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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - April 2021

Newsletter - April 2021

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

1. Editorial

It is our pleasure to update you in this April newsletter with updates on EUPHA, our members, the European Public Health Week, 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

EUPHA Working group on gender equality and Women Empowerment

On International Women’s Day, the formation was anounced of a new Working Group (WG) at EUPHA - European Public Health Association. The WG on #GenderEquality and on Women's Empowerment 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 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, and meet the United Nations #SDG5. #EUPHA4SDG5 #IWD2021 #WomenInLeadership Mindful of the need to support gender equality and the empowerment of all women, we aim to develop a comprehensive strategy to be released in April 2021. We welcome the input and the involvement of EUPHA members and of everyone active in European and global public health, or in related efforts across sectors.

New EUPHA Law and public health section (EUPHA-LAW)

There is a growing recognition that law as a discipline has a major role to play in framing effective public health strategies and interventions to promote and prevent public’s health. To respond to this, EUPHA has established a new Law and public health section ( Professor Amandine Garde (University of Liverpool) has been elected as President of the section. The section will be launched on 20th May 2021, 15.00 to 17.00 CEST (Brussels time).
The section welcomes new members and ideas you may have by emailing Amandine Garde, Section President, (email: and/or Nikhil Gokani, Section Vice-President, (email:
You can join the Section here.

Webinar: Unleashing the Power of Law to Promote Better Health for All

When: Thursday, 20th May 2021, at 14.00- 16.00 BST (London) / 15.00 – 17.00 CEST (Brussels)
Registration (no fees):
The webinar is organised by the European Public Health Association Law and Public Health section in collaboration with the UK Faculty of Public Health. The webinar will consider the role and power of law to contribute to solutions to pressing health challenges through regulatory interventions and framing of effective strategies to promote and protect the public’s health.
Programme and speakers:
Professor Lawrence Gostin (Georgetown University; WHO Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights) - Legal determinants of health - leaving no one behind 
Professor Amandine Garde (Law & NCD Unit, University of Liverpool) -Maximising legal opportunities by better understanding legal constraints
Professor Markus Frischhut (MCI) - EU Law, common values and public health
Dr Anniek de Ruijter (University of Amsterdam) - Law, governance and public health in Europe
Roundtable discussion with Professor Martin McKee and the panel, chaired by Dr Farhang Tahzib
Further information:

EUPHA joins the Beating Cancer Stakeholder Group

EUPHA has joined the Beating Cancer Stakeholder Contact Group on the Health Policy Platform. The working group will likely focus on the four pillars of the Plan, and will support its implementation. We are looking forward to the many fruitful discussions with other network members. 

European Journal of Public Health goes for Open Access

EUPHA's scientific journal - the European Journal of Public Health - will go fully Open Access as of 1 January 2022. In order to prepare for this change, the Open Access fee will apply to all articles submitted on or after the 1st of June 2021 (if accepted for publication). More information will be available soon at:  

3. European Public Health Week

Submit your event by 5 May

You still have a few days to share your activity here to ensure it’s listed on the EUPHW calendar for others to join you.

Featured webinars to kick off each theme

Don’t miss rich sessions co-hosted by EUPHA and key European organisations each morning:

  • 17 May, 10:30-12:00 CET: “Infodemic management: Social listening to public health action.” - Hosted by the World Health Organization’s Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN). Register here
  • 18 May, 11:00-12:30 CET: “COVID-19 impact on people with mental health conditions and beyond”. – Hosted with GAMIAN-Europe. View programme here and register here
  • 19 May, 10:00-11:00 CET: “Local spaces and places - How healthy is your city?” - Hosted by WHO Europe Healthy Cities Network. Register here
  • 20 May, 10:00-11:30 CET: “Sustainable and nutritious diets for healthier populations”. Hosted with EFAD. Register here
  • 21 May, 10:00-11:30 CET: “COVID-19 and Health Inequalities: applying the lessons to deliver change”. Hosted with EuroHealthNet. Register here

Mark your diaries with other EUPHW events
We already have about 60 events in 9 languages! Take a look at our growing EUPHW calendar:
Monday 17 May: Communicating science and health
Tuesday 18 May: New challenges in mental health
Wednesday 19 May: Your local community
Thursday 20 May: All for one health
Friday 21 May: Leaving no one behind
Learn all you need to know in less than 2 minutes.

