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The European Public Health Association
Newsletter - February 2024

Newsletter - February 2024

  1. Editorial
  2. EUPHA update
  3. European Public Health Week
  4. European Public Health Conference
  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

Dear reader,

We're excited to bring you this edition of the EUPHA newsletter, highlighting the collective insights from our recent Sections Council meeting. Our Sections will now have a monthly platform to showcase their activities and contributions, underlining the vitality of our community.

This year, we are proud to anchor the European Public Health Week (EUPHW) 2024 around the theme "Health is a political choice!" It emphasizes our dedication to advocating for health on every political agenda. The week begins with a special event in Brussels, setting the stage for a series of discussions on innovation in public health—our focal point for the year. Highlighting our commitment to the next generation, the EUPHW will conclude with an event dedicated to young leadership, truly handing them the reins to shape the discussion and the future of public health.

As we move forward, our efforts will be framed by the theme of the upcoming European Public Health Conference: " Sailing the waves of European public health: exploring a sea of innovation“.  
What does innovation mean for us as public health professionals, and how can it shape the future of health and well-being? It's important to emphasize that innovation encompasses more than just digitalization; we aim to broaden the discussion to include all forms of innovation. These are the questions we will explore, aiming to inspire and be inspired by the diverse and creative practices within our community, whether they are technological, procedural, or conceptual.

Warmest regards,

Dr Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA President, and Charlotte Marchandise, Executive Director

2. EUPHA update

Urgent Call for Ceasefire and Protection of Health Rights in the Wake of Conflict in Gaza

The European Public Health Association condemns the murderous attack by Hamas militants on 7th October 2023 that led to the deaths of about 1,200 people in Israel and the taking of an estimated 240 hostages. EUPHA sends its heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones and calls on the parties involved to ensure the release of those who continue to be held without further bloodshed.
Read the full statement here.

Meet-the-Section: Public health policy and politics (PHPP)

Starting this month, we will include the new Meet-the-Section feature in the monthly EUPHA newsletter. The idea is to briefly introduce the work of one of the 26 EUPHA Sections and three initiative sections each month and elicit your interest in following their work or even getting actively involved.

Symbolically linked to the 2024 European Public Health Week overarching topic (“Health is a political choice!”) and the important election year that 2024 is, we start by presenting the Public Health Policy and Politics (PHPP) Section.

Public health policy and politics may sound broad at first sight, but if health is (or should be) in all policies, it should also be in all politics. This Section, therefore, nurtures cross-sectional collaboration across many of the topics covered by other EUPHA Sections. Our aim is to raise awareness about the challenges, impacts and connections between health, policy and politics. Section’s past activities included scientific and policy publications (on the above-mentioned topics), training for your professionals (“Pitch to policymakers”) and a wide range of seminars and workshops (on hot topics in policy and politics). Platforms used were the European Journal of Public Health, EPH Conferences, European Public Health Weeks and others. This year, many elections around Europe offer a unique opportunity to spark a discussion on the influence of politics on health. Stay tuned for upcoming activities!

Please sign up to receive future PHPP Section Newsflash emails (2-3 times per year). This can be done through your EUPHA member account or via the subscription link on our webpages here. For more information, please see the Section website. If you are interested in actively contributing to the work of the PHPP Section, please express your interest using this form.

Sofia Ribeiro, Rana Orhan and Damir Ivanković
PHPP Section President and VPs

EUPHAnxt interview with Health workforce research section president Marius Ungureanu

During the European Public Health Conference in Dublin, Ireland, EUPHAnxt had the pleasure of talking with Marius Ungureanu, MD, PhD, the new president of the EUPHA Health workforce research section. We asked him about the section's future plans and his position on some of the burning issues of today’s state of the health and care workforce in Europe and beyond. Read the interview here.

Upcoming EUPHA webinars

Keep an eye on the EUPHA webinar webpage here.

  • Fourth in-between seminar of the EUPHA Social security, work and health section
    March 19, 2024 - 13:00-15:00 CET
    Organised by: EUPHA-SSWH
    At this digital seminar we will aim to showcase the range of research going on within the research field by letting a number of young researchers present their projects. We will also allow plenty of time for questions and discussions. We hope that many will take the opportunity to meet up and be inspired! Click on the link here. The program including the list of speakers will be presented soon

  • How are tobacco companies circumventing tobacco control legislation in Israel?
    March 28, 2024 - 16:00-17:00 CET
    Organised by: EUPHA-CHR
    Presenter: Dr. Yael Bar-Zeev, MD, MPH, PhD Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    More information will follow.

