|The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - June 2021
Welcome to our summer update. Please join us early July in one of our three webinars we are (co)organising. Don't miss the opportunity to get informed! Check out the updates from the European Commission with the new European Health programme, ECDC and WHO Europe.
Wishing you pleasant reading,
Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president, and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA executive director
2. EUPHA update
COVID-19 Response and Preparedness Seminar Series: TRIPS Waiver, Knowledge Transfer and Vaccine Distribution - 6 July
The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) in collaboration with the French Public Health Association (Société Française de Santé Publique) (SFSP), and with the support of EUPHA’s Health Technology Assessment Section (EUPHA-HTA), are organising a series of events to raise awareness and to share the knowledge of experts on key aspects regarding:
Register now: https://bit.ly/3wYgUTPhttps://eupha.org/repository/EUPHA_newsl...
Webinar: Multiple Jeopardies: Long-term Impact of COVID-19 on Migrants & Ethnic Minorities' Physical and Mental Wellbeing - 1 July
When: Thursday 1st July 2021 from 14:00 - 16:00 CET
EUPHAnxt summer event: Climate change and emerging and re-emerging infections - 8 July
EUPHAnxt, the next generation network of EUPHA, is preparing an exciting event for young professionals and students. EUPHAnxt invites you to join the online session on the 8th of July, starting at 5 pm CET.
The one hour event will be followed by an optional networking event, where all the attendees may join to network with fellow health & public health young professionals and students.
EUPHA President at Turkish Geriatrics 2021 Multidisciplinary Approach to Elderly Health Online Congress
Our EUPHA President, Iveta Nagyova was a keynote presenter at the Turkish Geriatrics 2021 Multidisciplinary Approach to Elderly Health Online Congress which was held online from June 10 – 12, 2021.
EJPH appoints Roza Adany as editor
On the 1st of June, Prof. Roza Adany has started as an additional editor at the European Journal of Public Health. Due to the increased load of incoming manuscripts, the current team of editors (Peter Allebeck, Diana Delnoij, Alastair Leyland and Walter Ricciardi) needed some strengthening. Roza was the ideal candidate, combining a strong research-base with being a representative from central and Eastern Europe.
The Law and public health section are pleased to announce that the recording of the section launch event, Unleashing the Power of Law to Promote Better Health for All, is now online here.
The section will update colleagues on the events for the European Public Health Conference, and others after the summer, shortly. Please join us to stay up to date.
Joint Letter to the Council of the European Union - Extending the mandate of the ECDC towards an integrated public health approach
Together with other members of the EU4Health Civil Society Alliance, EUPHA calls for the Council Working Party on pharmaceuticals and medical devices to strengthen the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) as part of proposals for a European Health Union.
Learning lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that extending the ECDC’s mandate will help prevent and control communicable and non-communicable diseases. It could also act as an inclusive focal point for national health authorities, policymakers as well as healthcare professionals and the broader medical and scientific community, to better tackle health inequalities and ensure an integrated approach to future health challenges and threats.
Joint statement from EU4Health Civil Society Alliance organisations on the EU4Health 2021 Work Programme.
The EU4Health 2021 Work Programme has been adopted on June 18th with a budget of EUR 312 million, which is a record level of EU investment in the area of health. However, the Commission has unilaterally decided to discontinue operating grants, a type of funding mechanism that has been used by many civil society organisations in the field of health to conduct activities that contribute to implement the Commission's priorities. This is a decision that EU4Health Civil Society Alliance organisations, including EUPHA, have difficulty in understanding, especially in the midst of an unprecedented global health crisis.
EU Health Policy Platform's thematic networks: time to vote!
In June, the EU Health Policy Platform of the European Commission invited organisations to submit proposals for new thematic networks. These temporary networks are set up to produce a Joint Statement within a year's time in a health policy area of high interest. EUPHA and EUPHA Migrant and Ethnic Minority health submitted a proposal focusing on the impact of the coronavirus on disadvantaged migrants and ethnic minorities.
Thank you for your support!https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/hpf/item/it...
4. European Public Health Conference
14TH EUROPEAN PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE, 10 - 12 NOVEMBER 2021 - VIRTUAL EDITION
Public health futures in a changing world
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION RESULTS
4. EUPHA members update
New president MAPHM
The Malta Association of Public Health Medicine (MAPHM) has a new president, Dr Sascha Reiff. We would like to congratulate him on his new appointment and welcome him to the EUPHA network. We also would like to take the opportunity to thank the outgoing president, Dr Kenneth Grech, for his long-standing commitment to the MAPHM and EUPHA.https://maphm.org/
The French Society of Public Health joins the PHIRI project
The French Society of Public Health, one of EUPHA's founding members, joins the European Federated Health Information Infrastructure (DIPoH) together with the Health Data Hub.https://www.phiri.eu/sites/phiri.eu/file...