The European Public Health Week is an initiative by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) supported by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Co-funded under an operating grant from the European Union’s Health Programme.

4. European Public Health Conference


Public health futures in a changing world

Abstract submission for the virtual 14th EPH Conference 2021 closes 1 May, 18:00 pm CET. Abstracts are invited for workshops, oral presentations and E-posters. Prizes will be awarded for the best oral, poster and early career professional’s presentation. Abstracts do not have to be confined to the conference theme but can cover any aspect of public health. Check the submission topics here.
Accepted abstracts are published in the Abstract Supplement of the European Journal of Public Health (5y impact factor 3,134).
Join the largest public health event in Europe. More information on our website.

Registration for the virtual 14th EPH Conference is open. You can benefit from early bird registration fees until 1 September. We are expecting over 1,500 delegates. Meet your colleagues virtually at the largest public health event in Europe during three fully packed conference days. Registration fees for the virtual edition have been substantially reduced: EUPHA members pay €210 before 1 September, non-members €270, Students, trainees and colleagues from low- and middle-income countries only €140 (all including VAT). More information here

Learning from the pandemic and getting ready for the next one
Thursday 11 November 2021, 16:20 – 17:20 CET.
In this ‘learning from the pandemic’, organised by EUPHA and the European Commission, we ask panellists from different professional fields to reflect on the successes and failures in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has shown us that most countries were not focusing their emergency preparedness plans in the correct direction. Covid-19 is a long-term health event, with serious impact on so many different sectors. Governments of a wide range of levels of competency, and covering much of the political spectrum, all failed to address the pandemic effectively, both from the health point of view and from the social point of view. So, what can we learn from our successes and from our failures? Moderators are Isabel de la Mata, European Commision and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA. Panellists will be announced shortly.

Public health has changed a lot in the last thirty years. New subdisciplines have grown up in that time. Has the core practice of public health changed? In a series of plenary sessions we will look for answers how we need to identify futures for our discipline. More information on the plenary programme can be found: 

As with in-person EPH Conferences, the virtual edition will have a vast programme with more than 150 parallel sessions (workshops and oral sessions) and twenty E-poster sessions. All sessions will be 60 minutes and live streamed through the virtual platform. All sessions will be recorded for delegates to view at a later stage. There will be network sessions to meet your colleagues. EUPHA Sections are organizing their annual Join-the-Network meetings and pre-conferences.

5. EUPHA members update

New board members at the Serbian Public Health Association

EUPHA welcomes Dr Dragoslav Popović as the new President of the Serbian Public Health Association. We woudl like to thank Dr Snezana Simic, former president, for her wonderful contribution to EUPHA over the years. 

EHESP 18th summer school

From June 28th to July 2th, the health university department Santé de Besançon, the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of Bourgogne Franche-Comté, the EHESP, the French National Public Health Agency (Santé Publique France) and their partners organise the 18th edition of the french-speaking summer school of public health.
This online training will include group teaching, individual work sessions, debates, a daily newspaper and a closing event. This summer school aims at collectively answering public health issues connected with current events. 
Deadline for registration: 31 May

6. European Journal of Public Health

Volume 31, Issue 2, April 2021

Inter-species health equity
Johan P Mackenbach

The legacy of an ideology: a decade on from benefits as lifestyle choice
Ruth Patrick, Aaron Reeves

The bigger, the better? A systematic review on the impact of mergers on primary care organizations Gianfranco Damiani, Domenico Pascucci, Alessandro Sindoni, Rosario Mete, Walter Ricciardi, Paolo Villari, Corrado De Vito