  • Surveillance bias of Cancer
    April 25, 2024 - 16:00-17:00 CET
    Organised by: EUPHA-CHR
    Presenters: Dr Stefano Tancredi, MD, and Prof Arnaud Chiolero, MD PhDPopulation Health Laboratory, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
    More information will follow.

3. European Public Health Week

This year’s European Public Health Week has the overarching topic “Health is a political choice!”.  With millions of Europeans heading to the polls this year, the importance of putting health (back) on all agendas has never been more pressing if we want to advocate for better health. We will open the conversation with a kick-off event in Brussels, hosted by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (with live online streaming). Throughout the week, we will explore different daily themes – all in the context of our overarching weekly topic and the focus of the 2024 European Public Health Conference - innovation.

Daily themes and partners (Further information on daily partners will follow soon).

Get involved

We would love to have you involved! You can do so in one of three ways: host an event, spread the word, or join an event. For more information, please see our page or get in touch (

Stay up-to-date

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

4. European Public Health Conference



Next webinar 'Sailing to Lisbon 2024': 27 March 2024, 11:00 CET

Join us for our monthly webinar series titled ‘Sailing to Lisbon 2024’ on 27 March, 11:00 CET. Theme of the second webinar: Urban health. More details will be announced shortly on our website.

Abtract submission is open

Abstract submission for the 17th EPH Conference 2024 is open from 1 February until 1 May 2024, 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 knowledge with others. More information here.

Abstract tutoring programme 

EPH Conference and EUPHAnxt offer an Abstract Tutoring Programme providing an opportunity for young and/or less experienced abstract submitters to receive feedback from experienced reviewers. The programme is targeted at researchers who have limited access to colleagues to ask for guidance and comments on their proposed abstracts. More information here.


Registration for the 17th EPH Conference opens 1 April 2024. Registration fees will be announced on our website.

Theme and programme

The 17th EPH Conference will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 12 – 15 November 2024. Note that from 2024 onwards main EPH Conferences will be held from Wednesday to Friday. Pre-conferences will be held on Tuesday 12 November. The main conference is from 13 – 15 November. Theme of the EPH conference 2024 is: Sailing the waves of European public health: exploring a sea of innovation. The conference will be held at the Lisbon Congress Center (CCL). Read more here.

5. European Journal of Public Health

Volume 34, Issue 1, February 2024

Transforming health systems for incorporating personalized health interventions 
Roberta Pastorino and others

To admit mistakes is not a weakness: it is the first step on the road of progress 
Vasiliy Vlassov
Local stakeholder’s viewpoint on Vlassov’s contribution 
Charlotte Marchandise
Learning policy lessons from the pandemic: the UK’s COVID Inquiry 
Martin McKee

Do financial hardships affect health? A study among older adults in Switzerland 
Magali Dumontet and others
Sociodemographic characteristics and COVID-19 testing rates: spatiotemporal patterns and impact of test accessibility in Sweden 
Beatrice Kennedy and others
Social inequalities in the risk of giving birth to a small for gestational age child in Sweden 2010–16: a cross-sectional study adopting an intersectional approach 
Sten Axelsson Fisk and others 

Chronic disease onset and wellbeing development: longitudinal analysis and the role of healthcare access 
Barbara Stacherl and Odile Sauzet
Understanding the conditions included in data-driven patterns of multimorbidity: a scoping review 
Luxsena Sukumaran and others
European value-based healthcare benchmarking: moving from theory to practice 
Borja García-Lorenzo and others 

Professionalization of the public health workforce: scoping review and call to action 
Katarzyna Czabanowska and others
Training needs assessment tools for the public health workforce at an institutional and individual level: a review 
Katarzyna Czabanowska and Pablo Rodriguez Feria
Undermining support for COVID-19 public health policies: an analysis of the impact of subversive conspiracy narratives on Czech General Practitioners 
Jaromír Volek and Václav Moravec
Public attitudes, knowledge and educational needs toward genetic testing and omics sciences: a pilot survey conducted in Italy 
Giovanna Elisa Calabrò and others 

Child disability as a family issue: a study on mothers’ and fathers’ health in Italy 
Nicoletta Balbo and Danilo Bolano
Preschool children from lower household incomes experience inequality in asthma treatment: findings from a Danish nationwide cohort study 
Camilla Klinge Renneberg and others
Variation in follow-up for children born very preterm in Europe 
Anna-Veera Seppänen and others
Does fear-of-failure mediate the relationship between educational expectations and stress-related complaints among Swedish adolescents? A structural equation modelling approach 
Matthew R Cashman and others 

