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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - October 2023

Newsletter - October 2023

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

1. Editorial

Wishing you a pleasant read and looking forward to the 16th European Public Health conference taking place next week.

Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA President & Charlotte Marchandise, EUPHA Executive Director

2. EUPHA update

New EUPHA Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Charlotte Marchandise is the new EUPHA Executive Director.

(photo credits: Laetitia Lopez)
Charlotte Marchandise is an international expert, trainer, and policy advisor specializing in Health, Climate, and Democracy. She has been working closely with organizations, cities, and countries to provide support and guidance in developing effective strategies that not only speak to present needs but also forecast future requirements, towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
From 2014-2020, she served as Deputy Mayor for Health in Rennes and took on significant roles including President of the WHO Healthy Cities French Network and Chair of the Political Vision Group of European Healthy Cities. She champions a unified approach, embracing whole-of-government and whole-of-society perspectives, and bases strategies on robust community empowerment and interventional research.
Committed to health diplomacy and fostering cooperation across diverse sectors, she links universities, grassroots movements, networks, and ministries, translating theoretical frameworks into practical action. Charlotte views Public Health as a critical driver for intersectoral collaboration and action, ensuring impactful, equitable and evidence-based policies strategies that shape a healthier, more sustainable future.

#EUPHAatEPH2023 in Dublin

We are excited to see many of you next week in Dublin, at the 2023 European Public Health Conference. #EPH2023 will feature an extensive line-up of sessions and events, including a remarkable total of 110 sessions co-organised by EUPHA, its sections, and valued partners. While polishing your slides and packing your luggage, we also invite you to connect with us through LinkedIn, X/Twitter, and Facebook. To stay informed and discuss, please use hashtags #EUPHAatEPH2023 and #EPH2023.

Finally, make sure to spot the EUPHA stand in Dublin and come say hello. Slán go fóill!

EUPHA Secretary elected to both the European and US National Academy of Medicine

Charles Agyemang is elected to membership in Academia Europaea and elected by the US National Academy of Medicine. Election to the US Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognises individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Double congratulation to our EUPHA Secretary, Charles Agyemang!

EUPHA Health workforce research midterm conference announcement

Theme of the conference is Investing in healthcare workforce governance: strengthen equity, inclusion and mental health and well-being.
The midterm conference is held from 11-12 April 2024 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Abstract submission is open for which the deadline is 27 November 2023.
Click here for more information.

3. European Public Health Conference


Late breaker

Late breaker: Climate change is a health emergency, organised by EPH Conference and EUPHA. Friday 10 November, 12:50–13:50, Liffey B. No separate registration required. Just take you lunch to the breakout room.

Lunch symposiums

We are organising an exciting lunch symposiums programme. Delegates registered for the main conference may attend these sessions without prior registration. Get your lunch in The Forum, walk in and join the session. More information.

Thursday 9 November, 12:50 – 13:50

Epidemic Intelligence – global lessons and how best to prepare for the next pandemic, organised by Conduent

Our Food, Our Health, Our Earth: EU funding opportunities, organised by European Health and Digital Executive Agency (HaDEA)

The making of a leader: women leaders in Public Health. A session for young public health professionals, organised by WHO Regional Office for Europe, European Public Health Alliance, EUPHAnxt

Enabling health and care systems transformation through the THCS Partnership, organised by European Partnership on Transforming Health and Care Systems (THCS)

Friday 10 November, 12:50 – 13:50

Life course immunisation: protecting public health, organised by Pfizer Healthcare Ireland

Health inequalities and multimorbidity as challenges to the sustainability of public health systems – examples from Finland and Scotland, organised by IMPRO - multidisciplinary research project by the Universities of Eastern Finland, Aalto, Oulo and THL, Finland

Conference statement

The ways in which we, humans, produce our food have become unsustainable. We urgently need a commitment to sustainable practices, lower greenhouse gas emissions, improving biodiversity, and guaranteeing food security for all. Especially post-COVID-19, the urgency to act decisively to preserve our planet and our well-being is obvious. You are invited to co-sign the Conference Statement as a public health organisation, institute, or member association by sending your support (and logo) to: Read the full statement here.

Update plenary programme

Names of speakers and moderators are now all confirmed. Read more here.

