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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - March 2023

Newsletter - March 2023

  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

At the start of spring, we are pleased to again present you a well-filled EUPHA newsletter. In this edition, you will find updates on various upcoming EUPHA activities. In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the European Public Health Week, which will take place 22-26 May. Our team is working hard to equal last year's succes, with 254 events in 32 countries. We invite you to get involved, either as event host, disseminator or participant! Furthermore, you will find updates on many interesting publications and events in this newsletter, as well as the latest news from the European Commission and WHO Regional Office for Europe. 

We hope you will find this March edition of the EUPHA newsletter informative!

Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president and Marieke Verschuuren, Executive Director

2. EUPHA update

EUPHA Statement on front-of-pack nutrition labelling in the European Union

In May 2020, the European Commission published its Farm to Fork Strategy, in which it committed to propose harmonised mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling (FoPNL) to empower consumers to make informed, healthy and sustainable food choices by the fourth quarter of 2022. EUPHA is concerned that the deadline that the Commission initially announced has now passed and there seems to be no formal indication of when its proposal is going to be published. Of the four FoPNL schemes considered in the inception impact assessment, Nutri-Score is the only one meeting the criteria for the success of an effective FoPNL scheme, as it is simple, graded and colour-coded. Its effectiveness in terms of its ability to attract consumers’ attention, be favourably perceived, be well understood and have an impact on nutritional quality of purchases has been well established. Given the burden of chronic diseases, preventive action is urgently needed. EUPHA therefore is calling for the Commission to move forward with the revisions it has committed to introduce by proposing legislation as a matter of urgency requiring food to be labelled with Nutri-Score on a mandatory basis across the EU.
Read the full statement here.

Health City Institute

We are happy to anounce that the Health City Institute has joined us as an institutional member. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation.
You can find more information on the Health City Institute here.

Two new EUPHA section initiatives: Global health and Health literacy

The EUPHA Section Council and Executive Council will propose to the EUPHA Governing in Board in November this year to establish two new EUPHA sections, on Global health and Health literacy. EUPHA sections bring together researchers, policymakers and practitioners working in the same field for knowledge sharing and capacity building. 
Would you like to learn more about these initiatives and/or join? For the Global health section initiative, go
here. For the Health literacy section initiative, go here.

Webinar: 30 years of the Dutch Public Health Foresight Study- Lessons Learnt

April 14 - 11:00 - 12:00 CET
Organised by: Dr Henk Hilderink, EUPHA Foresight section president
This Webinar will present experiences and lessons learnt of foresight studies implemented in the Netherlands over the last 30 years.
Register here.

Webinar: Evidence-Based Public Health: The Contentious Interface Between Evidence and Public Health

Organised by: EUPHA-EPI, Stanford University, METRICS, Universita Cattolica sel Sacro Cuore
8 May 2023, 15:00 – 16:30 CET
The EUPHA Public health epidemiology secion (EUPHA-EPI) is pleased to invite you to this webinar on evidence-based public health with Professor John Ioannidis, from Stanford University.
This webinar is aimed at exposing the European public health epidemiology community to the crucial role of evidence to guide public health for both chronic problems and acute crisis circumstances. Dr. Ioannidis will address the significance of valid data generation, collection, and interpretation, with examples from both chronic diseases and challenges encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussion will emphasize the vital function of public health epidemiologists in generating and using reliable, transparent, reproducible evidence, shaping policy decisions.
More information here.
Register here.

Call for poster abstracts - Conference on Strategic Litigation and Public Health

The conference is held 15-16 June 2023 at the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool, Chatham Street, L69 7ZR Liverpool, United Kingdom (in-person) and online.
The call deadline is 15 April!
Organised by:

  • Law and Public Health Section, European Public Health Association (EUPHA-LAW)
  • Law & Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit, University of Liverpool
  • O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown Law
  • Groningen Centre for Health Law, University of Groningen
  • Faculty of Public Health, UK
  • MCI Management Center Innsbruck

Find more information here

3. European Public Health Week

We hope that you already made some room in your calendars for the fifth edition of the European Public Health Week (EUPHW), taking place between May 22nd and 26th.