An investment case analysis for the prevention and treatment of adolescent mental disorders and suicide in England 
Angela Jackson-Morris and others
Associations between neighbourhood characteristics, physical activity and depressive symptoms: the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 Study 
Nina Rautio and others

The sociodemographic patterning of sick leave and determinants of longer sick leave after mild and severe COVID-19: a nationwide register-based study in Sweden 
Malin Spetz and others
Risk of unemployment and work disability among refugee and non-refugee migrants with incident psychotic disorders in Sweden and Denmark 
Suborna Mastafa and others
How does lowering psychosocial risks influence sickness absence? A prospective cohort study analyzed as a quasi-experiment 
Rahman Shiri and others 

Dose dependence of prenatal fluoride exposure associations with cognitive performance at school age in three prospective studies 
Philippe Grandjean and others
The impact of air pollution on hospitalization for COPD patients in China 
Chen Chen and others 

An analysis of COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Ukraine 
Tetiana Vasylivna Mamontova
Factors associated with vaccine adherence among an underserved population: the adult Travellers in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France 
Sahar Haidar and others
Cost of illness of the vaccine-preventable diseases influenza, herpes zoster and pneumococcal disease in France 
Lauren Brown and others 

Predicting Covid-19 infection and death rates among E.U. minority populations in the absence of racially disaggregated data through the use of US data comparisons 
Paola Cecchi Dimeglio and others
Enhanced surveillance of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Europe: an evaluation of the I-MOVE-COVID-19 surveillance network 
Johanna J Young and others

Changes in weight status during the COVID-19 pandemic: impact of educational level and mental health 
Siri Rosenkilde and others
SARS-CoV-2 transmission risk for common group activities and settings: a living scoping review 
Niyati Vyas and others 

Thank you to reviewers 
Peter Allebeck and others 

Elevating Public Health through European Elections: A Call to Action 
Charlotte Marchandise and others

6. Call for proposals, job opportunities

EU4Health call for tenders to build capacity and knowledge for the implementation of the EU Health Technology Assessment Regulation (HTAR).

HaDEA has published the call for tenders HADEA/2023/OP/0032 - Building capacity and knowledge for the implementation of the EU Health Technology Assessment Regulation (HTAR)

This call aims to: 

  1. Provide training services to ensure EU Health Technology Assessment (HTA) agencies consolidate their knowledge and experience on joint HTA work; 
  2. Establish a competency framework on the technical expertise required for carrying out joint clinical assessments (JCAs) and join scientific consultations (JSCs) for both medicinal products and medical devices.

More information here.

Call for experts in Open Science Practices for Health Research?

The EPIC (Enhancing Palliative Care in Intensive Care Units) project kicked off in January 2024, and we're seeking an Open Science expert to take part in a webinar for our consortium members! Are you interested in sharing your knowledge of Open Science with our consortium? Get in touch with Fodhla ( to discuss.

Call for expression of interest – Members representing non-governmental organisations in the Advisory Forum of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). More information here.

The European Commission invites health stakeholders to submit proposals for a new cycle of Thematic Networks under the EU Health Policy Platform framework

The European Commission invites health stakeholders to submit proposals for a new cycle of Thematic Networks under the EU Health Policy Platform framework.

Thematic Networks are created for stakeholder organisations to collaborate and produce a Joint Statement on a specific issue. The statement summarises their position and proposes actions in one of the following public health areas:

  1. Climate change and health, particularly on heat stress or building health system capacity
  2. Life-time approach to prevention with stakeholders contributing to a comprehensive and multi-sectorial approach on healthy longevity
  3. Unlocking the power of artificial intelligence against cancer

The European Commission may also consider proposals from other health policy areas if stakeholders provide sound reasons and evidence.

Deadline for submission: 3 April 2024, 23.59 CET, Brussels time.

