|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - March 2021
At the start of Spring, it is our pleasure to update you in this March newsletter. EUPHA sections continue to be active in the organisation of webinars to discuss current issues (including COVID-19) with specialists in the field. The organisation of the 3rd edition of the European Public Health Week is going smoothly, so don't forget to be part of this week. Further updates include interesting publications, conferences and the latest news from ECDC, European Commission and WHO Regional office for Europe.
Wishing you pleasant reading,
Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director
2. EUPHA update
Improved web pages for EUPHA Sections
Cancelled! 2nd midterm conference of EUPHA Health Workforce Research section, Lisbon, Portugal, 10-11 June 2021
Unfortunately, the planned midterm conference co-organised by the EUPHA Health workforce research section in Lisbon had to be cancelled, as it is highly unlikely that the COVID-19 pandemic situation will permit travel in June. Those who were planning to present their work there are invited to re-submit their abstract for the Virtual EPH Conference, which is held from 10-12 November.
EUPHA signs the advocacy statement on the Need for Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration in the Fight Against COVID-19
The World Federation of Public Health Associations, the Alliance of Public Health Associations of the Americas, the European Public Health Association, the African Federation of Public Health Associations, and the Asia Pacific Regional Liaison Office call on regional societies and national public health associations to re-emphasize their commitment to collaborate and to continue strengthening global partnerships.https://drive.infomaniak.com/app/share/1...
New - EUPHA Working Group on Gender equality and women's empowerment - SDG5
On International Women’s Day, EUPHA announced the formation of a new Working Group (WG) on Gender equality and on women’s empowerment. The WG will focus on capturing the perspectives of all EUPHA Sections to comprehensively map the needs, the priorities and key actioning areas in European and global public health in order to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and meet Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) of the United Nations.
Successful webinar: COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake among Migrants & Ethnic Minorities: Challenges & Opportunities
The Global Society on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health (GSMERH) COVID-19 Working Group and the EUPHA Migrant and ethnic minority section in collaboration with Amsterdam UMC, Global Health Section organized a Webinar entitled ‘COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake among Migrants & Ethnic Minorities: Challenges & Opportunities’ on 25 March. The webinar brought together leading experts to discuss this key question: what can be done to achieve equitable vaccine accessibility and maximise uptake among migrants and ethnic minorities across the world? The meeting was chaired by Prof Charles Agyemang, Prof Bernadette Kumar & Prof Laurence Gruer. Presentations by four eminent speakers were followed by a panel discussion with the speakers and questions from the audience. The Webinar was highly successful with 468 people from around 50 countries joining through Zoom.
The recording of the event is available until April 25 via
Virtual seminar by the EUPHA Social security, work and health section
On 16 March the EUPHA Social security, work and health section organised a seminar, which around 50 persons attended. Due to the pandemic, it is difficult for young researchers to meet others with similar research interests. EUPHA-SSWH wanted to test a digital meeting room for presentations of recent research among younger researchers, and to support networking between research groups. The Future group in EUPHA-SSWH, led by Emilie Friberg at Karolinska Institutet, planned and conducted the seminar.
EUPHA Public health and law Section Launch Webinar - "Unleashing the Power of Law to Promote Better Health for All"
Registration is open for the EUPHA public health and law Section launch webinar, which is being co-hosted as a session of the international webinar series on Public Health Ethics, Law and Human Rights for the Future of Humanity.
Thursday 20th May 2021, 14:00-16:00 BST (London) / 15:00-17:00 CET (Brussels).
Programme and speakers:
Chair: Dr Farhang Tahzib (Faculty of Public Health, and EUPHA-LAW Steering Committee member)
Attendance is free but registration is required: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_so7HaSz6Sx24hHlIZoLsoA
3. European Public Health Week
Host events and spread the word
Host your own event: Find inspiration and submit your event by 5 May so others can join
4. European Public Health Conference
14th European public health conference , 10 - 12 November 2021
5. EUPHA members update
New EUPHA members
We are happy to anounce that two new members have joined our network.
