015 and 2019.

European Drug Report 2020

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction has released its 2020 European Drug Report.
How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting drug use, supply and services? What are the health costs of drug use in Europe today? What do the latest data tell us about drug production and trafficking trends?
Read the key topics here, available in 24 languages
Read the Trends and Development here, available only in English

Risk of COVID-19 among front-line health-care workers and the general community: a prospective cohort study

The Lancet Public Health
Data for front-line health-care workers and risk of COVID-19 are limited. We sought to assess risk of COVID-19 among front-line health-care workers compared with the general community and the effect of personal protective equipment (PPE) on risk.

Mapping intersectional inequalities in biomarkers of healthy ageing and chronic disease in older English adults

Daniel HolmanSarah Salway & Andrew Bell

Making the link: Improving Health and Health Equity through Strong Social Protection Systems

In Making the link: Improving Health and Health Equity through Strong Social Protection Systems, EuroHealthNet explores the European initiatives that are shaping national changes in social protection. It gives examples from Finland, Scotland, and Slovakia showing how changes to social systems are affecting health. It shows what else can be done to support a fair and sustainable economic recovery, where decent and healthy work and social investments are central.
Read the Policy Précis

Institutionalising global health: a call for ethical reflection

We describe a global health course and pedagogy that highlights the moral ambiguity and many ethical compromises that have emerged as the discipline has increasingly become institutionalised.

Professionalization of Public Health - an exploratory case study

South Eastern European Journal of Public Health | 28 September, 2020

To adequately address the challenges of public health for the 21st century, a key policy element will need to focus on adequately cultivating, training and growing the future workforce of professionals in the field. The aim of this study was to examine why professionalization of public health in Europe is not as robust as it deserves to be and what steps can be taken to assure an adequate supply of professionals with the proper education and training background, and career guidance to tackle the public health needs of the future.

COVID-19 in children and adolescents in Europe: a multinational, multicentre cohort study

The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
To date, few data on paediatric COVID-19 have been published, and most reports originate from China. This study aimed to capture key data on children and adolescents with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection across Europe to inform physicians and health-care service planning during the ongoing pandemic.

Fact sheet - Health in Prisons (2020)

World Health Organization
The aim of WHO Health In Prisons is to improve  the health of the 11 million people in prison globally  (1.5 million in Europe). At the same time, this contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at  all ages) and SDG 10 (Reduce inequality within and among countries). This work also supports the WHO General Programme of Work (GPW 13), adopted at the 2019 World Health Assembly, and the European Programme of Work (EPW), adopted in 2020, both of which promote increased universal health coverage and healthier populations.

Diagnosis of physical and mental health conditions in primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Lancet Public Health | September 23, 2020
To date, research on the indirect impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health of the population and the health-care system is scarce. We aimed to investigate the indirect effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on general practice health-care usage, and the subsequent diagnoses of common physical and mental health conditions in a deprived UK population.

Unintended pregnancy and abortion by income, region, and the legal status of abortion: estimates from a comprehensive model for 1990-2019

The Lancet Global Health | September 01, 2020
Unintended pregnancy and abortion estimates document trends in sexual and reproductive health and autonomy. These estimates inform and motivate investment in global health programmes and policies. Variability in the availability and reliability of data poses challenges for measuring and monitoring trends in unintended pregnancy and abortion. We developed a new statistical model that jointly estimated unintended pregnancy and abortion that aimed to better inform efforts towards global equity in sexual and reproductive health and rights.

10. European Commission news

Coronavirus Global Response: WHO and Commission launch the Facilitation Council to strengthen global collaboration

Press release | 10 September 2020 | Brussels
"Today, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, launched and co-hosted the first meeting of the High Level Facilitation Council, leading the work of the global collaborative framework Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (the ACT-A) to speed up the development and deployment of vaccines, tests and treatments against COVID-19, as well as to improve health systems."

Beating cancer: Better protection of workers against cancer-causing chemicals

22 September, 2020 | Press release
Each year, about 120,000 work-related cancer cases occur as a result of exposure to carcinogens at work in the EU, leading to approximately 80,000 fatalities annually. To improve workers' protection against cancer, the Commission has proposed today to further limit their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 35, 03 September 2020

Rapid communication
COVID-19 outbreaks in a transmission control scenario: challenges posed by social and leisure activities, and for workers in vulnerable conditions, Spain, early summer 2020
Increasing proportion of vancomycin resistance among enterococcal bacteraemias in Switzerland: a 6-year nation-wide surveillance, 2013 to 2018
Large waterborne outbreak: use of multiple approaches to investigate contamination of the drinking water supply system, Norway, June 2019

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 36, 10 September 2020

Rapid communication
First autochthonous dengue outbreak in Italy, August 2020
Reduced maximal aerobic capacity after COVID-19 in young adult recruits, Switzerland, May 2020
Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in children aged 0 to 19 years in childcare facilities and schools after their reopening in May 2020, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Mortality from malaria in France, 2005 to 2014
Assessment of biorisk management systems in high containment laboratories, 18 countries in Europe, 2016 and 2017