Junior Research Position Digital Technology to Support Preference-Sensitive Decision-Making in Health Care at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME) of the University of Zurich

The Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME) of the University of Zurich is currently seeking a junior research fellow to join our team. The successful applicant will embark on an interdisciplinary project (including ethicists, data scientists, and clinicians) aimed at exploring the integration of digital technology within the context of shared and/or advance decision-making in clinical settings. This project is focused on the development, testing and use of digital applications with human-computer interaction methodologies in (neuro-)intensive care scenarios.
As a leading center in biomedical ethics, the IBME is expanding its research into the field of innovative technology in medicine. We offer a dynamic and stimulating research environment, bolstered by our strong connections with the University Hospitals Zurich and ETH Zurich. We are deeply committed to fostering the professional growth of young academics within our institution. The research can be carried out as a PhD project in the PhD program “Biomedical Ethics and Law”. More information here.

7. Interesting news

PROPHET Mapping Results workshop , 14 March 2024, online

PROPHETis a Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme ‘Staying healthy in a rapidly changing society’ and is aligned with the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine (ICPerMed). 

The overall objective of the “Personalised Prevention Roadmap for the future healthcare in Europe” (PROPHET) project is to design a Strategic Research Innovation Agenda (SRIA), co-created together with a large panel of stakeholders gathered in the PROPHET Stakeholder Forum, to adopt Personalized Prevention approaches in EU health systems. Personalised prevention strategies are in fact only possible if citizens, health professionals and policy makers are all aware of their potential and have the knowledge and resources to design and implement them.

We are pleased to invite you to participate to our workshop on mapping results organised online on 14 March 2024, from 12:00 to 14:00. The primary aim of this workshop, arranged by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), Rome, Italy, is to present all the mapping results carried out by partners and to gather inputs from external stakeholders. You can cllick here for the agenda.
Please register through the link here.

Launch of the HEALTH-IQ project in Greece: improving quality of care across the WHO European Region

WHO/Europe, through its Athens Office on Quality of Care and Patient Safety, in collaboration with the Government and Ministry of Health of Greece, is hosting the launch event for the Development and Implementation of a Framework for Quality of Care (HEALTH-IQ) project.

This launch event is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the programme's objectives, revealing the strategic plan for the upcoming 3 years. The programme is set to continue until December 2025 and beyond. Read more here.

SHARP Joint Action finishes with a set of recommendations for national- and EU-level policymakers

SHARP Joint Action ended in September 2023. The project started in 2019 and was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the 61 partners of the project were involved in the COVID-19 response efforts in their own countries. Regardless of the difficulties of collaborating during a time of exceptional circumstances, the project managed to strengthen participating countries’ capacities and contribute to a safer Europe to all its citizens. Read more here.

February 29th, like the day itself, is the Rare Disease Day!

Raising awareness and generating change for the 300 million people worldwide living with a rare disease, their families and carers. Read more here.

Honorary Fellowships of RCSI Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery awarded to global experts in health

The awards were conferred on Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, Professor Sir Michael Marmot CH, Dr Diana-Loreta Păun and Dr Amelia Latu Afuhaamango Tuipulotu at the Faculty’s 43rd Annual International Nursing and Midwifery Research and Education Conference at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Read more here.

8. Upcoming courses and conferences

Childhood Respiratory Health
5 Mar 2024 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Respiratory Society, European Lung Foundation

EACCME 3.0: The Next Frontier - A Pan-European CME-CPD Partnership
8 Mar 2024 - 9 Mar 2024 / Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME)

Transforming Primary Health Care: from Spain to Europe
11 Mar 2024 / online and Madrid, Spain
Organiser: Spanish Ministry of Health and co-organised with WHO/Europe

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)

Strengthening health systems: A practical handbook for resilience testing
19 Mar 2024 / Online and Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Health Economics and Health Financing
25 Mar 2024 - 7 Jun 2024 / Hybrid: Allschwil, Switzerland
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)

Strategic Planning for Health Interventions
28 Mar 2024 - 31 May 2024 / Hybrid: Allschwil, Switzerland
Organiser: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

Investing in Healthcare Workforce Governance: Strengthening Equity, Inclusion, and Mental Health & Well-being
11 Apr 2024 - 12 Apr 2024 / Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Organiser: EUPHA Health workforce research section and others

European Mental Health Week
13 May 2024 - 19 May 2024 / Hybrid
Organiser: Mental Health Europe

European Health Management Conference 2024: Shaping and managing innovative health ecosystems
5 Jun 2024 - 7 Jun 2024 / Bucharest, Romania
Organiser: EHMA

12th IUHPE European Conference on Health Promotion
17 Jun 2024 - 18 Jun 2024 / Lodz, Poland
Organiser: Medical University of Lodz

