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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - May 2023

Newsletter - May 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 Institutes news
  12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news
  13. WHO news

1. Editorial

This month we were delighted to see so many of you participating in the European Public Health Week. With  contributions from 40 countries and a total of 224 events being organised, the week was a great success! 

Wishing you a nice read,

Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA president and Marieke Verschuuren, Executive Director

2. EUPHA update

EUPHA is looking for a new Executive Director!

Would you like to play a key role in European public health? And are you a hands-on manager who is interested in leading a small but enthusiastic secretariat, working in an international setting together with EUPHA’s large expert network, and setting the strategic directions for EUPHA together with EUPHA’s members and Executive Council? Then we may be looking for you!
See the full vacancy text here.

EUPHA supports civil society call for EU mandatory alcohol labelling

EUPHA joins a major alliance of European civil society leaders in urging senior EU officials and Commissioners to issue a mandatory alcohol labelling proposal as soon as possible. In particular, the alliance calls to

  • respect consumers’ right to information by issuing a proposal for mandatory on-label provision of energy value, full nutrition declaration, and list of ingredients for all alcoholic beverages (wines, beer, and spirits) as soon as possible;
  • ensure that basic nutrition information is available on label for consumers to access easily at all times and without the need of additional tools and skills.

Labelling of alcoholic beverages is an important measure to implement as part of a broader strategy to fight alcohol related harm, alongside other effective policy tools proposed in the European Beating Cancer Plan, the WHO SAFER recommendations and the WHO European Framework for Action on Alcohol 2022-2025.
Read the full letter to European Commission officials here.

EUPHA statement on priorities for the EU4Health Annual Work Programme 2024: more attention for chronic diseases, elderly and young people, health inequalities, and civil society engagement needed

The European Commission has launched a targeted stakeholders’ consultation to seek input for the EU4Health Annual Work Programme 2024. Although EUPHA appreciates this opportunity for stakeholders to provide input, we argue that for setting priorities for EU health policy, we need an integrated assessment across sectors building on concepts and measures such as burden of disease, demographic developments, future scenario studies and societal needs. The lack of such an integrated assessment approach results in important omissions in the current set of priorities, including a lack of focus on chronic diseases beyond cancer, addressing the impact of ageing populations and stimulating healthy ageing, ensuring the health of young people and preparing the next generation of (public) health professionals, and tackling health inequalities. Last but not least, among the current priorities there is no acknowledgement of and support for the role of civil society organizations in developing and implementing the EU4Health Programme.
Read the full statement here.

Mourning the loss of Horst Noack, EUPHA past president

The European public health community is mourning Professor Richard Horst Noack, former president of EUPHA. Public health in Austria is inextricably linked to his person and his name. He was a co-founder of the Austrian Public Health Association (ÖGPH), and he was the first ÖGPH President and Honorary President until his death. But not only in Austria did Horst Noack play a pioneering role in the development of public health, he also did internationally. For example, he consolidated the term "New Public Health" in order to further develop public health away from a medically patriarchal eminence-based perspective towards a modern interdisciplinary scientific discipline. Next to be being the EUPHA president in 2006, Horst was chair of the EUPHA conference 2005 in Graz, which was an extraordinary achievement because this was the only conference that was organized with three country local partners (together with Slovenia and Croatia). He was also a member of the local supporting committee in the EPH Conference 2016 in Vienna. It is with sadness and respect that we say goodbye to EUPHA’s past president R. Horst Noack.

EUPHAnxt mentoring programme

If you are a student or an early career professional and you feel that a bit of guidance would help you and your career EUPHAnxt has the perfect programme for you - the EUPHAnxt mentoring programme. The EUPHAnxt mentoring programme aims to connect the next generation of European public health professionals to more experienced professionals in the field, as well as provide a platform for young public health professionals to expand their professional network. The programme is an opportunity for students and young professionals in the field of public health to get in contact with those more established in the field.
Are you a student or young professional in public health? Apply for the mentoring programme by 15 June!