Public support for European cooperation in the procurement, stockpiling and distribution of medicines
Roel Beetsma, Brian Burgoon, Francesco Nicoli, Anniek de Ruijter, Frank Vandenbroucke

The role of motivational and legal contexts in understanding support for tissue donation across 27 European countries
Nga TQ Nguyen, Alexander P Maxwell, Michael Donnelly, Ciaran O’Neill


Migration or ethnic minority status and risk of autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability: systematic review
Maki Morinaga, Dheeraj Rai, Anna-Clara Hollander, Nuhamin Petros, Christina Dalman ...

Development and validation of a questionnaire to assess Unaccompanied Migrant Minors’ needs (AEGIS-Q)
Maria Luisa Di Pietro, Drieda Zaçe, Leuconoe Grazia Sisti, Emanuela Maria Frisicale, Alice Corsaro …

Home and away: mortality among Finnish-born migrants in Sweden compared to native Swedes and Finns residing in Finland
Olof Östergren, Kaarina Korhonen, Nina-Katri Gustafsson, Pekka Martikainen

Infant mortality among native-born children of immigrants in France, 2008–17: results from a socio-demographic panel survey
Matthew Wallace, Myriam Khlat, Michel Guillot

The association between migration and smoke-free families: how do migrants from different world regions compare?
Martin Mlinarić, Emma Kohler, Anton E Kunst, Vincent Lorant, Arja Rimpelä ...

The influence of marital status and partner concordance on participation in colorectal cancer screening
Mie Agermose Gram, Christina Therkildsen, Rebecca B Clarke, Klaus K Andersen, Lina S Mørch ...

Inequalities and risk factors related to non-participation in colorectal cancer screening programmes: a systematic review
Saloa Unanue-Arza, Maite Solís-Ibinagagoitia, Marta Díaz-Seoane, Isabel Mosquera-Metcalfe, Isabel Idigoras ...

Efforts needed for preventing breast and colorectal cancer through changes in dietary patterns
Patrick Mullie, Gilles Guillot, Cécile Pizot, Philippe Autier, Peter Boyle

Association between health literacy and colorectal cancer screening behaviors in adults in Northwestern Turkey
Nuket Pancar, Yeliz Mercan

Effectiveness of a school-based randomized controlled trial aimed at increasing physical activity time in adolescents
Lidiane da C Morais, Vitor Barreto Paravidino, Mauro F F Mediano, Raycauan Benthroldo, Tatiana R Gonçalves ...

Trends in active commuting to school from 2003 to 2017 among children and adolescents from Germany: the MoMo Study
Anne K Reimers, Isabel Marzi, Steffen C E Schmidt, Claudia Niessner, Doris Oriwol ...

Psychosocial health of adolescents in relation to underweight, overweight/obese status: the EU NET ADB survey
Georgia Drosopoulou, Theodoros N Sergentanis, Georgios Mastorakos,
Elpis Vlachopapadopoulou, Stefanos Michalacos ...

Exposure to multiple childhood social risk factors and adult body mass index trajectories from ages 20 to 64 years
Rishi Caleyachetty, Mai Stafford, Rachel Cooper, Emma L Anderson, Laura D Howe ...

Identifying the views of adolescents in five European countries on the drivers of obesity using group model building
Natalie Savona, Talia Macauley, Anaely Aguiar, Anna Banik, Monika Boberska ...

Mid-adolescent ethnic variations in overweight prevalence in the UK Millennium Cohort Study
Michelle Stennett, Alex Blokland, Richard G Watt, Anja Heilmann

Electronic cigarette use among 14- to 17-year-olds in Europe
Jaana M Kinnunen, Arja H Rimpelä, Pirjo L Lindfors, Luke Clancy, Joana Alves ...