Opening Ceremony, Thu 9 November, 11:40–12:40 (all Dublin times)

Transitioning to more sustainable food systems that support health and wellbeing, organised by EuroHealthNet, Thu 9 November, 14:00–15:00 with a video address by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

Commercial determinants of non-communicable diseases: the imperative for a systems approach, by EUPHA and European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Thu 9 November, 17:50-18:50

Building the future One Health workforce, by ASPHER and EHMA, Fri 10 November, 10:30-11:30

On the path to an equitable and sustainable digital future for European health systems, by WHO Regional Office for Europe, Fri 10 November, 14:00-15:00

Safeguarding health together: preparing the European Union's health priorities, by European Commission, Sat 11 November, 10:30-11:30

Closing Ceremony, Sat 11 November, 15:10-15:55, with a video address by Mary Robertson, former President of Ireland and founder Mary Robertson Foundation - Climate Justice

Update pre-conference programme

Pre-conferences are held on Wednesday 8 November. The full programme is announced on our website. Pre-conferences can be booked when registering for the main conference. If you are already registered you can add a pre-conference to your registration by sending an email with your preferred pre-conference to Registration fees are €75 and €150. Sponsored pre-conferences are €20. (inclusive network buffet lunch and VAT).

Public health in Dublin

When in Dublin for the EPH Conference, why not learn more about public health in Dublin neighbourhoods? Join the pre-conference Assessing health needs: a public health diagnosis of two Dublin communities, Wed 8 Nov, 13:30-17:00. Health needs assessments do not always reflect the health needs of the population. In two deprived neighbourhoods in Dublin, researchers worked with community members to identify the community's real felt health needs and assets. Read more.

Young Researchers' Forum (YRF)

The full programme of the YRF is now available on our website. Read more.


Registration for the 16th EPH Conference in Dublin is still open. More than 2,250 colleagues have already registered. Onsite registration in Dublin is possible but payment is only by credit card. Read more.

special issue of Eurohealth

We are excited to announce the upcoming special issue of Eurohealth, a journal published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, dedicated to this year’s EPH Conference. Articles cover insightful subjects including sustainable food systems, commercial determinants of NCDs, the EU’s health priorities, the future One Health workforce, and 25 years of rich collaboration between EUPHA and the Observatory. Make sure you get your copy by signing up here.


4. EUPHA members update

New boards at the Belgium and Spanish associations

Newly elected boards at both the Belgium Association of Public Health Association (BAPH) and Spanish Association of Public Health and Healthcare (Sociedad Española de Salud Pública y Administración Sanitaria (SESPAS)). EUPHA wishes the new boards success!

5. European Journal of Public Health

Volume 33, Issue 5, October 2023

Front-of-pack nutrition labelling: time for the EU to adopt a harmonized scheme
Nikhil Gokani and Amandine Garde
Will Germany’s new cannabis policy reform plans serve public health?
Benedikt Fischer and Wayne Hall
Reducing the risks of nuclear war: the role of health professionals
Kamran Abbasi and others 

Increasing social disparities in obesity among 15 000 pre-schoolers in a German district from 2009 to 2019
Zora Michel and others
Assessing the impact of energy and fuel poverty on health: a European scoping review
Sarah N Champagne and others
Is the association between financial scarcity and health behaviours moderated by cultural capital? The GLOBE study
Sigrid L Oosterwegel and others
Time trends in income-related disparity in incidence of acute coronary syndrome
Amalie H Simoni and others 

Defining medical deserts—an international consensus-building exercise
Monica G Brînzac and others
Application of Internet hospitals for first-visit patients with COVID-19 during the pandemic in China
Ye Zhang and others 

Is breastfeeding duration related to the health of migrant mother–child dyads experiencing homelessness? The ENFAMS cross-sectional survey
Alexandra Descarpentrie and others
Differences in the risk of premature cancer mortality between natives and immigrants in Spain
Rafael Grande and others
Community-acquired antimicrobial resistance among Syrian refugees and the local population in Türkiye
Serap Süzük Yıldız and others
Demographic and epidemiological characteristics of Ukrainian refugees in an Italian Local Health Authority
Paolo Parente and others 