The overarching topic of this year’s EUPHW is “Global issues, local actions”.
In the previous edition of this newsletter, we introduced the five daily themes. This time, we will introduce our Daily partners and briefly repeat about ways of Getting involved.   

Daily partners

Monday to Friday, each day of the EUPHW has its own theme and a Daily partner. Themes shine more light on especially pertinent public health issues, while Daily partners support the EUPHW by developing and organising daily kick-off events.

Monday May 22nd - Mental health for all

Daily partner: The WHO Regional Office for Europe supported by Mental Health Europe and European Commission's DG SANTE

Tuesday May 23rd - Diversity in health

Daily partner: EUPHA supported by relevant organisations and individuals involved with the topic

Wednesday May 24th - Access to care

Daily partner: The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Thursday May 25th - Prevention and control of chronic diseases

Daily partner: The Association of European Cancer Leagues

Friday May 26th - Global health emergencies and response

Daily partner: The World Federation of Public Health Associations

Various EUPHA Sections will also be supporting our daily partners.

Getting involved

EUPHW is an excellent platform to promote your work, spotlight relevant topics and get everyone - from public health professionals to the general public - involved. Choose one - or more - out of three possible ways of getting involved and let's make a case for public health! 

Stay up-to-date

If you wish to receive the newest updates on the EUPHW, you can subscribe to our EUPHW newsletter by sending an e-mail to

4. European Public Health Conference



Registration opens 1 April with benefits for EUPHA members

Registration for the 16th EPH Conference opens 1 April. At a time of high inflation, we are proud to have limited the increase of fees to a modest 3 to 5% across categories. You can benefit from early bird registration fees until 1 September. EUPHA members and delegates from Ireland pay € 690 before 1 September, non-members € 775. Students, trainees and colleagues from low- and middle-income countries pay € 400 (no increase). All fees mentioned are including VAT. Read more.

Abstract submission is open

Abstract submission for the 16th EPH Conference 2023 in Dublin is open until 1 May, 18:00 CET. Abstracts are invited for workshops, oral presentations, pitch presentations and ePosters. All sessions will be 60 minutes. Do not miss the opportunity to be recognized for your hard work. Learn from each other and share your work with others. Read more.

Win a waiver for the next EPH Conference

Submit an abstract for Dublin 2023 and win a waiver for the next EPH Conference. Each year the EPH Conference offers a prize for the best single abstract. The prize is determined by the scoring of the EPH Conference International Scientific Committee. The winner will be awarded a certificate and waiver of registration fees for the next EPH Conference in Lisbon.

Take part in the ‘Ferenc Bojan Young Investigators Award’ Competition

The best five abstracts, submitted by young researchers (under 35y), will be presented in the Ferenc Bojan Young Investigators Award session. The Ferenc Bojan session is an oral session, but with a jury consisting of experienced researchers to select the best abstract/presentation combination. The winner will be awarded a certificate and waiver of registration fees for the next EPH Conference in Lisbon. Read more.

Abstract tutoring programme – Open until 9 April

Do you need help with your abstract? In collaboration with EUPHAnxt we provide an Abstract Tutoring Programme offering an opportunity for young and/or less experienced abstract submitters to receive feedback from experienced reviewers. Read more.

Theme and programme

The 16th EPH Conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from 8 – 11 November 2023. Theme of the EPH conference 2023 is: Our Food, Our Health, Our Earth: A Sustainable Future for Humanity. Read more.

Conference venue

The 16th EPH Conference will be held in The Convention Centre Dublin. The CCD is one of Europe's most environmentally-friendly venues. In 2021, the CCD secured ISO 20121 accreditation, which is a recognised international accreditation that demonstrates commitment to running sustainable events. With a structured approach addressing climate change, waste and biodiversity, The CCD is committed to achieving its sustainability vision. Read more.


5. EUPHA members update

SFSP celebrating 30 years!

Société Française de Santé Publique (SFSP) - French Society for Public Health - is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. This is celebrated with a new visual identity and numerous festivities. The SFSP annual general assembly meeting will take place 10 May. The celebrations will continue at the SFSP congress that is taking place 4-6 October this year.