Conference on Strategic Litigation and Public Health 15 & 16 June 2023

The hybrid conference on Strategic Litigation and Public Health is hosted by the Law & Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit at the University of Liverpool, co-organised by our EUPHA Law and public health section and organised in partnership with many organisations.
Join us in exploring how strategic litigation can contribute to the promotion of better health for all.
For more information view the conference flyer and follow #SLPH2023. 
Registration (for both online and in-person) is done here

Share your perspectives: Students and early career public health professionals competencies consultation

We invite you to complete the short survey on WHO-ASPHER Competencies for Public Health Workforce in the European Region, sharing your perspective with us. The objective of the survey is to identify what are the most relevant/important competencies for students and early career public health professionals. In order to have relevant programmes, training and courses, it is crucial to have your perspective on what is relevant for you in the current labour market. The data collected through this survey will be reflected in a joint EUPHA-ASPHER paper for the European Journal of Public Health. If you are a student or an early career professional and you want to get your voice heard, fill in this survey to let us know which competencies are more important for you. Help us understand what you need.

HealthData@EU Pilot project

Within the HealthData@EU Pilot project, EUPHA, as workpackage leader, is overseeing dissemination and communication activities including the dissemination of the project’s results. This EU-funded project will build a pilot version of the European Health Data Space (EHDS) infrastructure for the secondary use of health data “HealthData@EU” which will serve research, innovation, policy making and regulatory purposes.
Since the launch of the project in October 2022, various milestones have been reached. These include the Proof Of Concept communication which provides a first high-level vision of the target architecture and the organisational framework to implement an EHDS solution. To find out  more about this project and its upcoming results, visit the project website here and/or follow project’s social media channels on Twitter and LinkedIn.

PROPHET project

Led by the Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore (Rome, Italy), the EU-funded PROPHET, a PeRsOnalized Prevention roadmap for the future HEalThcare, project aims to develop a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) for Personalised Prevention, in order to support the implementation of innovative, sustainable and effective personalised programmes to prevent common chronic diseases. EUPHA is carrying out various tasks to contribute to the SRIA, the stakeholder forum, capacity building for health professionals and communication and dissemination activities. In May, the PROPHET project has launched its
new website and social media channels (Twitter and LinkedIn) where the first results will be available soon. The first project newsletter will be sent out in June. Don’t forget to subscribe here

3. European Public Health Week

The fifth European Public Health Week (EUPHW) took place last week, from May 22 to 26. This highly anticipated event involved organisers and participants across 40 European countries. The theme for this year's EUPHW was "Public health: Global issues, local actions." Throughout the week, a remarkable total of 224 events were organised, covering a wide array of topics related to public health, in various formats and aimed at different audiences. Each day focused on specific themes, allowing participants to delve deep into discussions, share knowledge, and foster meaningful connections.

We are pleased to announce that recordings of the daily kick-off webinars, as well as the opening event of the week, are now available on our website. Whether you missed an event or wish to revisit a particularly inspiring session, you can access these recordings at your convenience. Additionally, we encourage you to explore the 2023 EUPHW key messages document.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who contributed to the success of the fifth European Public Health Week. We thank the event organisers for their hard work and dedication in curating an exceptional programme. Our appreciation also goes out to the disseminators who helped spread the word about the EUPHW. To all the event participants, we are grateful for your active engagement and insightful contributions. We also extend our appreciation to our daily partners, whose support was instrumental in making this week a success.

If you wish to stay informed about the EUPHW, whether it’s the recap of this year’s edition or announcements for the 2024 EUPHW, consider sending us an email at, asking to be subscribed to the dedicated EUPHW newsletter.

4. European Public Health Conference


Pre-conference programme

Pre-conferences are held on Wednesday 8 November. The programme is available here. Pre-conferences are held for half day (morning or afternoon) or full day. Attending a pre-conference requires separate registration. This can be done while registering for the main conference but can also be added to your existing registration at a later time. Registration fees are €75 and €150. Sponsored pre-conferences are €20. All pre-conferences are offered including network buffet lunch.

Plenary programme

Plenary 1: Transitioning to more sustainable food systems that support health and wellbeing

Organiser: EuroHealthNet. Thursday 9 November, 14:00 – 15:00 Dublin time (UTC)

Food is central to our health and well-being, yet many aspects of our food systems have become unhealthy and unsustainable. Our food systems today contribute significantly to, and are being destabilized by, the environmental crises we are facing. They have also contributed to creating, entrenching and widening health inequalities across Europe. This plenary session will focus on what measures are urgently needed and must be prioritized to ensure more sustainable food systems and to improve health and well- being across Europe. Read more.

With: Suzanne Costello, Institute of Public Health, Ireland; Tim Lang, City, University of London, United Kingdom; Gunhild A. Stordalen, EAT Foundation, Norway; Anant Jani, PI FEAST, University of Heidelberg, Germany Others to be confirmed.