Exploring exposure to multiple psychosocial work factors: prospective associations with depression and sickness absence
Jonas Christian Lunen and others
Self-rated work ability as a risk factor for disability retirement
Sakari Kainulainen and others 

Help-seeking following a flooding event: a cross-sectional analysis of adults affected by flooding in England in winter 2013/14
L Findlater and others
Heatwaves and their health risks: knowledge, risk perceptions and behaviours of the German population in summer 2022
Parichehr Shamsrizi and others 

Changes in prevalence and sociodemographic correlates of tobacco and nicotine use in Finland during the COVID-19 pandemic
Sebastián Peña and others
Beyond MPOWER: a systematic review of population-level factors that affect European tobacco smoking rates
Leah K Watson and others
Patterns of cigarette and e-cigarette use among UK adolescents: a latent class analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study
Charlotte Vrinten and others
Smoke-free home restrictions in Armenia and Georgia: motives, barriers and secondhand smoke reduction behaviors
Carla J Berg and others 

Physical activity during early life and the risk of all-cause mortality in midlife: findings from a birth cohort study
Natan Feter and others
Physical activity in childhood and adolescence and future depressive symptoms: an 11-year prospective cohort study
Christopher Knowles and others
Are active school transport and leisure-time physical activity associated with performance and wellbeing at secondary school? A population-based study
Juuso J Jussila and others
Prevalence of sufficient physical activity among general adult population and sub-populations with chronic conditions or disability in the USA
Lijun Xu and others

Association between Covid-19 sources of information, beliefs, and vaccination rates: an EU-wide survey
Ernesto De la Cruz-Sánchez and others
Countering vaccine hesitancy: a systematic review of interventions to strengthen healthcare professionals’ action
Giuseppina Lo Moro and others 

Age and sex differences in cause-specific excess mortality and years of life lost associated with COVID-19 infection in the Swedish population
Christina E Lundberg and others
Prevalence and risk factors of SARS-CoV-2 antibody responses among healthcare workers (June 2020–November 2021)
Maria Pilar Barrufet and others
Variation in mortality burden of the COVID-19 pandemic across federal states in Germany
Marina Kolobova and others
Assessment of a SARS-CoV-2 population-wide rapid antigen testing in Italy: a modeling and economic analysis study
Marianna Cavazza and others
Assessing the availability and quality of COVID-19 mortality data in Europe: a comparative analysis
Ivan Marinković and others

European citizens’ perspectives on direct-to-consumer genetic testing: an updated systematic review
Ilda Hoxhaj and others 

European Public Health News
Marieke Verschuuren and others

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

WFPHA calls for submissions for Volume 2 of the Casebook on Advocacy in Public Health. Share your stories of public health advocacy from around the globe

Learn more & submit your case here. The deadline is December 31, 2023

Call for experts for the Advisory Committee on Public Health Emergencies

DG SANTE is launching an Open Call to invite independent experts of 16 different economic sectors to submit their applications for the multidisciplinary expert group “Advisory Committee on public health emergencies” in accordance with Article 24 of Regulation 2022/2371 on Cross-border Threats to Health. Deadline 15 November 2023. 

(Senior) Consultant EU Health Policy and Evaluation, Netherlands

You will be part of a team of 22 consultants in the sector Inclusive Societies, Health, Justice and Migration. Our team consists of ambitious people. In addition to hard work, there is also ample attention given to social activities and personal development. Applications are open until Friday 17 November. You can find the job description here.

7. Interesting news

Two interesting upcoming webinars on primary health care by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Integrating public health and primary health services: building strong foundations for population health, 14 November
Ensuring health security: how the primary health care approach can strengthen resilience, 21 November

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2023

To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2023, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) highlights recent and new results related to the global burden of breast cancer, risk factors for developing breast cancer, and initiatives to prevent breast cancer.