Nutri-Score: the EHESP School of Public Health signs the Call to implement the front-of-pack nutrition label in Europe
European scientists signed a Call to implement Nutri-Score in Europe, a simple and transparent front-of-pack food label with rigorous scientific support, intended to guide dietary choices and thus contribute to chronic disease prevention. Through its Dean Laurent Chambaud, the EHESP – an institutional member of EUPHA and member of ASPHER – joins the many scientists and health professionals who have signed this appeal, and is working to ensure that the Schools of public health in all the Member States support and relay this declarationhttps://www.ehesp.fr/en/2021/03/17/nutri...
6. European Journal of Public Health
Advance articles - March 2021
The association of migration with multiple tobacco product use among male adults in 15 low- and middle-income countries
Role of social support in the relationship between financial hardship and multimorbidity—a causal mediation analysis
Tobacco taxes for improving welfare and distributional outcomes: the case of Georgia
7. Call for proposals, job opportunities
Apply to the SPHeRE PhD Programme
The intake for the Structured Population and Health-services Research Education programme is for September 2021. The application deadline is 19 April.
More information can be found in the link.https://www.sphereprogramme.ie/apply/
8. Interesting news
PHIRI project - March newsletter
On November 1st 2020, the PHIRI project (Population Health Information Research Infrastructure for COVID-19) was officially launched. PHIRI’s vision is to implement a research infrastructure to facilitate and generate the best available evidence for research on health and well-being of populations as impacted by COVID-19.
Targeting the European Commission: The 7 Lobbying Techniques of Big Tobacco
A new report from the European Public Health Alliance and Corporate Europe Observatory analyses key contacts between the European Commission (EC) and the tobacco industry to better understand why the EC has struggled to implement a consistent policy around tobacco industry meetings.https://exposetobacco.org/wp-content/upl...
Ten steps to gender equity: The BMJ's resolutions
'When the journal previously wrote about the underrepresentation of women in the discourse and decision making on covid-19, they were challenged to commit to policies and guidelines that enable better representation of women in our publications and structures. Here, then, are ten changes that we are making to promote gender equity across The BMJ'.https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2021/03/08/ten...
Public health foresight in light of COVID-19
This foresight exercise, conducted by EuroHealthNet and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment of the Netherlands (RIVM), aimed to understand and discuss some of the trends and challenges but also the potential opportunities that have arisen from the pandemic, to inform members’ strategies and their work.https://eurohealthnet.eu/sites/eurohealt...
Mobilizing Messages: How six cities are communicating about COVID-19
'This articles highlights six cities within the Partnership for Healthy cities global network that have created COVID-19 communication campaigns in recent months to promote awareness and healthy behaviors. Adapted to meet local needs, most of the campaigns are based on the 3 W’s: —wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance.'https://www.vitalstrategies.org/vital-st...
Covid-19: Vaccine hesitancy fell after vaccination programme started
The BMJ | 26 March 2021
Brussels Silent on Vaccinating Undocumented Migrants
'Undocumented persons are being left out of COVID-19 national vaccination programmes and Brussels remains alarmingly silent about it. This should come as no surprise as migration is a toxic issue and governments in EU countries are now under immense pressure to vaccinate their own citizens as soon as possible.
9. Upcoming courses and conferences
10. Interesting publications
The hidden burden of eating disorders: an extension of estimates from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019
The Lancet Psychiatry | Article | 3 March 2021
The changing climates of global health
The BMJ Global Health | Commentary | 23 March 2021
Comparative efficacy of interventions for reducing symptoms of depression in people with dementia: systematic review and network meta-analysis
The BMJ | Research | 24 March 2021
Post-acute COVID-19 syndrome
Nature | Review Article | 22 March 2021
Global, regional, and national mortality trends in youth aged 15-24 years between 1990 and 2019: a systematic analysis
The Lancet Global Health
Trends in inequalities in disability in Europe between 2002 and 2017
Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health | Original article | 5 March 2021
Global health without sexual and reproductive health and rights? Analysis of United Nations documents and country statements, 2014-2019
The BMJ Global Health | Original Research | 29 March 2021
11. European Commission news
Commission welcomes European Parliament's adoption of EU4Health programme
The Commission welcomes the vote of the European Parliament on the EU4Health programme, marking an important step towards making €5.1 billion available to strengthen the resilience of health systems and promote innovation in the health sector.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
European Commission authorises fourth safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19
On March 11th, the European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID developed by Janssen Pharmaceutica NV. This is the fourth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
Coronavirus: Commission proposes a Digital Green Certificate
Key elements of the regulation proposed by the Commission:
The Digital Green Certificate system is a temporary measure. It will be suspended once the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of the COVID-19 international health emergency.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
Statement following the European Medicines Agency review of the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca
'As the European Medicines Agency has clearly stated today, the benefits of the vaccine in combating COVID-19 continue to outweigh the risks of side effects. It is an effective and safe vaccine that greatly contributes to the efforts to address the impact of COVID-19 and the very serious health risks of an infection.'https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
Commission welcomes entry into force of the EU4Health programme
EU4Health will make a significant contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery by making the EU population healthier, supporting the fight against cross-border health threats and boosting the EU's preparedness and capability to respond effectively to future health crisis, as part of a future strong European Health Union.