EUPHA members register with benefits

EUPHA members 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 (all including VAT).We are expecting over 1,500 delegates in Dublin. Meet your colleagues at the largest public health event in Europe during four fully packed conference days. More information here.

Abstract submission results

Thank you for submitting your abstract for the EPH Conference 2023. We received a record number of 2,316 single abstracts and 255 workshop abstracts which are now being reviewed by our experts in the International Scientific Committee. Results of the abstract submission will be communicated to you by mid-June. Keep an eye on your inbox and spam folder! Accepted abstracts are published in the Abstract Supplement of the European Journal of Public Health but only if you have registered for and presented at the conference.

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 recognized 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

New Institutional member: Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care

We warmly welcome the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care of the University of Bergen in Norway to the EUPHA network and look forward to a fruitful cooperation.

EUPHA members respond to pandemic treaty survey

This month, EUPHA members were consulted about the pandemic treaty. In a short questionnaire they were asked to share to what extend they were aware of the ongoing pandemic treaty negotiations; engaged in these negotiations; and how EUPHA could support with the national-level advocacy. The results were presented at the daily kick-off of the Friday of the European Public Health Week. The recording of this webinar is availale here (survey results start at 43 minutes).

Three country case studies presented by EUPHA members @Opening event of the European Public Health Week

The 2023 European Public Health Week launched with an opening webinar on the first day of the Week, Monday, May 22. We discussed burning global issues in public health and showcased initiatives by three EUPHA members from around Europe, trying to tackle those issues with local actions.
EUPHA members contributions were from Prof. Andrzej Fal (Polish Society of Public Health), Dr. Maria Gabriela Barbaglia Navarro (Spanish Public Health Society), and Prof. Christos Lionis (University of Crete). Thank you all for your participation! 
The recording of this opening event is available here.