6. European Journal of Public Health

Advance articles - March 2023

Externally oriented thinking style increases primary health care use in adolescence 
Virve Kekkonen, Siiri-Liisi Kraav, Jukka Hintikka, Petri Kivimäki, Outi Kaarre, Tommi Tolmunen
Cost of illness in patients with post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome in Belgium 
Ruben Willems, Nick Verhaeghe, Christian Perronne, Liesbeth Borgermans, Lieven Annemans
The self-reported health of the Sámi in Sweden: the SámiHET study 
Miguel San Sebastián, Jon Petter Stoor
Work–life balance and work engagement across the European workforce: a comparative analysis of welfare states 
Janina M Björk-Fant, Pernilla Bolander, Anna K Forsman
Cause-specific mortality in Spain during the pandemic: educational differences and its impact on life expectancy 
Jeroen J A Spijker, Sergi Trias-Llimós
Alive and kicking: suicide rates and major soccer events in Austria, Germany and Switzerland 
Eva-Maria Pichler, Martin Ploederl, Lucas Rainer, Thomas S Gilhofer, Jonathan Michel, Jan Gerrit van der Stouwe, Thomas F Luescher, Christian M Schmied, Wolfram Kawohl, Jens Kronschnabel, David Niederseer
Time use, time pressure and sleep: is gender an effect modifier? 
Anna J Scovelle, Belinda Hewitt, Tea Lallukka, Adrienne O’Neil, Tania L King
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on community-based testing for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections in the WHO European Region, March to August 2020 
Laura Fernàndez-López, Daniel Simões, Jordi Casabona, The EuroTEST COVID-19 Impact Assessment Consortium of Partners
Co-occurring homelessness, justice involvement, opioid dependence and psychosis: a cross-sectoral data linkage study 
Emily J Tweed, Alastair H Leyland, David S Morrison, S Vittal Katikireddi
Regional variations in multimorbidity burden among office-based physicians in Germany 
Isabel Geiger, Ronja Flemming, Wiebke Schüttig, Leonie Sundmacher
Central and Eastern European migrant worker status, co-living situation and SARS-CoV-2 exposure and transmission risk 
L H Boogaard, J L A Hautvast, A Timen, C H M van Jaarsveld
Optimization of screening strategies for colorectal cancer based on fecal DNA and occult blood testing 
Tingting Yao, Qin Sun, Kangwei Xiong, Yuan Su, Qian Zhao, Chenhong Zhang, Lijiu Zhang, Xuejun Li, Haiming Fang
The effectiveness of interventions to prevent loneliness and social isolation in the community-dwelling and old population: an overview of systematic reviews and meta-analysis 
Ludwig Grillich, Viktoria Titscher, Pauline Klingenstein, Eva Kostial, Robert Emprechtinger, Irma Klerings, Isolde Sommer, Jana Nikitin, Anton-Rupert Laireiter
Time period effects in work disability due to common mental disorders among young employees in Sweden—a register-based cohort study across occupational classes and employment sectors 
Ridwanul Amin, Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz, Emma Björkenstam, Marianna Virtanen, Magnus Helgesson, Niklas Gustafsson, Syed Rahman
Support for evidence-based alcohol policy in Ireland: results from a representative household survey 
Susan Calnan, Seán R Millar, Deirdre Mongan
Is there a peer status gradient in mortality? Findings from a Swedish cohort born in 1953 and followed to age 67 
Ylva B Almquist, Viveca Östberg, Bitte Modin
A comparative study of industry responses to government consultations about alcohol and gambling in the UK 
Saloni Bhuptani, Sadie Boniface, Katherine Severi, Greg Hartwell, Elizabeth McGill
Veneto Region dementia-related mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic: multiple causes of death and time series analysis 
Cristina Basso, Claudio Barbiellini Amidei, Veronica Casotto, Elena Schievano, Matilde Dotto, Silvia Tiozzo Netti, Manuel Zorzi, Ugo Fedeli
Sex variation in colorectal cancer mortality: trends and implications for screening 
Gavin R C Clark, Callum G Fraser, Judith A Strachan, Robert J C Steele
Socioeconomic inequalities in paediatric metabolic syndrome: mediation by parental health literacy 
Alexander Lepe, Marlou L A de Kroon, Sijmen A Reijneveld, Andrea F de Winter
Changes in adult obesity prevalence in Denmark, 1987–2021: age–period–cohort analysis of nationally representative data 
Stine Schramm, Thorkild I A Sørensen, Michael Davidsen, Janne S Tolstrup
A mystery-shopping study to test enforcement of minimum legal purchasing age in Lithuania in 2022 
Laura Miščikien