International Whole School Physical Activity Conference #WSPA2024
17 Jun 2024 - 19 Jun 2024 / Bradford, UK
Organiser: University of Bradford, Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research, Yorkshire Sport Foundation

International Summer Professional Development Program: Health and Risk Communication in An Interpandemic World: Strategies for A System Thinking and Equity-Driven Approach
8 Jul 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 / Rome, Italy
Organiser: The American University of Rome

Healthy Aging, Utrecht Summer School
8 Jul 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 / Utrecht, the Netherlands
Organiser: Summerschool Utrecht

Oncology and Public Health
22 Jul 2024 - 9 Aug 2024 / Aarhus, Denmark
Organiser: Aarhus University

Summerschool on General concepts of burden of disease: Introduction to the calculation and use of DALYs
31 Jul 2024 - 2 Aug 2024 / Ghent, Belgium
Organiser: European Burden of Disease Network

Summerschool on Burden of risk factors: Learn how to go from burden to impact
7 Aug 2024 - 9 Aug 2024 / Ghent, Belgium
Organiser: European Burden of Disease Network

SSPH+ Lugano Summer School in Public Health Policy, Economics and Management – 33rd Edition
19 Aug 2024 - 24 Aug 2024 / Lugano, Italy and online
Organiser: SSPH+

Lugano Summer School in Public Health
19 Aug 2024 - 24 Aug 2024 / Online and Lugano, Switzerland
Organiser: SSPH+

Burden of infectious diseases: Learn how to calculate DALYs for infectious diseases
21 Aug 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 / Ghent, Belgium
Organiser: European Burden of Disease Network

Ethics of Environmental Health in Armed Conflict Situations
8 Sep 2024 - 11 Sep 2024 / České Budějovice (Budweis), Czech Republic
Organiser: ISEEH2024

9. Interesting publications

Wearable sensors reveal how stressful situations affect the brain

Mental health issues, many of which are stress-induced, are a significant healthcare challenge. The EU-funded STRESNET project developed techniques to help patients reduce the impact of stress-related memories. The work could lead to preventive interventions that increase our resilience to stress, reducing the burden of mental illness and disease. Read more here.

Embedding resilience in health system performance assessment (HSPA) frameworks can improve adaptability, inclusiveness, and responsiveness to emerging challenges

Health systems around the world are facing challenges in achieving their goals. In the wake of the coronavirus disease pandemic, the need for resilient health systems has become even more apparent. This article argues that embedding resilience into health system performance assessment (HSPA) frameworks can be a valuable approach for improving health system performance. This perspective examines key challenges threatening health systems and makes a case for the continued relevance of HSPA by embedding resilience-related performance intelligence. Read more here.

THIS institute’s open-access series, Elements of Improving Quality and Safety in Healthcare, brings together critical evidence-based overviews of a diverse range of healthcare improvement approaches

This Element examines various approaches to spreading, scaling-up, and sustaining improvements in healthcare, noting their strengths and limitations. It shares case studies to highlight how different ways of viewing spread and scale-up can make a difference in practice. This Element will help improvement practitioners and researchers in understanding what makes for sustainable and scalable initiatives and interventions. Read more here.

Quality indicators for evaluating cancer care in low-income and middle-income country settings: a multinational modified Delphi study

This Policy Review sourced opinions from experts in cancer care across low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) to build consensus around high-priority measures of care quality. A comprehensive list of quality indicators in medical, radiation, and surgical oncology was identified from systematic literature reviews. A modified Delphi study consisting of three 90-min workshops and two international electronic surveys integrating a global range of key clinical, policy, and research leaders was used to derive consensus on cancer quality indicators that would be both feasible to collect and were high priority for cancer care systems in LMICs. Read more here.

Why do cities matter for adolescent mental health and well-being?

The health and wellbeing of young people during adolescence, the period between ages 10 and 19 years, constitute major determinants in their future life prospects. WHO estimates that 35% of the total global burden of disease can be traced back to adolescence. Promotion of good mental health among adolescents is crucial to their wellbeing, as mental health problems now account for over a third of the total burden of disease in adolescents. Read more here.

Rethinking health and care systems: Building more resilient, innovative and person-centred services

The challenge for health services in building back from the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic goes beyond simply recovering the performance of services or reducing backlogs in care to pre-pandemic levels. There is an opportunity to reorient health and care services to ensure more resilient, innovative, and people-centred health and care systems. Read more here.

10. European Institutions’ news

Special Address via video message by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides to the event organised by the European Society of Paediatric Oncology to mark International Childhood Cancer Day

Read the address here.