Research Biomedicine Institute of Salamanca
We are happy to welcome the Institute for Biomedical Research of Salamanca as institutional member to EUPHA.
Paternalism and Public Health
There are plans for an on-line workshop on 'Paternalism and Public Health' on 14th and 15th September 2021, hosted by the UK Faculty of Public Health in partnership with the 'Paternalism, Health and Public Policy' (PHPP) project. The PHPP project aims to bring together practitioners and ethicists to discuss the role and significance of paternalism in public health.
5. European Journal of Public Health
Advance Articles - June 2021
Public awareness of the association between human papillomavirus and oropharyngeal cancer
6. Call for proposals, job opportunities
PhD student in Applied systems research for obesity prevention
The Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS, Bremen, Germany is offering a position as a PhD student in Applied systems research for obesity prevention. The PhD project will be jointly supervised together with Ghent University, Belgium as part of the GrowH! project. It is planned to conclude a Cotutelle agreement between the University Bremen and the University Ghent for this PhD project aiming to provide a doctoral award from both universities.
Cochrane Climate-Health Working Group welcomes new members
The Cochrane Climate-Health Working Group has brought together many passionate and committed people from all parts of the organization to consider the health impacts of climate change. The working group is welcoming new members. No particular background or expertise with climate change is needed, just an interest in learning more.
7. Interesting news
New initiative launched to improve access to MMR and HPV vaccines in underserved populations
A new European research initiative has launched to improve equitable vaccine uptake in underserved communities. Funded by the Horizon 2020 Research Programme, RIVER-EU (“Reducing Inequalities in Vaccine uptake in the European Region – Engaging Underserved communities”) is a 5-year (2021-2026) project coordinated by the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). RIVER-EU will collect evidence on health system determinants of high and low vaccine uptake in eight specific contexts, which will be used to identify and/or develop interventions to reduce barriers to vaccine uptake in underserved communities and increase trust in the health system.https://eurohealthnet.eu/media/news-rele...
Six months of COVID vaccines: what 1.7 billion doses have taught scientists
At a pivotal moment in the pandemic, Nature explores key questions about the vaccines that countries are racing to deliver while viral variants spread around the globe.https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-0...
WHO/Europe and EuroHealthNet sign agreement to collaborate on addressing health inequalities and promoting sustainable development
WHO’s Regional Office for Europe and EuroHealthNet have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing a legal basis for collaboration on health promotion, health equity, investments for health, sustainable development and prosperity for people and planet.https://eurohealthnet.eu/media/news-rele...
Become a mentor at Global Health Mentorships
You want to share your experience as a global health professional with students? Apply to be a certified mentor within Global Health MEntorships! You will advise a group of 2-4 students and young professionals (SYPs) through a 5-month facilitated mentorship program. Learn more
One in five people in parts of EU pay bribes for healthcare, survey finds
Almost a third of residents in the EU relied on personal connections to access healthcare during the Covid crisis, and around one in five in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Lithuania paid a bribe for such services, a report on corruption has found.https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/j...
PHIRI project - June newsletter
Catch-up on the work of PHIRI's work-packages, learn more about PHIRI's events at the European Public Health week, and about their training on infodemic management in this June newsletter.https://mailchi.mp/b96c68a3af52/phiri-ne...
Casebook on Advocacy in Public Health
The Casebook of the World Federation of Public Health Associations establishes what is public health advocacy and emphasizes the importance of advocacy as an essential public health function by bringing together 18 cases of public health advocacy from different corners of the world.
8. Upcoming courses and conferences
9. Interesting publications
Disability--a neglected issue in public health
The Lancet Public Health | Editorial
Exploring the role of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) in flattening the Greek COVID-19 epidemic curve
Nature | Article | 03 June 2021
Big food and the World Health Organization: a qualitative study of industry attempts to influence global-level non-communicable disease policy
The BMJ Global Health | Original research | 11 June 2021
Addressing poverty post COVID-19 pandemic
The Lancet Regional Health / Europe | Editorial | June 2021
Global vaccine equity demands reparative justice -- not charity
The BMJ Global Health | Editorial | 21 June 2021
Vaccinating undocumented migrants against covid-19
The BMJ | Editorial | 25 June 2021
10. European Commission news
EU proposes a strong multilateral trade response to the COVID-19 pandemic
On June 4th, the EU has submitted its proposal seeking the commitment of World Trade Organization (WTO) members for a multilateral trade action plan to expand the production of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, and ensure universal and fair access.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
Cancer & environment pollution - how to better protect citizens
This session organised during the European Green Week 2021 focused on how actions to reduce air, soil and water pollution can help to reduce the incidence of cancer.