7. Call for proposals, job opportunities

Postdoctoral opportunity IARC Environment and lifestyle epidemiology branch

International Agency for Research on Cancer, WHO
A postdoctoral scientist opportunity is available in the IARC Environment and Lifestyle Epidemiology Branch, to contribute to the European Code Against Cancer [5th edition] (ECAC5) and Boosting the Usability of the European Union Mobile App for Cancer Prevention (BUMPER) projects. Among other activities, the Environment and Lifestyle Epidemiology Branch aims to enable cancer prevention and control worldwide through translation of research evidence into actionable recommendations for the general public and guidelines for decision-makers. Read more here and here.

8. Interesting news

Alzheimer Europe lunch debate

The Alzheimer Europe lunch debate focuses on dealing with behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD) in dementia care.
The Alzheimer Europe lunch debate of 21 March 2023, focusing on “Dealing with behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD) in dementia care”, was a hybrid event attended by MEPs and other representatives of the European Parliament, the European Commission, Health Ministries and other national policymakers, industry partners, researchers, members of the European Dementia Carers Working Group (EDCWG) and Alzheimer Europe member organisations, Board and staff. There were 111 participants in total, with 78 of these attending in person and the remaining 33 joining online. The event was hosted by Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (Finland), Chairperson of the European Alzheimer’s Alliance (EAA) and Deirdre Clune MEP (Ireland), Vice-Chairperson of the EAA.
Watch the lunch debate here.

Alzheimer Europe supports the rights and dignity of people with dementia with three new publications

The publications look at employment and social protection, at sex, gender and sexuality and at ethical communication.

Yearbook 2022
The Yearbook examines the overarching European and International accords which protect people with dementia and their carers in relation to employment and social protection, as well as examining the approaches to policy and legislation taken by countries across Europe.
You can download the Yearbook here.

Guidelines for the ethical and inclusive communication
The guidelines for the ethical and inclusive communication about/portrayal of dementia and people with dementia, which are structured around 14 statements, have been developed in tandem with the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD) and are targeted at the media, researchers, journalists, policy makers and anyone responsible for the portrayal of or communication about dementia in the public domain.
You can download the guidelines here.

Guide on sex, gender and sexuality in dementia
“Sex, Gender and Sexuality in the Context of Dementia: A guide to raise awareness amongst health and social care workers” was developed in 2022 to raise awareness and provide health and social care workers with recommendations on how to provide sensitive, appropriate and good quality care and support to people with dementia and their carers or supporters of different sexes, gender identities and sexual orientations.
You can download the guide here.

Webinar recording: Making Health for All Policies

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies organised a webinar on Making Health for all Policies.
Health for All Policies can make a powerful contribution to sustainable development. This is achieved by targeted investment in health and health systems, which not only improves population heath but can also produce co-benefits for other sectors. Investment in health and health systems helps other sectors achieve their specific goals. Health for All Policies does not ask other sectors what they can do for health rather what health can do to help other sectors. The potential for cooperation is long ranging from greening healthcare, financial protection against poverty, the promotion of gender equality, or investment in health systems for economic growth.
Emphasizing the co-benefit of Health for All Policies makes intersectoral action more appealing to policy-makers. So what are the big health- and co-benefits? how can we support intersectoral action? What are the ways of making Health for All Policies? How can health co-benefits support progress towards SDGs? 
Find the recording of the webinar here.

Health investment benefits multiple sectors, new policy brief reveals

From employment and education to climate change and gender equality, ‘Health for All Policies’ allows much needed progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Investing in better health and health policies helps not only people’s health and health systems but also the policy objectives in other sectors and, ultimately, the economy and society as a whole.
‘Making Health for All Policies’, a new policy brief by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, reveals concrete win-win solutions for multiple sectors, making investment in health and health systems more appealing to policy-makers.
Read more.