Webinars by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Click here to view the webinar of 20 February on Engaging the private sector in delivering health care and goods: Governance lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the request of the European Commission, the Observatory is running a public debate on the future health priorities of the European Union. A series of webinars has just wrapped up, and a survey will follow shortly. To make sure you are invited to participate, please subscribe here.

Health Systems and Policy Monitor (HSPM) of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

The HSPM is an innovative platform that provides a detailed description of health systems and provides up-to-date  information on reforms and changes that are particularly policy relevant. For detailed information on country policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020-2021, see our separate COVID-19 Health Systems Response Monitor (HSRM). Here are some of the latest reports:

How do we promote statistical literacy? What does quality mean for statistics?

And how does the EU cooperate with its neighbours and enlargement countries in the field of statistics? How do people and companies in Europe use the Internet and digital technologies? What is experimental statistics?

If interested in (some of) these questions, make sure to listen to Season 2 of EuroStat’s “Stats in a Wrap” podcast here.

To mark Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January, the European Commission held a webinar to raise awareness of the benefits of HPV vaccination

Gathering around 100 people online, the aim of this webinar was to empower health and medical students from across the EU with the knowledge and skills they need to promote the benefits of human papillomavirus(HPV) vaccination, in line with the objectives of the #UnitedInProtection campaign. The webinar was organised just days ahead of the Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation on vaccine-preventable cancers, as a deliverable of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. Read more here.

The commission recommends new measures on vaccine-preventable cancers under Europe's Beating Cancer Plan

The European Commission is putting forward a Recommendation to support Member States in their efforts to prevent cancer through vaccination. Notably, it focuses on boosting the uptake of two key vaccinations that can prevent viral infections that may lead to cancer: against Human papillomaviruses (HPV) and Hepatitis B virus (HBV), as well as improving the monitoring of coverage rates. Read more here.

AMR: New platform for collection of sales and use data of antimicrobials in animals

EMA has just launched the new Antimicrobial Sales and Use (ASU) Platform to support the collection of data by Member States on the sales and use of antimicrobials in animals. Read more here.

Medical devices: Council endorses new measures to help prevent shortages

The Council has endorsed key updates to the law on medical devices that will help prevent shortages and ease the transition to greater transparency and access to information. Read more here.

EU Global Health Strategy: Council approves conclusions

The Council today approved conclusions on the 'EU Global Health Strategy: Better health for all in a changing world', in which it reaffirms the leading role of the EU and its member states in advancing global health.

The Council acknowledges that physical and mental health is a human right and that health is a prerequisite for sustainable development. Read more here.

11. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control news

Eurosurveillance - Volume 29, Issue 8, 22 February 2024

Rapid communication
Interim 2023/24 influenza A vaccine effectiveness: VEBIS European primary care and hospital multicentre studies, September 2023 to January 2024
Marine Maurel, Jennifer Howard, Esther Kissling, Francisco Pozo, Gloria Pérez-Gimeno, Silke Buda, Noémie Sève, Adele McKenna, Adam Meijer, Ana Paula Rodrigues, Iván Martínez-Baz, Ivan Mlinarić, and others
Clinical isolates of ST131 blaOXA-244-positive Escherichia coli, Italy, December 2022 to July 2023
Aurora Piazza, Marta Corbella, Vittoria Mattioni Marchetti, Cristina Merla, Irene Mileto, Angela Kuka, Greta Petazzoni, Stefano Gaiarsa, Roberta Migliavacca, Fausto Baldanti  and Patrizia Cambieri

Wastewater-based reproduction numbers and projections of COVID-19 cases in three areas in Japan, November 2021 to December 2022
Shogo Miyazawa, Ting Sam Wong, Genta Ito, Ryo Iwamoto, Kozo Watanabe, Michiel van Boven, Jacco Wallinga  and Fuminari Miura

Measuring waning protection from seasonal influenza vaccination during nine influenza seasons, Ontario, Canada, 2010/11 to 2018/19
Hannah Chung, Michael A Campitelli, Sarah A Buchan, Aaron Campigotto, Natasha S Crowcroft, Jonathan B Gubbay, James KH Jung, Timothy Karnauchow, Kevin Katz, Allison J McGeer, J Dayre McNally, and others

Application of the screening method for estimating COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness using routine surveillance data: Germany’s experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, July 2021 to March 2023
Nita Perumal, Viktoria Schönfeld  and Ole Wichmann