8. Upcoming courses and conferences

Communication, Marketing and Social Media
6 Nov 2023 - 10 Nov 2023 / Hybrid: Allschwil, Switzerland and online
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

WHO Barcelona course on health financing for universal health coverage 2023
20 Nov 2023 - 24 Nov 2023 / Barcelona, Spain
Organiser: WHO

Workshop on Evaluation of Public Health Interventions using Quasi-Experimental Methods
23 Nov 2023 - 24 Nov 2023 / Berlin, Germany
Organiser: Robert Koch Institut

4th EMA/HMA Big Data Stakeholder Forum
4 Dec 2023 / tbd
Organiser: European Medicines Agency

Economic Evaluation in Health Care
18 Jan 2024 - 22 Mar 2024 / Allschwil, Switzerland and online (apply by 31-12-23)
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

Traveller's Health
22 Jan 2024 - 26 Jan 2024 / Hybrid: Allschwil, Switzerland and online
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

DAS Health Care and Management: From Research to Implementation
18 Mar 2024 - 21 Jun 2024 / Allschwil, Switzerland (apply by 31-12-23)
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

Health Care and Management: From Research to Implementation
28 Mar 2024 - 21 Jun 2024 / Allschwil, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

9. Interesting publications

Who are the superheroes? A cross-sectional study on the determinants of good health among Italian older adults

Aging Clinical and Experimental Research | 25 October 2023
This telephone-based cross-sectional study concludes that differences in the older adults’ health status are largely attributable to their lifestyles but are also likely due to gender, educational, and socio-economic disparities, which should be properly addressed by public health policies.

Moving from health workforce crisis to health workforce success: the time to act is now

The Lancet Regional Health Europe | October 2023
This comment from the WHO/Euro sums up the numerous crises and the effects on the health workforce.

Individual-level risk factors for suicide mortality in the general population: an umbrella review

Lancet Public Health | November 2023
This umbrella overview concludes that a wide range of risk factors were identified across various domains, which underscores suicide mortality as a multifactorial phenomenon. Prevention strategies that span individual and population approaches should account for the identified factors and their relative strengths. Despite the large number of risk factors investigated, few associations were supported by robust evidence. Evidence of causal inference will need to be tested in high-quality study designs.

10. European Institutions’ news

Parliament to hold its fourth European Gender Equality Week

During the last week of October 2023, the European Parliament holds its fourth European Gender Equality Week.

Following the success of the first three editions organised in October 2020, 2021 and 2022, the European Parliament continues this important initiative to highlight its continues efforts to place women at the centre of legislation. Since the last edition of the European Gender Equality Week, important legislation was adopted: Women on boardsEqual pay, as well as the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention.

Large majority of Europeans consider mental health promotion as important as physical health promotion

On the eve of World Mental Health Day, a new Eurobarometer on mental health has revealed that nine in ten respondents (89%) consider that mental health promotion is as important as physical health promotion.
And on World mental health day (10 Oct) the European Commission held a high-level conference in Brussels to mark World Mental Health Day. 

People first: Healthy Workplaces Campaign guides digitalisation of work

The official launch of the new Healthy Workplaces Campaign, 'Safe and healthy work in the digital age' by the European Union information agency for occupational safety and health took place 25 OCtober 2023. Addressing the impact of technologies like robots or Artificial Intelligence and new forms of work such as digital platform work and remote work, the campaign aims to promote collaboration, enhance awareness, and encourage a safe and productive use of digital technologies across diverse sectors and workplaces.

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 39, 28 September 2023

Rapid communication
A community cluster of influenza A(H3N2) virus infection with reduced susceptibility to baloxavir due to a PA E199G substitution in Japan, February to March 2023
Emi Takashita, Seiichiro Fujisaki, Hiroko Morita, Shiho Nagata, Hideka Miura, Yuki Matsuura, Saya Yamamoto, Shoko Chiba, Yumiko Inoue, Iori Minami, Sayaka Yoshikawa, Seiko Yamazaki, ao
High attack rate in a large care home outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 BA.2.86, East of England, August 2023
Lucy Reeve, Elise Tessier, Amy Trindall, Nurin Iwani Binti Abdul Aziz, Nick Andrews, Matthias Futschik, Jessica Rayner, Alexis Didier’Serre, Rebecca Hams, Natalie Groves, Eileen Gallagher, ao
Increased reports of severe myocarditis associated with enterovirus infection in neonates, United Kingdom, 27 June 2022 to 26 April 2023
Anika Singanayagam, Catherine Moore, Susannah Froude, Cristina Celma, Julia Stowe, Erjola Hani, Khuen Foong Ng, Peter Muir, Marion Roderick, Simon Cottrell, David F. Bibby, Barry Vipond, ao