Improving home care sustainability in Ireland: are user charges a promising option?

There are often concerns that population ageing will cause health and long-term care expenditures to grow uncontrollably. A key question facing decision-makers is what, if anything, can be done in response? In this report the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies considers whether user charges would improve the financial sustainability of home care in Ireland, a country which is ageing at a rate similar to other high income countries.
Read more.

Czechia: health system review 2023

Czech life expectancy increasingly rose from 2000 until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and health behaviours remain an area of concern for overall population health.
Read more.

HealthData@EU pilot project presents first high-level vision of the target architecture

In March 2023, the HealthData@EU Pilot project presented a first high-level vision of the target architecture of the Proof of concept phase and details the key steps to deliver the minimum viable product. See the two-pager here.

Transparency of social protection systems

A new report of the European Social Policy Network (ESPN) highlights how countries have simplified and digitalised the access to social protection – but challenges remain, especially for vulnerable groups. Find the synthesis report and 35 national reports here.

9. Upcoming courses and conferences

Fifth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health
3 Apr 2023 - 5 Apr 2023 / Geneva, Switzerland
Organiser: WHO

The private-public mix of primary care providers – implications for the health and care workforce: parallel session during the Fifth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health
4 Apr 2023 / Geneva, Switzerland
Organiser: WHO, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

35th International Papillomavirus Conference
17 Apr 2023 - 21 Apr 2023 / Washington DC, USA
Organiser: International Papillomavirus Society

Data Protection and the Healthcare Sector
24 Apr 2023 - 25 Apr 2023 / Maastricht, Netherlands
Organiser: European Institute of Public Administration - EIPA

9th European Conference on Tobacco or Health
26 Apr 2023 - 28 Apr 2023 / Madrid, Spain
Organiser: Association of European Cancer Leagues ao

17th World Congress on public health
2 May 2023 - 6 May 2023 / Rome, Italy
Organiser: World Federation on Public Health Associations

Scientific Reporting and Writing
4 May 2023 - 6 May 2023 / Online event
Organiser: Institute of Public Health, Medical Decision Making and Health Technology Assessment UMIT TIROL - University for Health Sciences and Technology

First European Regional Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health
21 May 2023 - 24 May 2023 / Umeå, Sweden
Organiser: Global Law Enforcement and Public Health Association and Umeå University

18th Biennial European Conference of SMDM
21 May 2023 - 23 May 2023 / Berlin, Germany
Organiser: Society for Medical Decision Making - SMDM

V International Summer School on public mental health
22 May 2023 - 26 May 2023 / Porto, Portugal
Organiser: EUPHA-PMH, Aspher, ao

EHMA 2023 Annual Conference: Health management: sustainable solutions for complex systems
5 Jun 2023 - 7 Jun 2023 / Rome, Italy
Organiser: EHMA

Observatory silver jubilee: 25 years learning from each other
16 Jun 2023 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Ethnography for Healthcare Improvement Summer School 2023
29 Jun 2023 - 30 Jun 2023 / Leicester, UK
Organiser: SAPPHIRE (Social Science, APPlied Healthcare & Improvement REsearch) research group, Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Leicester

Observatory Venice Summer School 2023 - Health Security: from public health to strengthening health systems
23 Jul 2023 - 29 Jul 2023 / Venice, Italy
Organiser: European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Specialized Master in Public Health Methodology academic year 2022-2023
1 Aug 2023 - 30 Jun 2023 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: School of Public Health, Université Catholique de Louvain, Université de Mons

SSPH+ Lugano Summer School in Public Health Policy, Economics and Management – 32nd Edition
21 Aug 2023 - 26 Aug 2023 / online, on-site, and hybrid
Organiser: Summer School in Public Health Policy, Economics, and Management

Connecting Health & Climate Change
11 Oct 2023 - 12 Oct 2023 / Stockholm, Sweden
Organiser: EU funded ENBEL project by Umeå University, University of Tartu and CICERO Center for International Climate Research

33rd Alzheimer Europe Conference - New opportunities in dementia care, policy and research
16 Oct 2023 - 18 Oct 2023 / Helsinki, Finland
Organiser: Alzheimer Europe

10. Interesting publications

The Rapid Growth of Mega-Journals - Threats and Opportunities

JAMA | 20 March
Several insights on developments of mega-journals. The authors conclude with: "What matters is whether journals that publish the lion’s share of the literature endorse and facilitate the best research practices."
Read the viewpoint here.