Eurosurveillance - Volume 29, Issue 7, 15 February 2024

Rapid communication
Gonorrhoea on the rise in Denmark since 2022: distinct clones drive increase in heterosexual individuals
Thomas Roland Pedersen, Maria Wessman, Mikkel Lindegaard, Søren Hallstrøm, Casper Westergaard, Inger Brock, Esad Dzajic, Dennis Back Holmgaard, Christian Salgård Jensen, Ulrik Stenz Justesen, and others.
2023/24 mid-season influenza and Omicron XBB.1.5 vaccine effectiveness estimates from the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN)
Danuta M Skowronski, Yuping Zhan, Samantha E Kaweski, Suzana Sabaiduc, Ayisha Khalid, Romy Olsha, Sara Carazo, James A Dickinson, Richard G Mather, Hugues Charest, Agatha N Jassem, and others

Estimation of antimicrobial resistance of Mycoplasma genitalium, Belgium, 2022I
rith De Baetselier, Hilde Smet, Kaat Kehoe, Imelda Loosen, Marijke Reynders, Iqbal Mansoor, Lorenzo Filippin, Mathieu Cauchie, Ellen Van Even, Nadia Makki, Gilberte Schiettekatte, Wouter Vandewal, and others
Epidemiology of reported cases of leptospirosis in the EU/EEA, 2010 to 2021
Julien Beauté, Francesco Innocenti, Aristos Aristodimou, Michaela Špačková, Caroline Eves, Natalia Kerbo, Ruska Rimhanen-Finne, Mathieu Picardeau, Mirko Faber, Georgios Dougas, and others

Bias in vaccine effectiveness studies of clinically severe outcomes that are measured with low specificity: the example of COVID-19-related hospitalisation
Christian Holm Hansen

Letter to the editor: Further identification of a measles variant displaying mutations impacting molecular diagnostics, Northern Italy, 2024
Clara Fappani, Maria Gori, Silvia Bianchi, Marta Canuti, Daniela Colzani, Melissa Baggieri, Silvia Gioacchini, Emilio D’Ugo, Elisabetta Tanzi, Fabio Magurano  and Antonella Amendola

Eurosurveillance - Volume 29, Issue 6, 08 February 2024

Rapid communication
Early estimates of nirsevimab immunoprophylaxis effectiveness against hospital admission for respiratory syncytial virus lower respiratory tract infections in infants, Spain, October 2023 to January 2024
Mónica López-Lacort, Cintia Muñoz-Quiles, Ainara Mira-Iglesias, F Xavier López-Labrador, Beatriz Mengual-Chuliá, Carlos Fernández-García, Mario Carballido-Fernández, Ana Pineda-Caplliure, and others.
Detection of Crimean–Congo haemorrhagic fever virus in Hyalomma marginatum ticks, southern France, May 2022 and April 2023
Célia Bernard, Charlotte Joly Kukla, Ignace Rakotoarivony, Maxime Duhayon, Frédéric Stachurski, Karine Huber, Carla Giupponi, Iyonna Zortman, Philippe Holzmuller, Thomas Pollet, Mélanie Jeanneau, and others

Rethinking Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) surveillance definitions based on changing healthcare utilisation and a more realistic incubation period: reviewing data from a tertiary-referral hospital, Ireland, 2012 to 2021
Mairead Skally, Kathleen Bennett, Hilary Humphreys  and Fidelma Fitzpatrick

Encephalitis in HIV-negative immunodeficient patients: a prospective multicentre study, France, 2016 to 2019
Sophie Landré, Florence Ader, Olivier Epaulard, Pierre Tattevin, Jean Paul Stahl, Alexandra Mailles  and on behalf of the Steering committee and Investigators

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Rapid communication
Identification of a measles variant displaying mutations impacting molecular diagnostics, Geneva, Switzerland, 2023
Francisco-Javier Pérez-Rodríguez, Pascal Cherpillod, Valentine Thomasson, Pauline Vetter  and Manuel Schibler
Increase in dengue fever in travellers returning from Egypt, Germany 2023
Christina Frank, Raskit Lachmann, Hendrik Wilking  and Klaus Stark