Mixed evidence for the compression of morbidity hypothesis for smoking elimination—a systematic literature review
Charlotte M Dieteren, Timor Faber, Job van Exel, Werner B F Brouwer, Johan P Mackenbach ...

Brief alcohol intervention at a municipal registry office: reach and retention
Caroline E Enders, Andreas Staudt, Jennis Freyer-Adam, Christian Meyer, Sabina Ulbricht ...

Trends in adolescent drinking across 39 high-income countries: exploring the timing and magnitude of decline
Rakhi Vashishtha, Amy Pennay, Paul Dietze, Melvin Barrientos Marzan, Robin Room ...

A scoping review of qualitative research on perceptions of one’s own alcohol use
Stephanie Morris, Duncan Stewart, Mary Madden, Jim McCambridge

Correlates of the use of electronic devices to vape cannabis in a cohort of young Swiss male reporting current cannabis use
Daniel Fuster, Joseph Studer, Gerhard Gmel, Nicolas Bertholet

Correlates of patterns of cannabis use, abuse and dependence: evidence from two national surveys in Ireland
Seán R Millar, Deirdre Mongan, Claire O’Dwyer, Jean Long, Bobby P Smyth ...

Johan P. Mackenbach. A History of Population Health: Rise and Fall of Disease in Europe
Diana M J Delnoij

European Public Health News
Dineke Zeegers Paget, Iveta Nagyova, Monica Brinzac, Carina Ferreira-Borges, Nino Berdzuli ...

7. Call for proposals, job opportunities

DIGNITY is looking for a Post Doc (2 years)

Would you like contribute to a unique project were your time will be divided between Denmark and several other countries? And do you have a Ph.D., and the will to contribute to the important work at DIGNITY?
Then DIGNITY - Danish Institute Against Torture can offer you an exciting opportunity in a post-doc position for the Safe Communities Safe Schools (SCSS) research project in Indonesia. The position is funded for a 2 year period and placed in DIGNITYs Department for International Programmes.
More information on the project, the position and requirements can be found in the link

8. Interesting news

Coronavirus Politics: The Comparative Politics and Policy of COVID-19

This book identifies key threads in the global comparative discussion that continue to shed light on COVID-19 and shape debates about what it means for scholarship in health and comparative politics.
At EUPHA, we welcome the initiative to make the whole book available open access.

The Sex, Gender and COVID-19 Health Policy Portal

The Sex, Gender and COVID-19 Health Policy Portal offers the most comprehensive review of the recognition of and response to sex and gender in national COVID-19 public health policies globally. It collates and reviews over 450 policies and policy excerpts from 76 countries across all WHO regions and World Bank income groups.

Burned out by the pandemic, 3 in 10 health-care workers consider leaving the profession

'It’s not just the danger they’ve endured, they say. Many talked about the betrayal and hypocrisy they feel from the public they have sacrificed so much to save — their clapping and hero-worship one day, then refusal to wear masks and take basic precautions the next, even if it would spare health workers the trauma of losing yet another patient.'

World Health Organization recognises LSHTM's expertise on climate change and health

Research into climate change and health has been significantly strengthened thanks to a new partnership between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health (CCCPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
CCCPH has become an official WHO Collaborating Centre, institutions that have been designated by the WHO Director-General to conduct activities in support of the Organization's programmes.

What we're getting wrong in the conversation about mental health

The Guardian | Opinion
'We need to gain confidence in talking about mental health and illness not as a neat dichotomy but a messy, nuanced spectrum.'