Trust and transformation: an agenda for creating resilient and sustainable health systems 

BMJ | 20 March
Health systems are facing unprecedented challenges as they emerge from the covid-19 pandemic. How they have responded has varied greatly. Just as with SARS in 2003, when some Asian health systems redesigned facilities to be better prepared for a future pandemic, we have seen new ways of working, often taking advantage of new means of online engagement. But some have also struggled, unable to rebuild workforces that were already depleted by underinvestment, but with the additional burden of burnout and illness, including long covid.

This situation, in part, reflects and is exacerbating a crisis of trust. This is apparent in three important sets of relationships.

Work like a Doc: A comparison of regulations on residents' working hours in 14 high-income countries

Health Policy | April 2023
This international comparative analysis findds that all countries reviewed limit the weekly working hours of medical residents; North-American countries limit to 60–80 h, European countries limit to 48 h. In most countries, residents work 24 or 26 consecutive hours, but the number of long overnight shifts varies, ranging from two to ten. Many European countries face difficulties in complying with the weekly hour limit and allow opt-out contracts to exceed it.
Read the full paper here.

11. European Commission news

Study on bringing AMR medical countermeasures to the market

This report focuses upon the prospective roles and responsibilities of the European Union (EU); specifically in supporting new developments in the pipeline and ensuring access to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Medical Countermeasures (MCMs) brought to market. Survey respondents:

  • expect DG HERA to play an important role in the implementation of a new pull mechanism;
  • expect DG HERA to contribute or complement existing financial push incentives; and
  • noted that DG HERA could assist with the provision of non-financial support, including knowledge sharing, dissemination of best practices and capacity building for Member States.

Study on the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Published by the European Parliamentary Research Service, this study aims to support the work of the Special Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic. Five areas in particular are analysed: the vaccination strategies of the EU and the Member States; vaccine effectiveness; the EU framework for crisis response; the EU's prevention and preparedness efforts for future health threats; and EU competences in public health. A series of recommendations are proposed based on the results. Find the study here.

Advancing regulatory science in the EU - mid-point report published

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has published a report summarising the mid-term achievements of its Regulatory Science Strategy (RSS) to 2025. The report provides an overview of the main deliverables achieved between March 2020 and December 2022 across the human and veterinary areas.
“The achievements highlighted in this report demonstrate that we have made considerable progress in advancing regulatory science to build a more adaptive regulatory system that encourages innovation in human and veterinary medicines,” said Emer Cooke, EMA’s Executive Director.

European Parliament's Public Health Subcommittee begins work

The constitutive meeting of Parliament's new subcommittee, established in February 2023, took place on 23 March. During the meeting, the new subcommittee on public health (SANT) elected MEP Bartosz Arłukowicz as Chair, as well as the four Vice-Chairs. The first ordinary meeting is planned for 20 April 2023, in Strasbourg.

12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 9, 02 March 2023

Rapid communication
Contaminated dicloxacillin capsules as the source of an NDM-5/OXA-48-producing Enterobacter hormaechei ST79 outbreak, Denmark and Iceland, 2022 and 2023
Sequencing directly from antigen-detection rapid diagnostic tests in Belgium, 2022: a gamechanger in genomic surveillance?
Age as a risk factor for surgical site infections: German surveillance data on total hip replacement and total knee replacement procedures 2009 to 2018
Letter to the Editor: Knowledge gap in assessing the risk of a human pandemic via mammals’ infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N1)

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 10, 09 March 2023

Rapid communication
Multidrug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolate SE690: mosaic penA-60.001 gene causing ceftriaxone resistance internationally has spread to the more antimicrobial-susceptible genomic lineage, Sweden, September 2022
Molecular surveillance reveals the emergence and dissemination of NDM-5-producing Escherichia coli high-risk clones in Germany, 2013 to 2019
Sex-based epidemiological and immunovirological characteristics of people living with HIV in current follow-up at a tertiary hospital: a comparative retrospective study, Catalonia, Spain, 1982 to 2020
Incidence, aetiology and temporal trend of bloodstream infections in southern Sweden from 2006 to 2019: a population-based study