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 37, 17 September 2020

Travel-associated COVID-19: a challenge for surveillance?
Rapid communication
Poor self-reported adherence to COVID-19-related quarantine/isolation requests, Norway, April to July 2020
Resurgence of an international hepatitis A outbreak linked to imported frozen strawberries, Germany, 2018 to 2020
Letter to the editor: COVID-19 cases among school-aged children and school-based measures in Hong Kong, July 2020

Guidelines for the implementation of non-pharmaceutical interventions against COVID-19

Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI) are public health measures that aim to prevent and/or control SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the community. As long as there is no effective and safe vaccine to protect those at risk of severe COVID-19, NPI are the most effective public health interventions against COVID-19. These ECDC guidelines detail available options for NPI in various epidemiologic scenarios, assess the evidence for their effectiveness and address implementation issues, including potential barriers and facilitators.

Rapid risk assessment: Increased transmission of COVID-19 in the EU/EEA and the UK - twelfth update

In this update, we analyse the risk posed to the general population, vulnerable individuals, and healthcare provision by the current increase in COVID-19 case notification rates observed in the EU/EEA and the UK.

Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 38, 24 September 2020

Rapid communication
Surveillance of COVID-19 school outbreaks, Germany, March to August 2020
Rabies vaccination strategies in the Netherlands in 2018: a cost evaluation
Prevention of human rabies: a challenge for the European Union and the European Economic Area Abandon of intramuscular administration of rabies immunoglobulin for post-exposure prophylaxis in the revised guidelines in the Netherlands in 2018: cost and volume savings
Peer Review Week 2020: thanks all COVID-19 reviewers for their amazing work
Author's review
Authors’ correction for Euro Surveill. 2020;25(36)

12. WHO news

WHO's protective supplies reach health-care workers in 17 countries in the European Region amid COVID-19 pandemic

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) was so high that the global supply chain collapsed. Nonetheless, WHO/Europe has managed to deliver 434 tonnes of PPE – enough to fill six large aircraft – to 17 priority countries in the WHO European Region.

More than 3 billion people protected from harmful trans fat in their food

Two years into the World Health Organization’s (WHO) ambitious effort to eliminate industrially produced trans fats from the global food supply, the Organization reports that 58 countries so far have introduced laws that will protect 3.2 billion people from the harmful substance by the end of 2021. But more than 100 countries still need to take actions to remove these harmful substances from their food supplies.

Unleashing the potential of vaccines for a healthier Europe

The full potential of vaccines to strengthen communities and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals remains untapped. Providing vaccines through the life course means making age-appropriate vaccination available not only to all children but to people of every age.

Ministers back 5-year plan to put health in Europe on track

#RC70Europe - Day 1 - September 14, 2020
Today [September 14, 2020], ministers of health and public health leaders from the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region endorsed a new 5-year vision, the European Programme of Work (EPW) 2020–2025, that sets down how WHO/Europe and its Member States will work together to meet citizens’ expectations for health.

Keep health workers safe to keep patients safe

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments and health care leaders to address persistent threats to the health and safety of health workers and patients.
[...] The pandemic has also highlighted the extent to which protecting health workers is key to ensuring a functioning health system and a functioning society.

WHO/Europe's Regional Director discusses European Programme of Work in latest podcast episode

In the latest episode of the Health in Europe podcast, WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge discusses the formation of the European Programme of Work (EPW) 2020–2025, “United Action for Better Health in Europe”, and how it will improve health in the WHO European Region over the coming years.
Listen to the podcast

In brief: the 70th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC70)

Among the highlights of this year’s session was the endorsement by Member States of the European Programme of Work (EPW). The EPW sets down a 5-year vision of how WHO/Europe and Member States will work together to meet citizens’ expectations for health.

Progress reports on health and sustainable development now available for Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

WHO has launched 3 new sustainable development country progress reports for Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as part of the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All.

Self-testing for HIV at home - successful project in Bulgaria

A demonstration project conducted in Bulgaria has shown that more people get tested for HIV when self-testing is available. In situations where testing is based in health-care institutions, it can be a challenge to encourage some people to come forward. Community-based testing is a good way to overcome those barriers, but it can be labour intensive. Self-testing can work out less expensive, and a demonstration project conducted last year clearly shows the role it can play. The findings are especially relevant to health authorities working hard to maintain essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SocialNet 2019: a real-life rehearsal on risk communication, community engagement and social science for the COVID-19 pandemic

“When COVID-19 emerged, we quickly committed to daily press conferences and answered each and every question. If we didn’t have the answer, we said so honestly and promised to get more information as soon as possible,” says Oskars Sneiders, Head of the Communication Division in the Latvian Ministry of Health. “We saw a strong effect: people really listened and followed our recommendations, which has helped us to keep case numbers down so far.

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