6. European Journal of Public Health

Advance articles - May 2023

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among first-generation immigrants living in Sweden
Signe Svallfors and others
Impact of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on sugar producers in Ukraine
Kate L Mandeville and others
The best laid plans?: international governance perspectives in AMR national action plans in Europe
Daniel E Carelli and others
Will Germany’s new cannabis policy reform plans serve public health?
Benedikt Fischer and Wayne Hall
The vulnerability to COVID-19 of migrants in large urban areas: structural exacerbators and community-level mitigators
Lisa Hitch and others
The Örebro Musculoskeletal Pain Screening Questionnaire-Short Form and 2-year follow-up of registered work disability
Eveliina Heikkala and others
Association between language barrier and inadequate prenatal care utilization among migrant women in the PreCARE prospective cohort study
Maxime Eslier and others
Explaining the gender gap in COVID-19 vaccination attitudes
Dimiter Toshkov
Urban–rural differences in health literacy in the metropolitan area of Berlin, Germany, and its surroundings
Christine Haeger and others
Challenges in heart failure care in four European countries: a comparative study 
Bianca Steiner and others
Emotional demands and all-cause and diagnosis-specific long-term sickness absence: a prospective cohort study in Sweden
Elisabeth Framke and others
Coverage by examinations associated with early detection of colorectal neoplasia in the Czech Republic
Ondřej Ngo and others
The impact of influences in a medical screening programme invitation: a randomized controlled trial
Christian Patrick Jauernik and others
Attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccination and intention to get vaccinated in Western Balkans: cross-sectional survey
Vida Jeremic Stojkovic and others
The effect of sample attrition in the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions on the estimates of Eurostat’s Healthy Life Years
Magdalena M Muszyńska-Spielauer and Martin Spielauer
Pet ownership during the first 5 years after breast cancer diagnosis in the NEON-BC cohort
Luisa Lopes-Conceição and others
Educational inequalities in hypothermia mortality in the Baltic countries and Finland in 2000–15
Andrew Stickley and others
Epidemiology of bacterial co-infections and risk factors in COVID-19-hospitalized patients in Spain: a nationwide study
R López-Herrero and others
The relationship of income on stroke incidence in Finland and China
Honghui Yao and others
Do non-drinking youth drink less alcohol in young adulthood or do they catch up? Findings from a Swedish birth cohort
Peter Larm and others
Child poverty is exacerbated by the current war-induced cost-of-living crisis: need for new European-wide measures
Aapo Hiilamo and Tea Lallukka
International differences in gradients in early childhood overweight and obesity: the role of maternal employment and formal childcare attendance
Lidia Panico and others
Illicit purchasing and use of flavour accessories after the European Union menthol cigarette ban: findings from the 2020–21 ITC Netherlands Surveys
Christina N Kyriakos and others
Private equity investment in Europe’s primary care sector—a call for research and policy action
Bernd Rechel and others
Survey of current policies towards widening cervical screening coverage among vulnerable women in 22 European countries
Meritxell Mallafré-Larrosa and others
Environmental noise exposure and health outcomes: an umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analysis
Xia Chen and others
Trends in public attitudes to permitting cannabis for recreational use: analysis of Irish survey data since 2002
Deirdre Mongan and others
Concurrent trajectories of residential region in relation to a sustainable working life among Swedish twins
Annina Ropponen and others
Continuity of care and treatment intensity at the end of life in Swiss cancer patients
Caroline Bähler and others
Disruption and selection: the income gradient in mortality among natives and migrants in Sweden
Olof Östergren and others
COVID-19 vaccination and changes in preventive behaviours: findings from the 2021 vaccine roll-out in Switzerland
Sara C Hitchman and others
Vaccine attributes and vaccine uptake in Hungary: evidence from a conjoint experiment
Jack Thompson and others
Externally oriented thinking style increases primary health care use in adolescence
Virve Kekkonen and others
Cost of illness in patients with post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome in Belgium
Ruben Willems and others
The self-reported health of the Sámi in Sweden: the SámiHET study
Miguel San Sebastián and Jon Petter Stoor
Work–life balance and work engagement across the European workforce: a comparative analysis of welfare states
Janina M Björk-Fant and others
Cause-specific mortality in Spain during the pandemic: educational differences and its impact on life expectancy
Jeroen J A Spijker and Sergi Trias-Llimós
Alive and kicking: suicide rates and major soccer events in Austria, Germany and Switzerland
Eva-Maria Pichler and others
Time use, time pressure and sleep: is gender an effect modifier?
Anna J Scovelle and others
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 and others
Regional variations in multimorbidity burden among office-based physicians in Germany
Isabel Geiger and others
Changes in adult obesity prevalence in Denmark, 1987–2021: age–period–cohort analysis of nationally representative data
Stine Schramm and others
Intimate partner violence complaints during COVID-19 lockdown in Spain: a cross-sectional and a case–control study
Belén Sanz-Barbero and others
Differences in hospitalizations associated with severe COVID-19 disease among foreign- and Swedish-born
Sol P Juárez and others
HIV treatment, antiretroviral adherence and AIDS mortality in people who inject drugs: a scoping review
Anneli Uusküla and others
Retraction: The role of individual level health resources on health outcomes of newly settled migrants in Sweden
Maissa Al-Adhami

7. Call for proposals, job opportunities

ECDC Director vacancy now open

The next ECDC Director will have a key role in achieving the Centre’s vision to improve lives in Europe and globally, by applying scientific excellence and empowering EU Member States, the European Commission, and other partners to drive public health policy and practice.
Accountable to ECDC’s Management Board, the Director is the Centre’s legal representative and public face, takes overall responsibility for its operations, and ensures that it achieves its objectives. The appointment is for an initial period of five years, with a possible prolongation for a maximum five years. The post is available from 16 June 2024.
The deadline for the submission of applications is 26 June 2023, 12:00 noon CEST.
Click here for more information.

The next Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

The European Commission (EC) has launched a call for the next Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Eligible candidates are invited to apply by 26 June 2023.

8. Interesting news

Promoting and protecting health amidst the rising cost-of-living crisis

The new Policy Précis by EuroHealthNet provides an overview of EU policies, tools and programmes that can help governments at all levels strengthen measures to mitigate the negative economic, social and health consequences at individual and societal levels. It provides inspirational examples of how public authorities are taking action to implement more health-promoting social protection and care services.

Webinars from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Human Resources for Health Spotlight Webinar Series (European Observatory & WHO)

Upcoming webinars

ECDC on air: Insights on the process of building the EU Health Task Force

In the latest episode of the ECDC on Air (podcast series): Orla Condell, an Emergency Preparedness and Response expert shares her insights on the process of building the EU Health Task Force. Listen here or anywhere you get your podcasts fron.