Healthcare-associated infections by multidrug-resistant bacteria in Andalusia, Spain, 2014 to 2021
Nicolás Francisco Fernández-Martínez, Mario Rivera-Izquierdo, Rocío Ortiz-González-Serna, Virginia Martínez-Ruiz, Pablo Lardelli-Claret, Adrián Hugo Aginagalde-Llorente, María del Carmen Valero-Ubierna, María Auxiliadora Vergara-Díaz  and Nicola Lorusso
Meningococcal carriage in children and young adults: a cross-sectional and longitudinal study, Iceland, 2019 to 2021
Iris Kristinsdottir, Linda J Visser, Willem R Miellet, Rob Mariman, Gerlinde Pluister, Gunnsteinn Haraldsson, Asgeir Haraldsson, Krzysztof Trzciński  and Valtyr Thors

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 40, 05 October 2023

Rapid communication
A 95% decline in estimated newly acquired HIV infections, Amsterdam, 2010 to 2022
The HIV Transmission Elimination AMsterdam (H-TEAM) Initiative

A comparison of COVID-19 incidence rates across six European countries in 2021
Michael Padget, Pauline Adam, Marina Dorfmuller, Clara Blondel, Ines Campos-Matos, Myriam Fayad, Alberto Mateo-Urdiales, David Mesher, Adriana Pistol, Javiera Rebolledo, Flavia Riccardo, Maximilian Riess, Lavinia Cipriana Rusu, Didier Che, Bruno Coignard  and COVID-19 Study group
West Nile virus in the Iberian Peninsula: using equine cases to identify high-risk areas for humans
José-María García-Carrasco, Antonio-Román Muñoz, Jesús Olivero, Marina Segura, Ignacio García-Bocanegra  and Raimundo Real

External quality assessment of orthohantavirus and lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus molecular detection and serology in Europe, 2021
Mert Erdin, Kamelia R Stanoeva, Ramona Mögling, Miša Korva, Nataša Knap, Katarina Resman Rus, Cristina Domingo, Johan HJ Reimerink, Ankje de Vries, Hussein Alburkat, Mira Utriainen, Céline M Gossner, Tarja Sironen, Tatjana Avšič-Županc, Chantal BEM Reusken  and Olli Vapalahti

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 41, 12 October 2023

Rapid communication
Food-borne botulism outbreak during the Rugby World Cup linked to marinated sardines in Bordeaux, France, September 2023
Léa Courtot-Melciolle, Marine Jauvain, Mona Siefridt, Renaud Prevel, Olivia Peuchant, Olivier Guisset, Gaëlle Mourissoux, Laure Diancourt, Christelle Mazuet, Gauthier Delvallez, Alexandre Boyer  and Arthur Orieux

Analysis of avian influenza A (H3N8) viruses in poultry and their zoonotic potential, China, September 2021 to May 2022
Pengfei Cui, Jianzhong Shi, Cheng Yan, Congcong Wang, Yuancheng Zhang, Yaping Zhang, Xin Xing, Yuan Chen, Jie Zhang, Liling Liu, Xianying Zeng, Guobin Tian, Chengjun Li, Yasuo Suzuki, Guohua Deng  and Hualan Chen
Epidemiology of common infectious diseases before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bavaria, Germany, 2016 to 2021: an analysis of routine surveillance data
Sarah van de Berg, Tanja Charles, Achim Dörre, Katharina Katz  and Stefanie Böhm

The value of manual backward contact tracing to control COVID-19 in practice, the Netherlands, February to March 2021: a pilot study
Timo Louis Boelsums, Inge Anna Theresia van de Luitgaarden, Jane Whelan, Hanna Poell, Charlotte Maria Hoffman, Ewout Fanoy, Maaike Buskermolen  and Jan Hendrik Richardus

Implementation of a broad public health approach to COVID-19 in Sweden, January 2020 to May 2022
Anders Tegnell, Anna Bessö, Britta Björkholm, Sara Byfors, Johan Carlson  and Karin Tegmark Wisell

Job vacancy at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 42, 19 October 2023