EU budget 2022: Speeding up Europe's recovery and progressing towards a green, digital and resilient future
The Commission has today proposed an annual EU budget of €167.8 billion for 2022, to be complemented by an estimated €143.5 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. Regarding health, €789 million will be allocated to EU4Health to ensure a comprehensive health response to people's needs, as well as €95 million to the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (rescEU) to be able deploy operational assistance quickly in case of a crisis. RescEU could receive an extra €680 million from NextGenerationEU.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
Emerging stronger from the pandemic: acting on the early lessons learnt
On June 15th, the European Commission has presented a Communication on the early lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic over the past 18 months and building on them to improve action at EU and national level.https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscor...
Occupational safety and health in a changing world of work
On June 28th, the Commission has renewed its commitment to update occupational safety and health rules by adopting the EU strategic framework on health and safety at work 2021-2027. It sets out the key actions needed to improve workers' health and safety over the coming years.
11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
Reducing COVID 19 transmission and strengthening vaccine uptake among migrant populations in the EU/EEA
This report presents evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on migrant populations in EU/EEA countries; risk factors for increased COVID-19 exposure in migrant populations; and considerations for ensuring equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine for migrant populations.https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publicatio...
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 22, 03 June 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 23, 10 June 2021
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 24, 17 June 2021
ECDC statement on the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in the EU/EEA
Statement by Dr. Andrea Ammon, ECDC Director, on the implications of the spread of the Delta variant of concern for the EU/EEA.https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/news-event...
Eurosurveillance - Volume 26, Issue 25, 24 June 2021
12. WHO news
Promoting cycling can save lives and advance health across Europe through improved air quality and increased physical activity
On World Bicycle Day, celebrated on 3 June, WHO highlighted a new master plan that calls countries to acknowledge cycling as an equal mode of transport and to double the level of cycling by 2030.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions for international mobility of health professionals
In the context of collective efforts to address challenges related to the international mobility of health professionals, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO regional directors for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, European Region and South-East Asia Region, initiated a virtual tri-regional policy dialogue to review trends and policy responses.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
Regional Director takes European Programme of Work to countries during visits
The WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge recently visited a number of countries in the European Region, as COVID-19 vaccines continue to be rolled out, offering hope in the fight against the pandemic.
Ending this pandemic, preventing the next one: European perspectives at the Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly
The Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly, held on 24–31 May 2021, was once again dominated by discussions on responding to the short- and longer-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and on ensuring that countries, health systems, organizations and societies are better prepared to meet the challenges of future health threats.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
Strengthening health system preparedness for mass casualty incidents: first WHO Academy learning programme in Europe
Health workers from 4 major hospitals in Greece participated in the first European mass casualty management (MCM) in-person learning programme, which took place in Athens, Greece, under the supervision and coordination of members of the WHO Academy.https://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/gr...
Balancing health and personal data protection: operational and policy considerations
Public health institutions are increasingly required to balance fundamental rights and data protection principles. To address this, WHO/Europe has released easy-to-implement steps to allow any organization in public health to increase its level of data protection compliance.https://www.euro.who.int/en/data-and-evi...
WHO Regional Director sets focus on equity, drug security and health systems during Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum
During a week-long visit to the Russian Federation for the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), the WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge stressed the need to mitigate the pandemic’s long-term impact on health systems, economies and inequality, and ensure equitable access to essential services, medicines and technologies.https://www.euro.who.int/en/about-us/reg...
New WHO tools use behavioural insights to help curb the spread of antimicrobial resistance
WHO has released 3 documents that aim to strengthen efforts to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through a behavioural insights approach: the TAP Quick Guide, the TAP Toolbox and the TAP Process poster. A fourth document – the TAP Manual – will be available by the end of the year. These new tools offer practical actions and measures to stop the spread of AMR.https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topic...
Directors General of WHO, WIPO and the WTO agree on intensified cooperation in support of access to medical technologies worldwide to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic
The Directors General of WHO, WIPO and the WTO, met on June 15th to map out further collaboration to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and the pressing global challenges at the intersection of public health, intellectual property and trade.https://www.euro.who.int/en
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