Global regulators agree on way forward to adapt COVID-19 vaccines to emerging variants

International regulators have published a report today highlighting the outcomes of their discussions on COVID-19 vaccines and the need for and strategy to update their composition based on the emerging evidence on coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 variants and lessons learned from previous vaccine updates. The workshop, co-chaired by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was organised under the umbrella of the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) and took place on 8 May 2023.
Read the full EMA news item here.

9. Upcoming courses and conferences

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

European Health Summit - Summer Edition
8 Jun 2023 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Health Task Force

Eurocare conference at the European Parliament
27 Jun 2023 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare)

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

AI4Health Summer School
3 Jul 2023 - 7 Jul 2023 / Paris, France and online
Organiser: Interdisciplinary Institutes for Artificial Intelligence, MIAI, 3IA Côte d’Azur, Health Data Hub

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

A study is 21 times more likely to find unfavourable results about the nutrition label Nutri-Score if the authors declare a conflict of interest or the study is funded by the food industry

BMJ Global Health | 19 May 2023
This review shows that industry-funded research focuses on narrative reviews aimed at casting doubt on the relevance of findings of previous scientific papers whose results are favourable to Nutri-Score. Taking into account conflicts of interest and industrial funding appears to be an important indicator when assessing the relevance and the performance of a public health tool such as FoPNL Nutri-Score.

Fixing the health workforce crisis in Europe: retention must be the priority

BMJ | April 2023
This opinion piece starts off by stating that Health and care workers in all parts of Europe are experiencing overwork, with high levels of burnout. 

The launch of the EU Health Emergency and Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA): improving global pandemic preparedness?

Health Policy | 27 May 2023
This article concludes that HERA offers an opportunity to strengthen the ability of health systems in Europe and beyond to respond to health emergencies. Yet, we argue, HERA now faces challenges in developing a sustainable structure and achieving its work plan effectively and efficiently.

11. European Institutes news

Mental health projects for mentally healthy communities

The European Mental Health Week ran from 22-28 May and its theme focused on mentally healthy communities. The European Commission has long been dedicated to improving the mental health of European citizens. Under EU health and research programmes, the Commission has been investing in projects promoting mental health and aiming to prevent, diagnose and treat mental illnesses. Learn more about these mental health projects here.

European Week Against Cancer 2023: showcasing EU4Health supported cancer projects

On the occasion of the European Week Against Cancer, the Commission is raising awareness of EU4Health funded cancer projects, which contribute to the aims of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. Launched in 2021, the EU Cancer Plan is a political commitment to turn the tide on cancer and together with the EU Mission on Cancer, it is advancing on a number of fronts.

European Medicines Agency annual report 2022

EMA's 2022 annual report highlights the Agency's most significant achievements in 2022.
This includes EMA's core regulatory activities to protect public and animal health in the EU, and the European medicines regulatory network’s response to COVID-19 and monkeypox. 
It also highlights EMA's activities to implement new EU legislation reinforcing the Agency's role in preparing for and managing crisis situations affecting the EU single market for medicines and medical devices.
The report is available here.

SANT: Hearing on 'Preventing non-communicable diseases'

On the 1 June Subcommittee on Public Health (SANT) of the European Parliament will hold a hearing on ‘Preventing non-communicable diseases’, which will focus on measures to prevent such diseases. NCDs refers to a group of conditions that are not mainly caused by an acute infection, result in long-term health consequences, often create a need for long-term treatment and care (cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic lung illnesses). Hearing will be followed by an exchange of views on SANT own-initiative report on ‘Mental health’.

Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)

On Wednesday, 24 May, the FEMM Committee organised a hearing on “Gender aspects of defence, peace and security”.
The next FEMM committee meetings
 will take place 5, 26 and 27 June 2023.

Involving young people in a sustainable future for Europe

The EU should do more to get young people involved in developing policy for a sustainable future, ministers for youth said in Brussels today. Read the full press release of the European Council here.

12. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 15, 13 April 2023

Imported spring onions related to the first recorded outbreak of enteroinvasive Escherichia coli in Denmark, November to December 2021
A third vaccine dose equalises the levels of effectiveness and immunogenicity of heterologous or homologous COVID-19 vaccine regimens, Lyon, France, December 2021 to March 2022
Limited transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in schools in Ireland during the 2020–2021 school year
Systematic Review
Time to negative throat culture following initiation of antibiotics for pharyngeal group A Streptococcus: a systematic review and meta-analysis up to October 2021 to inform public health control measures 

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 16, 20 April 2023

Rapid communication
Cryptic SARS-CoV-2 lineage identified on two mink farms as a possible result of long-term undetected circulation in an unknown animal reservoir, Poland, November 2022 to January 2023
Epidemic intelligence data of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, European Region, 2012 to 2022: a new opportunity for risk mapping of neglected diseases
COVID-19 outbreaks among crew on commercial ships at the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2020 to 2021
Performance of 20 rapid antigen detection tests to detect SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617.2 (Delta) and B.1.1.529 (Omicron) variants using a clinical specimen panel from January 2022, Berlin, Germany 

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 17, 27 April 2023

Rapid communication
Within-patient horizontal transfer of pOXA-48 from a hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae SL218 to Serratia marcescens following spread of the K. pneumoniae isolate among hospitalised patients, Denmark, 2021
Lack of seroprotection against diphtheria in the Austrian population, in light of reported diphtheria cases in Europe, 2022
An interregional measles outbreak in Spain with nosocomial transmission, November 2017 to July 2018
Mpox outbreak among men who have sex with men in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands: no evidence for undetected transmission prior to May 2022, a retrospective study
Effects of non-compulsory and mandatory COVID-19 interventions on travel distance and time away from home, Norway, 2021

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 18, 04 May 2023

Tick-borne encephalitis epidemiology and surveillance in Poland, and comparison with selected European countries before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, 2008 to 2020
SARS-CoV-2 self-test uptake and factors associated with self-testing during Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 waves in France, January to May 2022
Systematic Review
The role of children in transmission of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern within households: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis, as at 30 June 2022 

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 19, 11 May 2023

Avian influenza, new aspects of an old threat
Rapid communication
Rapid cross-border emergence of NDM-5-producing Escherichia coli in the European Union/European Economic Area, 2012 to June 2022
Hepatitis A notifications in the EU/EEA, 2010–2019: what can we learn from case reporting to the European Surveillance System?
Serosurveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Welsh Blood Donors: Establishment of the surveillance system and results up to November 2022
Antimicrobial resistance of clinical Enterobacterales isolates from urine samples, Germany, 2016 to 2021
Evaluating the effect of targeted strategies as control tools for hypervirulent meningococcal C outbreaks: a case study from Tuscany, Italy, 2015 to 2016 

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 20, 18 May 2023

Antimicrobial resistance monitoring in the Danish swine production by phenotypic methods and metagenomics from 1999 to 2018
Associated deaths and disability-adjusted life-years caused by infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Switzerland, 2010 to 2019
Systematic Review
Clinical epidemiology and case fatality due to antimicrobial resistance in Germany: a systematic review and meta-analysis, 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2021 

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 21, 25 May 2023

Interim 2022/23 influenza vaccine effectiveness: six European studies, October 2022 to January 2023
Comprehensive surveillance of acute respiratory infections during the COVID-19 pandemic: a methodological approach using sentinel networks, Castilla y León, Spain, January 2020 to May 2022
Dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 seroassay sensitivity: a systematic review and modelling study

13. WHO news

World No Tobacco Day Awards 2023: inspiring European advocates

WHO has announced the winners of the 2023 World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) Awards, celebrating the achievements of five inspiring individuals and organizations from across the European Region. These trailblazers have demonstrated exceptional dedication and innovation in the field of tobacco control, pushing the boundaries to create a healthier, tobacco-free future for all.

From securing a strong tobacco control strategy in Belgium, leading a groundbreaking educational campaign in Greece and advocating for comprehensive tobacco control measures in Kazakhstan, to ensuring continuation of the prevention and cessation of tobacco use in Slovenia during the COVID-19 pandemic and contributing to a better understanding of the attractive, addictive and toxic properties of tobacco and nicotine products, these awardees have made a significant impact.

How can we assess the benefits of urban nature?

The potential of urban green and blue spaces to generate better health and well-being is outlined in a new report, which also presents methodologies to assess the value of these impacts on society. “Assessing the value of urban green and blue spaces for health and well-being” is part of a growing body of evidence which supports more consistent decision-making from policy-makers about urban spaces, by illuminating their multifunctional benefits, as well as the potential trade-offs inherent in their provision.

Why rethink mobility in the WHO European Region?

Statement by Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, on the occasion of the 7ᵗʰ UN Global Road Safety Week, 15–21 May 2023

A world emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic offers no better time for governments and their partners to rethink road transport and mobility. Read the full statement here.

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