Public Health Ethics Reading Groups

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised many ethical issues pertaining to public health emergencies and further raised the profile and importance of public health ethics.
FPH Ethics Committee is keen to support development of reading groups in public health ethics as part of its efforts to advance the discourse, scholarship and practice.
There are plans for a reading group coordinated by Dr Sadie Regmi, starting in June 2021, with support by senior ethicists. It has been suggested that the reading groups will comprise 8-10 professionals and academics.  Please send your CV along with a short paragraph of your academic or professional interest to apply to be part of the reading group to:
Further ideas, views and information would be also be welcome by contacting  

9. Upcoming courses and conferences

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

Advancing Essential Public Health Functions to Prevent the Next Pandemic
6 May 2021 / Online event
Organiser: PAHO, WFPHA

Ending Child Food Poverty: Developing a Long-Term Strategy that Leaves No Child Behind
6 May 2021 / Online event
Organiser: Public Policy Exchange

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

Call for abstracts - 11th IUHPE European Conference on Health Promotion and 6th International Conference on Salutogenesis
15 Jun 2021 - 18 Jun 2021 / Girona, Spain
Organiser: IUHPE

20th Annual International Conference on Health Economics, Management & Policy
21 Jun 2021 - 24 Jun 2021 / Athens, Greece
Organiser: Athens Institute for Education and Research

Annual summer short course: Exploring the Linkages between Mental Well-Being and Physical Health Outcomes
12 Jul 2021 - 16 Jul 2021 / London, United Kingdom
Organiser: The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness and the Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health

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

9th International Festival of Public Health
19 Jul 2021 - 23 Jul 2021 / Online event
Organiser: University of Manchester

Master's Programme in Public Health (one-year) 2021-2022
30 Aug 2021 / Umeå, Sweden
Organiser: Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Sweden

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

IRCOBI European conference
8 Sep 2021 - 10 Sep 2021 / Munich Germany
Organiser: International Research Council of Biomechanics of Injury

Call for Abstracts for EHMA Annual Conference 2021
15 Sep 2021 - 17 Sep 2021 / Virtual event
Organiser: European Health Management Association (EHMA)

XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work
19 Sep 2021 - 22 Sep 2021 / Toronto, Canada
Organiser: International Labour Organization (ILO); International Social September Security Association (ISSA); Institute for Work & Health (IWH) & Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS)

8th RSS 2021 International Conference
22 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021 / Athens, Greece
Organiser: National Technical University of Athens, Road Safety Observatory September (NRSO) in cooperation with the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE)

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

1st North American Conference on Integrated Care
4 Oct 2021 - 7 Oct 2021 / Virtual event
Organiser: IFIC, University of Toronto, KPMG Canada, HSPN and iCOACH

IASR/AFSP international summit on Suicide Research
24 Oct 2021 - 27 Oct 2021 / Barcelona, Spain
Organiser: International Academy of Suicide Research & American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

FERSI Conference 2021
28 Oct 2021 - 29 Oct 2021 /
Organiser: Forum of European Road Safety Research Organisations (FERSI)

34th International Papillomavirus Conference & Basic Science, Clinical and Public Health Workshops (IPVC 2021)
15 Nov 2021 - 19 Nov 2021 / Online event
Organiser: International Papillomavirus Society

EU Falls Festival- Falls prevention: Getting things done in practice
4 Apr 2022 - 5 Apr 2022 / Leuven, Belgium
Organiser: Centre of Expertise for Fall and Fracture Prevention Flanders

10th European Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (EU- Safety 2021)
23 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022 / Vienna, Austria
Organiser: EuroSafe in collaboration with the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV)

10. Interesting publications

Using the COVID-19 pandemic to reimagine global health teaching in high-income countries

The BMJ | Editorial | 1 April 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we live, work and communicate. Global health teaching is no exception. Across universities, professors have had to quickly redesign their courses, and deliver them virtually, even as the pandemic continues to bring new challenges every day. Out of that struggle, new learning opportunities have emerged.

Health of women and children is central to COVID-19 recovery

The BMJ | Analysis | 14 April 2021
In this paper, the authors argue that new economic policies focusing on the wellbeing of women and children will produce a fairer, stronger, and more resilient society.

The potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global antimicrobial and biocide resistance: an AMR Insights global perspective

JAC-Antimicrobial Resistance | 8 April 2021
In this publication, the authors present a brief overview of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated issues that could influence the pandemic’s effect on global AMR.