Investigation of an airport-associated cluster of falciparum malaria in Frankfurt, Germany, 2022
Johanna Kessel, Anna Rosanas-Urgell, Tobias Dingwerth, Udo Goetsch, Jonas Haller, Ralph Huits, Johanna H Kattenberg, Anna Meinecke, Pieter Monsieurs, Michael Sroka, Torsten Witte  and Timo Wolf
Large outbreak of typhoid fever on a river cruise ship used as accommodation for asylum seekers, the Netherlands, 2022
Daisy Ooms, Anne de Vries, Femke DH Koedijk, Ellen Generaal, Ingrid HM Friesema, Maxine Rouvroye, Steven FL van Lelyveld, Maaike JC van den Beld, Daan W Notermans, Patrick van Schelven, and others

Systematic Review
Determining the timing of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) epidemics: a systematic review, 2016 to 2021; method categorisation and identification of influencing factors
Lisa Staadegaard, Michel Dückers, Jojanneke van Summeren, Rob van Gameren, Clarisse Demont, Mathieu Bangert, You Li, Jean-Sebastien Casalegno, Saverio Caini  and John Paget

12. WHO news

New series highlights the importance of a positive postnatal experience for all women and newborns

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN’s Special Programme on Human Reproduction (HRP) have launched a new series on maternal and newborn care for a positive postnatal care experience. Read more here.

WHO launches data visualisation dashboard on antimicrobial resistance and use

The 2015 global action plan on antimicrobial resistance (1) stresses the need to strengthen the evidence base on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and use (AMU) through surveillance and research. Comprehensive and quality-assured data on the global and national incidence, prevalence and patterns of AMR in bacterial and fungal infections, as well as the quantity and way in which antimicrobials are used, are essential to address AMR. These data are needed to understand the extent of the problem and its drivers, detect trends and emerging threats, define targets and measure the impact of interventions. Read more here.

WHO releases new guidance on monitoring the social determinants of health equity

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released an operational framework for monitoring social determinants of health equity and actions addressing them. This critical new guidance aims to support countries in evidence-based policymaking to improve health equity, towards the goal of enabling everyone, everywhere, to attain the highest possible standard of health and well-being. Read more here.

The updated WHO Benchmarks for Strengthening Health Emergency Capacities expanded to include public health and social measures (PHSM).

The updated WHO Benchmarks for Strengthening Health Emergency Capacities was published to support the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) and the health emergency prevention, preparedness, response and resilience capacities. Taking on board the lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent health emergencies, the benchmarks expanded to reflect closer alignment with  International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR) monitoring and evaluation framework, the  health systems for health security frameworkdisaster risk management, and the health emergency prevention, preparedness, response and resilience (HEPR) framework. Read more here.

The global cancer burden growing amidst the mounting need for services

Ahead of World Cancer Day, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), released the latest estimates of the global burden of cancer. WHO also published survey results from 115 countries, showing a majority of countries do not adequately finance priority cancer and palliative care services, as part of universal health coverage (UHC). Read more here.

WHO awards countries for progress in eliminating industrially produced trans fats for the first time

WHO has awarded its first-ever certificates validating progress in eliminating industrially produced trans fatty-acids to five countries. Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand have each demonstrated they have a best practice policy for industrially produced trans-fatty acids (iTFA) elimination in effect, supported by adequate monitoring and enforcement systems. WHO also released results from the first five years of its REPLACE initiative to eliminate iTFA. Read more here.

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is 24 March. The 2024 continues with the theme “Yes! We can end TB”

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, 24 March 2024, continues with the theme “Yes! We can end TB”. TB is still one of the world’s deadliest diseases and recent years have seen a worrying increase in drug-resistant TB. Read more here.

Creating a regional collaborative front for harnessing health innovations: WHO/Europe Innovation Ecosystem for Public Health meeting

The WHO European Region is facing complex health challenges that require innovative and transformative approaches to meet the needs of the population. This need for thinking out of the box, and championing opportunities for innovation and technological advancements, is the backdrop of the WHO/Europe Innovation Ecosystem for Public Health meeting to be held in Copenhagen on 11–12 March. The event serves as a platform for stakeholders to collectively address pressing public health challenges through innovative approaches and emerging technologies. It presents a unique opportunity to inspire the innovation ecosystem community, including innovation centres and hubs, to collaborate with WHO and tackle the complex challenges facing the Region. Read more here.

Türkiye earthquakes – 1 year on

The initial 7.7 magnitude earthquake was the most powerful recorded in Türkiye in 84 years. Its impact was devastating across a huge area: 11 provinces in Türkiye were affected, more than 50 000 people lost their lives (including over 7000 refugees, many of whom were Syrian), more than 100 000 were injured, and approximately 1 million people lost their homes. Read more here.

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