|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - September 2020
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
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.https://youtu.be/vC1VYkD45QA
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).https://eupha.org/repository/advocacy/Pu...
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.https://medium.com/european-public-healt...
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
3. European Public Health Conference
WCPH2020: GET CONNECTED TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCERegister 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.
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.
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.
PROTECTING THE MOST VULNERABLE AGAINST 2020-21 INFLUENZA: THE OPENING MOVE
TRUE BURDEN OF INFLUENZA AND PROSPECTS FOR PREVENTION IN OLDER ADULTS
DEFEATING MENINGOCOCCAL MENINGITIS IS IN OUR HANDS! HOW POLICY MAKERS ARE SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTING ROUTINE VACCINATION CAMPAIGNS ACROSS ALL AGES
OPERATIONAL SERVICE ON CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS TO PUBLIC HEALTH
EYE HEALTH: 2020 YEAR OF VISION - ADDRESSING EYE HEALTH NEEDS IN A POST-COVID WORLD
PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSES AND GOVERNMENT MEASURES TO COMBAT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN CHINA
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
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
Advance articles - September 2020
Maintaining everyday life praxis in the time of COVID-19 pandemic measures (ELP-COVID-19 survey)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org the subject line "Application for Communication Manager" by 16 October 2020 (12 PM CEST). For more information, please visit https://eupha.org/euphanxt.
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.
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.
Job offer at Department Prof. Myrskylä, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germanyhttps://eupha.org/repository/EUPHA_newsl...
7. Interesting news
We need better evidence on non-drug interventions for covid-19
The BMJ | Views and Reviews | 07 September 2020
Age in the Age of COVID-19
by Deepah Jahagirdar
First COVID-19 Global Forecast: IHME Projects Three-Quarters of a Million Lives Could be Saved by January 1
IHME | September 3, 2020
[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.https://www.youtube.com/watch
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.https://www.youtube.com/watch
How to harvest long-term health benefits of the EU4Health programme?
10 Guiding Principles for the European Commission’s new health programme
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)https://www.sdgwatcheurope.org/leaving-n...
8. Upcoming courses and conferences
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
European Drug Report 2020
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction has released its 2020 European Drug Report.
Risk of COVID-19 among front-line health-care workers and the general community: a prospective cohort study
The Lancet Public Health
Mapping intersectional inequalities in biomarkers of healthy ageing and chronic disease in older English adults
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.
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
COVID-19 in children and adolescents in Europe: a multinational, multicentre cohort study
The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
Fact sheet - Health in Prisons (2020)
World Health Organization
Diagnosis of physical and mental health conditions in primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic
The Lancet Public Health | September 23, 2020
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
10. European Commission news
Coronavirus Global Response: WHO and Commission launch the Facilitation Council to strengthen global collaboration
11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 35, 03 September 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 36, 10 September 2020
Eurosurveillance - Volume 25, Issue 37, 17 September 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
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.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
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.https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/09-...
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.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
Ministers back 5-year plan to put health in Europe on track
#RC70Europe - Day 1 - September 14, 2020
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.
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.
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.https://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/par...
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.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
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.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
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.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
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