COVID-19: EU helps to deliver vaccines to Moldova and medical items to Montenegro and North Macedonia
The EU is supporting Romania in delivering 50,400 doses of vaccines to Moldova in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This delivery follows Moldova's request for vaccines through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The Commission coordinates and finances up to 75% of the costs for transporting the assistance.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
Coronavirus: Commission adopts a common approach to track COVID-19 through wastewater monitoring
The European Commission adopted a Recommendation on monitoring COVID-19 and its variants in wastewaters in the EU.
Work as an expert: Call for expression of interest 2021-2027
The European Union Institutions appoint external experts to assist in the evaluation of grant applications, projects and tenders, and to provide opinions and advice in specific cases. The new call for expression of interest for experts for the programming period 2021-2027 is now open.https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tender...
12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 9, 04 March 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 10, 11 March 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 11, 18 March 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 12, 25 March 2021
Rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the EU/EEA: challenges and good practice
The aim of this report is to share the challenges countries are facing with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine deployment process. It also aims to share lessons learned and good practice that countries have put in place to mitigate the challenges.https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publicatio...
13. WHO news
Statement - International Women's Day: the need to build back better, with women in the lead
This statement by Dr Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, carries out three key messages:
EUPHA welcomes this statement and emphasizes the need to empower and support women leaders in European and global public health.https://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre...
Republic of Moldova prepares for COVID-19 vaccine deployment
An unprecedented readiness drill was conducted in the Republic of Moldova in preparation for the arrival of the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines. The drill was organized by the national health authorities with support from WHO, in anticipation of the country’s first delivery of vaccines through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility.https://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/re...
Inspiring change: women's leadership in health care is vital during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
COVID-19 continues to exacerbate existing inequalities and place a disproportionate burden on women, including in health-care settings. Women health workers are faced with increased workloads, a gender pay gap, shortages of personal protective equipment that fits them, and harassment and violence as they respond to the pandemic on the frontlines.https://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/se...
WHO/Europe and ECDC joint press release: Ending tuberculosis is a race against time and drug resistance
The tuberculosis burden in the WHO European Region as a whole is decreasing, and is down 19% overall for 2015–2019, according to the latest WHO/ECDC report "Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2021" (2019 data). However, despite this progress, the EU/EEA is not currently on track to reach the goal of ending the TB epidemic by 2030.https://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre...
A call to action: national governments and the global community must act now
The Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development called on governments, economic and social stakeholders, and international organizations to rethink their broad policy priorities, to step up investments and reforms in health- and social-care systems, and to upgrade global governance of public goods, such as health and the environment.
Serbia's COVID-19 vaccination campaign off to a strong start
In Serbia, more than 1 million people, or over 13% of the country’s population, have now been vaccinated against the virus responsible for COVID-19. This early success provides a strong foundation for the broader population-wide campaign yet to come.https://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/se...
The quality-of-care agenda in fragile, conflict-affected and vulnerable settings
This document outlines a practical approach to taking action for quality of care in settings of fragility, conflict and vulnerability. It provides a starting point for planning and implementing action for quality health services that are effective, safe, people-centred, timely, efficient, equitable and integrated.https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/hand...
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