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 11, 16 March 2023

Rapid communication
Undeclared pre-exposure or post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP/PEP) use among syphilis-positive blood donors, England, 2020 to 2021
Using an influenza surveillance system to estimate the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections in Beijing, China, weeks 2 to 6 2023
Tap water as the source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak spread to several residential buildings and one hospital, Finland, 2020 to 2021
Legionnaires’ disease in the EU/EEA*: increasing trend from 2017 to 2019
Spatiotemporal spread of tick-borne encephalitis in the EU/EEA, 2012 to 2020
Environmental surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), perspectives from a national environmental regulator in 2023

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 12, 23 March 2023

Ending tuberculosis in Europe - resetting the course in the post-COVID-19 era
Rapid communication
Active tuberculosis screening among the displaced population fleeing Ukraine, France, February to October 2022
Monitoring the progress achieved towards ending tuberculosis in the European Union/European Economic Area, 2018 to 2021
Mpox outbreak in the Netherlands, 2022: public health response, characteristics of the first 1,000 cases and protection of the first-generation smallpox vaccine
A new method for near real-time, nationwide surveillance of nosocomial COVID-19 in Norway: providing data at all levels of the healthcare system, March 2020 to March 2022
A One Health approach revealed the long-term role of Mycobacterium caprae as the hidden cause of human tuberculosis in a region of Spain, 2003 to 2022
Tick-borne encephalitis virus IgG antibody surveillance: vaccination- and infection-induced seroprevalences, south-western Germany, 2021

13. WHO news

WHO/Europe regional meeting on health and care workforce: Time to act

In the midst of an unprecedented crisis affecting millions of health workers in Europe and central Asia, WHO/Europe was hosting a high-level regional meeting on 22–23 March to galvanize government actions to support and protect all health and care workers. At the meeting there was the opportunity to undersign the Bucharest Declaration on health and care workforce that urges political action and commitment to strengthen the health workforce, outlining concrete steps to do so across several policy areas. 

WHO Knowledge Sharing Platform

The objective of this platform is the collaborative construction of knowledge to build resilience to public health emergencies.Through peer to peer discussion and sharing of experiences, the platform is building a different way of understanding of the community health needs that will help us to design, define and develop programmes that address those needs. Based on this, a publication will be produced of case studies looking at the role that CSOs play which will be used to build partnership strategies for working together.
Register here for the platform to view the member’s content and to participate in the discussion forum, moderated by the WHO Community Readiness and Resilience team. 
Check out the website here.

Is Primary Health Care a victim of its own success?

Josep Figueras takes part in the ‘Let’s Talk PHC’ talk show from the WHO European Centre for Primary Healthcare.
Watch it here.

Unfinished business: the challenge of ending tuberculosis in the European Region

On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day 2023, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe are issuing a sobering warning that, despite having the tools to end TB, the European Region remains a long way from meeting its End TB Strategy targets of reducing TB incidence by 80% and TB deaths by 90% before 2030. The latest ECDC/WHO report on TB surveillance and monitoring shows that, despite an overall downward trend in the incidence of TB in the WHO European Region, the current rate of decline will not be sufficient to meet targets under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for ending the TB epidemic by 2030.

Childhood obesity: five facts about the WHO European Region

On World Obesity Day 2023 WHO/Europe highlights five trends concerning overweight and obesity among primary school-aged children in the European Region. 

5 things to know about One Health in the WHO European Region

The concept of One Health is not new, but it has become more important in recent years. The approach – focusing on the connection between the health of people, animals and ecosystems – is here to stay, as we see a rise in zoonotic diseases (including COVID-19, avian influenza and mpox) in the WHO European Region. So what should we know about One Health? And how is WHO/Europe supporting countries across Europe and central Asia to put One Health into practice?
Here are 5 things to know about One Health in the WHO European Region.

What is endometriosis?

During Endometriosis Awareness Month WHO/Euro presents a fact sheet.

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