Rapid communication
Highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection in foxes with PB2-M535I identified as a novel mammalian adaptation, Northern Ireland, July 2023
Paula Lagan, Robyn McKenna, Salam Baleed, Bob Hanna, Jason Barley, Shirley McConnell, Anastasia Georgaki, Tarja Sironen, Ari Kauppinen, Tuija Gadd, Erika Lindh, Niina Ikonen, Michael J McMenamy  and Ken Lemon
Rapid spread of a novel NDM-producing clone of Klebsiella pneumoniae CC147, Northern Italy, February to August 2023
Irene Mileto, Greta Petazzoni, Marta Corbella, Stefano Gaiarsa, Cristina Merla, Angela Kuka, Marina Ramus, Cristina Terulla, Micaela Brandolini, Antonio Piralla, Patrizia Cambieri  and Fausto Baldanti

Emergence and rapid dissemination of highly resistant NDM-14-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae ST147, France, 2022
Cécile Emeraud, Aba Mahamat, Agnès B. Jousset, Sandrine Bernabeu, Tania Goncalves, Camille Pommier, Delphine Girlich, Aurélien Birer, Christophe Rodriguez, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Thierry Naas, Rémy A. Bonnin  and Laurent Dortet
Ecological and environmental factors affecting the risk of tick-borne encephalitis in Europe, 2017 to 2021
Francesca Dagostin, Valentina Tagliapietra, Giovanni Marini, Claudia Cataldo, Maria Bellenghi, Scilla Pizzarelli, Rosaria Rosanna Cammarano, William Wint, Neil S Alexander, Markus Neteler, Julia Haas, Timothée Dub, Luca Busani  and Annapaola Rizzoli
Tuberculosis incidence in foreign-born people residing in European countries in 2020
Anca Vasiliu, Niklas Köhler, Ekkehardt Altpeter, Tinna Rán Ægisdóttir, Marina Amerali, Wouter Arrazola de Oñate, Ágnes Bakos, Stefania D’Amato, Daniela Maria Cirillo, Reinout van Crevel, ao

Eurosurveillance - Volume 28, Issue 43, 26 October 2023

Rapid communication
Preliminary investigation of a significant national Cryptosporidium exceedance in the United Kingdom, August 2023 and ongoing
Lewis Peake, Thomas Inns, Christopher Jarvis, Grace King, Hussein Rabie, Joan Henderson, Adrian Wensley, Reece Jarratt, Christopher Roberts, Christopher Williams, Oghogho Orife, Lynda Browning, ao
Increasing proportions of extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing isolates among Escherichia coli from urine and bloodstream infections: results from a nationwide surveillance network, Finland, 2008 to 2019
Heikki Ilmavirta, Jukka Ollgren, Kati Räisänen, Tuure Kinnunen, Antti J Hakanen, Jari Jalava  and Outi Lyytikäinen

Role of the National Immunisation Technical Advisory Groups in 13 European countries in the decision-making process on vaccine recommendations
Domenico Martinelli, Filippo Quattrone, Francesca Fortunato, Elisa Di Maggio, Antonietta Filia, Maria Cristina Rota, Pier Luigi Lopalco  and Rosa Prato

12. WHO news

WHO/Europe, the European Commission and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control urge eligible groups to get vaccinated or boosted to save lives this autumn and winter

As autumn turns to winter, the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control are issuing a clear, urgent message: people who remain unprotected against both COVID-19 and seasonal influenza – especially those most vulnerable and at risk – should take up any offer for vaccination to prevent or mitigate the impact of these co-circulating respiratory infections.  

73rd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe draws to a close with a clear focus on resilience amid ongoing challenges and crises

The 73rd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC73), held on 24–26 October 2023 in Astana, Kazakhstan, brought together the Region’s 53 Member States along with a range of health stakeholders, including civil society and, notably, youth representatives from across the Region. Learn more about this 73rd session here.

WHO outlines considerations for regulation of artificial intelligence for health

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new publication listing key regulatory considerations on artificial intelligence (AI) for health. The publication emphasizes the importance of establishing AI systems’ safety and effectiveness, rapidly making appropriate systems available to those who need them, and fostering dialogue among stakeholders, including developers, regulators, manufacturers, health workers, and patients.

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