Effect of socioeconomic inequalities and vulnerabilities on health-system preparedness and response to COVID-19 in Brazil: a comprehensive analysis

The Lancet Global Health | Analysis | 12 April 2021
This article aims to understand the relationships between health-system preparedness, responses to COVID-19, and the pattern of spread of the epidemic which is particularly important in a country marked by wide inequalities in socioeconomic characteristics (eg, housing and employment status) and other health risks (age structure and burden of chronic disease).

Views of health professionals on climate change and health: a multinational survey study

The Lancet Planetary Health | Viewpoint | 7 April 2021
In this article, the authors offer recommendations on how to strengthen and support health professional education and advocacy activities to address the human health challenges of climate change.

Children in All Policies 2030: a new initiative to implement the recommendations of in All Policies 2030: a new initiative to implement the recommendations of the WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission

On April 21, 2021, the Children in All Policies 2030 (CAP-2030) was launched, with the support of WHO, UNICEF, and The Lancet. Its ambition is to join its voice to those of children and young people, activists, civil society institutions, religious groups, UN organisations, politicians, governments, private sector leaders, academics, and others working to centre children's health and wellbeing in the urgent work of sustainable development.

Public health competences through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic: what matters for health workforce preparedness for global health emergencies?

Katarzyna Czabanowska, Ellen Kuhlmann

Editorial: Global health and health workforce development: what to learn from COVID-19 on health workforce preparedness and resilience?

Ellen Kuhlmann, Gilles Dussault, Tiago Correia

Prioritizing people and rapid learning in times of crisis: a virtual learning initiative to support health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Beth Engelbrecht, Lucy Gilson, Pierre Barker, Krish Vallabhjee, Gareth Kantor, Mike Budden, Anita Parbhoo, Uta Lehmann

11. European Commission news

Joint Statement on European Immunization Week 2021: Celebrating the past, present and future benefits of vaccines

On the occasion of European Immunization Week 2021, Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Hans Henri P. Kluge, Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, and Afshan Khan, Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), made a joint statement.

Further crucial step for the Digital Green Certificate: Member States agree on technical specifications

The agreed technical specification covers data structure and encoding mechanisms, describes the EU gateway, and describes reference implementations for software to issue Digital Green Certificates.

Mental health and the pandemic: registration open for European Commission event

Registration is now open to hear the voice of those affected, including people with pre-existing mental health problems and those providing care. Whilst policies and services addressing mental health are the responsibility of individual EU countries, this event will share examples and promising practices, exploring what we know and what we need to understand better, and discuss how to ensure that our health systems are well enough equipped, today and in the future.

Register now for the 10 May European Commission event: Mental health and the pandemic: living, caring, acting!

What does it mean to live in a world defined by COVID-19 and to provide care in this pandemic age? Plan to attend this virtual event, hosted by Commissioner Kyriakides, on 10 May 2021 to gain a better understanding of the mental health impact of COVID-19.
This one-day virtual event takes place during European Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 and aims to highlight the mental health impact of COVID-19. It gives a voice to those who have been affected; looking at the situation of different groups in our society, including people with pre-existing mental health problems and those providing care. The event provides the opportunity for sharing examples and promising practices, exploring what we know and what we need to understand better and discussing how to ensure that our health systems are well-equipped, now and in the future

The event will bring together a wide array of speakers, including representatives from EU countries, the European Commission, European Parliament as well as from patient organisations, non-governmental organisations, health professionals, civil society and international organisations. The conference language will be English.
Participation and registration are open to all. Depending on interest from registered participants, international sign language interpretation will be available for the plenary sessions plus one break-out session per time slot. Please indicate interest in the registration form.

12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

EMA and ECDC join forces for enhanced post-marketing monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines in Europe

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) kicked off a new initiative aimed at strengthening post-marketing monitoring of the safety, effectiveness and impact of COVID-19 vaccines in the EU/EEA.

Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 13, 01 April 2021

Rapid communication
Linked transmission chains of imported SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.351 across mainland France, January 2021
Prior infection by seasonal coronaviruses, as assessed by serology, does not prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection and disease in children, France, April to June 2020
Job vacancy at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 14, 08 April 2021

Exotic dried fruits caused Agbeni outbreak with severe clinical presentation, Norway, December 2018 to March 2019 A cross-border outbreak of Bareilly cases confirmed by whole genome sequencing, Czech Republic and Slovakia, 2017 to 2018
Determining the communicable period of SARS-CoV-2: A rapid review of the literature, March to September 2020
Characteristics and risk factors for SARS-CoV-2 in children tested in the early phase of the pandemic: a cross-sectional study, Italy, 23 February to 24 May 2020

Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 15, 15 April 2021

Rapid communication
Impact of January 2021 curfew measures on SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 circulation in France
Temporal and regional incidence of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales, Switzerland, 2013 to 2018
SARS-CoV-2 infection in schools in a northern French city: a retrospective serological cohort study in an area of high transmission, France, January to April 2020
Author's correction
Correction for Euro Surveill. 2020;26(11)

COVID-19 vaccines

To celebrate the European Immunization Week, the ECDC has created a new COVID-19 collection that will be updated weekly, as they publish new articles on the topic.

Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 16, 22 April 2021

Rapid communication
Characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern B.1.1.7, B.1.351 or P.1: data from seven EU/EEA countries, weeks 38/2020 to 10/2021
Detection of the new SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 in five SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen tests (RATs), Germany, March 2021
Job vacancy at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

13. WHO news

Statement for EIW 2021 - This week we celebrate the role of vaccines in bringing us closer

European Immunization Week this year is like no other we have celebrated before. Today we are in the midst of an unprecedented COVID-19 vaccine rollout across the world that offers us optimism that “vaccines will bring us closer” again.

Institutionalizing health technology assessment mechanisms: a how to guide

The WHO is increasingly supporting countries to develop institutionalised health technology assessment mechanisms to support decision making about which interventions to reimburse for universal health coverage benefit packages. This guidance note provides checklists to support implementation in each chapter.

Spending on health in Europe: entering a new era

This report analyses health spending in 53 countries in the WHO European Region from 2000 to 2018 (the latest year for which internationally comparable data are available). It reviews key patterns and trends in health spending over time and across countries in 5 different areas.

New report from WHO on health spending calls on governments not to repeat past mistakes when rebuilding from COVID-19

A new report from the WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Financing has highlighted the need for governments to maintain a higher level of public spending on health for the wider benefit of society despite expected budgetary pressures following the pandemic.

United action for stronger quality of care in the European Region - WHO supports Greece in building a national health system for the 21st century

During his visit to Greece, WHO’s Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, opened a new centre of excellence in Athens focusing on quality of care and patient safety.

Using the arts to improve health: WHO pioneers large-scale, arts-based health interventions

A new partnership project initiated by WHO/Europe and the Nordic Culture Fund sets out to explore effective and sustainable strategies for integrating arts and culture into the wider health-care sector. Led by WHO/Europe’s flagship unit on behavioural and cultural insights for health, it will bring together academics, artists, cultural institutions, health-care practitioners and policy-makers from different countries.

WHO, FAO, and OIE call for stronger coordination in mitigating health threats

In a joint statement, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and WHO, committed to strengthening multisectoral coordination and efforts to combat health threats associated with interactions between humans, animals and the environment across Europe and Central Asia.

Frontline stories: mental health of health care workers in the COVID-19 pandemic

A short film produced by the WHO Regional Office for Europe shows health care workers talking about the mental health and well-being challenges they have been facing while caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Designing cities for health: how to change urban environments for the better?

Living in cities has been linked to higher exposure to pollution, lack of physical exercise, and a resulting increase in noncommunicable diseases. However, innovations in urban design can reverse this trend and show how cities can make people’s health better.

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